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Adam K.

Adam K.

Joined on 09/03/16

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing product, but set your expectations right!\

QNAP TS-831X High-performance 8-bay NAS with Built-in 2 x 10GbE (SFP+) Network, Hardware Encryption, Quad Core 1.7 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 2 x 1GbE
QNAP TS-831X High-performance 8-bay NAS with Built-in 2 x 10GbE (SFP+) Network, Hardware Encryption, Quad Core 1.7 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 2 x 1GbE

Pros: For the price, it is absolutely impossible to beat this NAS! Eight drive slots, which are all full-speed SATA ports, unlike the Synology 1815+. That means you won't be sacrificing any performance. 10 GbE, which you won't find on a Synology until a MUCH more expensive model. Synology has always been top pick when it came to software. But let's face it, the new versions of QTS (the operating system) are functionally indistinguishable (and in some ways better than) the Synology counterparts. Finally, with Enterprise drives that run VERY hot, even on the medium fan settings, this device keeps the drives cool and is almost silent.

Cons: The CPU is weak. Many people like to use these devices as a sort of "all-in-one" to handle all their media transcoding and such. This is not the device for that. It's going to stumble with CPU intensive tasks. It is best used for pure file storage, with maybe a little bit of light duty for Docker or Linux containers. Store you data here and connect a different computer to do the CPU-heavy stuff, like Plex. The new Synology devices are also offering BTRFS support, which is superior to the standard RAID options that this device supports. Hopefully QNAP will offer this option soon.

Overall Review: This device is absolutely more than capable of saturating 10GbE when coupled with SSDs. Even with an array of "spinning rust" (regular drives), it can easily reach 5 Gbps speeds or more, which is more than enough for all file storage and retrieval tasks. If you are just looking for a performant storage solution, look no further. I whole-heartedly recommend this device, especially for the price.

Does what it says

LSI LSI00410 0.6m Internal Cable SFF8643 to x4 SATA HDD (mini SAS HD to SATA data port)--Avago Technologies
LSI LSI00410 0.6m Internal Cable SFF8643 to x4 SATA HDD (mini SAS HD to SATA data port)--Avago Technologies

Pros: This is a solidly built cable that does exactly what it says. It has a solid length and I feel great about the build quality.

Cons: This would be a perfect product with right-angled SATA connectors. Of course I didn't know I needed this until after I ordered, so not really the fault of the product.

12/26/2016

Great Case, but your mileage may vary!

Fractal Design Define R5 Titanium Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define R5 Titanium Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case

Pros: This is an amazing case. If you are looking for a case with tons of features from cooling to hard drive mounting, look no further. Almost every face of the case has a panel you can remove to mount a fan. Inside, it has a ton of space to mount hard drives, cabling, radiators and other cooling implements. Natively, it holds eight 3.5" drives and two 2.5" drives. It has room for an additional three 3.5" drives if you replace the 5.25" bays.

Cons: It's HUGE. But this is only a con if you don't realize this in advance.

12/26/2016

Perfect RAM for my Xeon D

Kingston ValueRAM 32GB (1 x 32GB) DDR4 2400 RAM (Server Memory) ECC Reg Micron A DIMM (288-Pin) KVR24R17D4/32MA
Kingston ValueRAM 32GB (1 x 32GB) DDR4 2400 RAM (Server Memory) ECC Reg Micron A DIMM (288-Pin) KVR24R17D4/32MA

Pros: After dealing with PowerEdge Servers, ordering RAM always makes me a bit nervous. This RAM just seemed to be a bit too good to be true (for the price). I certainly wasn't disappointed. Not only did this RAM work in my Xeon D-1541 Server, but it was for an amazing price considering some of the comparable ones where $40+ more per stick. And it's a trusted brand.

Cons: Absolutely no problems.

12/26/2016

Small package that is just overflowing with power!

CSE-721TQ-250B X10SDV-TLN4F
CSE-721TQ-250B X10SDV-TLN4F

Pros: This is an amazing server if you are looking for something powerful that sips wattage at the wall. It also has 4 hot swap bays for 3.5" drives, 2 internal bays for 2.5" drives and the ability to put in an M.2 SATA SSD. Talk about features in tiny package! It is also fully supported in ESXi, making it a perfect virtualization server.

Cons: My only complaint is that this board has 10GBase-T instead of SFP+. SFP+ is just far more ubiquitous and cheaper to deal with than RJ45 based 10 GbE.

12/12/2016