Most NAS are large boxes that take several 3.5-inch SATA drives, but QNAP TBS-464 NASbook is a different beast with an ultra-thin design enabled by four M.2 PCIe slots for NVMe SSDs, plus two 2.5 GbE ports to match the higher data transfer speed allowed by the SSDs.
The NAS is equipped with a recent Intel Celeron N5105/N5095 Jasper Lake quad-core processor coupled with 8GB DDR4 memory, and also offers USB 3.0 ports, as well as two HDMI 2.0 video outputs and an IR receiver that would make it suitable as a NAS & HTPC combo, for example, running Plex.
- SoC – Intel Celeron N5105/N5095 quad-core processor @ 2.0 / GHz with Intel UHD graphics; TDP: 10 or 15W TDP
- System Memory – 8 GB DDR4 soldered on board
- 4GB flash for OS with dual boot OS protection
- 4 x M.2 2280 NVMe Gen3 x2 slots for SSDs
- Networking – 2x 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet ports (2.5G/1G/100M) with Wake on LAN (WOL), Jumbo Frame support, up to 5 Gbps transfer speeds using port trunking.
- Video Output – 2x HDMI 2.0 ports up to 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 ports, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) ports
- IR Sensor
- SSD LED Indicators
- Power, Reset, Copy, Audio volume buttons
- System fan (25 dBA)
- Buzzer for system alarms
- Kensington security slot
- Power Supply – 65W, 100-240V
- Power Consumption
- HDD sleep mode – 18 Watts
- Operation – 28W with four drives
- Dimensions (HxWxD) – Approx. 23 x 16.5 x 3 cm
- Weight – About 800 grams
- Temperature Range – Operating: 0 – 40°C; storage: -20 – 70°C
- Relative Humidity – 5-95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C
QNAP TBS-464 ships with QTS 5.0 Linux like other NAS from the company and ships with a power supply and cord, one Ethernet cable, a guide start guide, as well as thermal pads and heatsinks for four SSDs. From a technical perspective, the NAS looks great with its ultra-thin form factor, high-performance, a quasi silent operation with the fan only generation 25 dbA of noise, and 8TB M.2 NMVe SSDs are now available.
That’s as long as money is no object, as it will be costly, not necessarily because of the NAS itself, whose price we don’t know yet [Update: it’s about US$685, see comments section], but because 3.5-inch drives are much cheaper than M.2 NVMe SSD per TB. For instance, having a system with four Corsair MP400 8TB SSDs would cost close to $6,000 for storage alone, while doing the same with 8TB 3.5-inch SATA drives should cost $600 to $800.
So it’s probably either useful to well-off people who care about design and silence, or people who really need the performance and form factor of such solution, possibly companies that need to frequently back up large amounts of data, with such a system saving space and a lot of time, cutting backup times from days to hours.
More details can be found on the product page with hardware and software user manuals, download links to the OS, and more.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.