Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

QNAP Rolls out Quad-core 4-bay TS-453BT3 Thunderbolt 3 NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today unveiled the TS-453BT3, a 4-bay NAS that combines high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity with a pre-installed QM2 PCIe card, providing dual M.2 SATA SSD slots and 10GbE connectivity. Along with its sleek OLED display and 4K HDMI output, the TS-453BT3 provides SMBs, workgroups and media professionals with a feature-rich and high-performance storage solution.

The TS-453BT3 is powered by an Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.50 GHz processor (burst up to 2.30 GHz) with dual-channel 8 GB DDR3L RAM. The pre-installed QM2 card provides SSD caching and 10 GbE connectivity, helping to provide up to 683 MB/s read speeds. The TS-453BT3 also includes a free RM-IR004 remote control that can be coupled with the QButton app to provide one-touch functionality for everyday operations.
Featuring two Thunderbolt 3 ports that deliver up to 514 MB/s read speeds, the TS-453BT3 provides an ideal collaborative 4K media editing platform for both Mac and Windows users, allowing easy sharing of large media files to improve productivity. The TS-453BT3 also provides a unique Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet (T2E) converter, allowing computers without Ethernet ports (such as MacBook Pro) to access 10 GbE network resources over a Thunderbolt connection. The TS-453BT3 supports block-based snapshots, allowing users to easily backup and restore the NAS to a previous state in the event of an unexpected NAS failure or when struck by a ransomware attack.

"In the 4K era, media professionals often face the challenges of slow connections and insufficient storage capacity. The QNAP TS-453BT3 tackles these problems with Thunderbolt 3 and 10GbE connectivity, M.2 SSD caching, and expandable storage, helping users to streamline production workflows while providing sufficient storage space for creative works," said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP.

Featuring the latest QTS 4.3 operating system, the TS-453BT3 series provides a wide range of applications from the built-in App Center: "Qsirch" provides full-text search for quickly finding files; "IFTTT Agent" and "Qfiling" help automate user workflows for improved efficiency and productivity; "Qsync" and "Hybrid Backup Sync" simplifies file sharing and syncing across devices; "QmailAgent" and "Qcontactz" allow easier management of multiple email accounts and contact information.

Key specifications
  • 4-bay tower model; Quad-core Intel Celeron J3455 1.5GHz processor (burst up to 2.3GHz), dual-channel 8GB DDR3L SODIMM RAM; hot-swappable 2.5"/3.5" SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD; 2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports; 2 x M.2 2280 SATA SSD slots and 1 x 10GBASE-T LAN port (pre-installed QM2 PCIe card); 2 x Gigabit LAN ports; 2 x HDMI v1.4b (up to 4K UHD); 5 x USB 3.0 ports (1 x front; 4 x rear); OLED display with touch-sensitive buttons.
For more information, visit the product page.
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5 Comments on QNAP Rolls out Quad-core 4-bay TS-453BT3 Thunderbolt 3 NAS

No MSRP? I guess that places this in the "If you have to ask..." category. Not that I could ever really understand NAS pricing. Sure, they're small and have specialized software that's probably not cheap to maintain. But for the money, at least for consumers, the value seems horrible. It'd be hard to find a case as compact that could fit as many drives, and in this case dual TB3 connectors are hard to find on motherboards, but you could most likely build a custom mITX NAS with FreeNAS or a similar open-source OS in a not-too-large form factor for noticeably less money, even with 10GBE.

For businesses that don't care that much for the cost, and would rather be able to call for support than have a system run by their own IT department, I guess these make sense. Barely.
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An interesting product and I think QNAP has an edge over Synology.

The 2 x HDMI v1.4b (up to 4K UHD) seems a bit of an odd choice since it really should be HDMI 2.0 or better if they are going to specify 4K support. So its either an error or an oversight IMO. A Celeron processor along with Thunderbolt 3 seems like an odd pairing as well. I have to wonder if there is some kind of hardware decode support for playing media.

Generally speaking I wouldn't mind having one of these but I would prefer more HDD bays (8 min 12 or 16 max).
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Could be worse,.....

QNAP has some NAS units with Thunderbolt support that go as high as about ~$3500 USD and possibly more. Granted they aren't Celeron based though,....
Still, for ~$1000 you could easily build a reasonably small form factor ITX PC with 4-6 drive bays (such as a Fractal Node 304 or Silverstone CS01-HS if you want hot-swap), with an internal PSU, a faster CPU (i3?), similar graphics outputs, and a 10GBE card (although 5GBE would save you some money if you don't need the ultimate in network speed). Oh, and it'd have room for an NVME drive for a swap drive, unlike the QNAP one (m.2, but only SATA). ASROCK has a nice Z270 board that would do the job quite nicely, although you'd lose one TB3 port and front mounted TB3 (OTOH, you'd gain a whole lot of flexibility and configurability).
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