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Qnap TS-531X - 10gig (hi speed) network NAS - $492.49

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I started out with a Dlink 323 NAS. That NAS could not go past 12mb/sec on my 1G network due to it's slow CPU (it was no slower on a 100mb network). I've since bought half a dozen NAS including the DLink 321, 343, Synolog, and Zyxel (which was surprisingly good for the price I paid). I installed the Zyxel at a local Sheriff's office and it's still running to this day. Now I'm getting serious about upgrading to a NAS that supports the new 10G network and found a deal at amazon on the Qnap TS-531X. It supports 2-10G ports. Can anyone find a better price on this at the current time? I know woot had a qnap sale just yesterday, but it's sold out on all their QNAP units.

Originally $599.

https://www.amazon.com/TS-531X-2G...ds=TS-431X

Looking at this price history that's the lowest price on amazon. Too bad they charge tax in certain states (ca for one).

Update: as of 4:54pm on 11/19, the price has dropped to $490.03.

11/17/17 $492.49
11/19/17 $490.03
11/20/17 $487.58
11/22/17 $486.12
11/28/17 $484.66
12/04/17 $483.99
12/05/17 $481.57
12/06/17 $477.xx
12/07/17 $475.20
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ARM processors suck, software is very limited. If your going to get a NAS make sure it's x86.
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ARM processors suck, software is very limited. If your going to get a NAS make sure it's x86.
Do you recommend any? I am novice and would greatly appreciate your help and advise.
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Which Synology model did you use before? I upgraded to DS216+ from DS212j earlier this year and couldn't be more happier with the performance. For the specifications you are looking for you may want to go with DS918+, it comes with a quad-core 1.5Ghz Celeron and double the memory (4Gb) of the TS-531X

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Do you recommend any? I am novice and would greatly appreciate your help and advise.
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ARM processors suck, software is very limited. If your going to get a NAS make sure it's x86.
You want a nas or computer? This is a good nas esp if you're looking for one with fast Xfer speed through the network. Find a fast nas with 10G networking with x86 at this price with a qnap rep and I'll buy it.
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You want a nas or computer?

I think a lot of people that say that are wanting to use these as Plex servers, since the ARM processors don't do well with transcoding.

I totally agree they're great as a general NAS, though.
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I am also looking for a NAS for Plex. According to the review from smallnetbuilder, it looks like this ARM processor (by Annapurna Labs) got decent performance as a NAS server, but may not be powerful enough for multimedia use.
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/n...s-reviewed

Here is a useful page I found for people like me who are looking for a NAS for Plex:
https://www.qnap.com/solution/ple...nas/en-us/
I think it explains everything you need to know about Plex and transcoding. Also it looks like the QNAP x73 series is capable of transcoding two high bitrate 1080p simultaneously (according to this press [prnewswire.com]from QNAP and Plex)

Anyhow, a decent 5 bay NAS with less than $500 is definitely a great deal. And for multimedia, a x86 NAS would be a better choice.
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Which Synology model did you use before? I upgraded to DS216+ from DS212j earlier this year and couldn't be more happier with the performance. For the specifications you are looking for you may want to go with DS918+, it comes with a quad-core 1.5Ghz Celeron and double the memory (4Gb) of the TS-531X
Why are you comparing a x86 NAS with an ARM-based NAS? That doesn't make any sense to me. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)

The right model to compare with should be DS1517 (same processor and memory) which is $599 ($100+ more than this deal), and it has not 10G nor PCIe expansion.
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Why are you comparing a x86 NAS with an ARM-based NAS? That doesn't make any sense to me. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)

The right model to compare with should be DS1517 (same processor and memory) which is $599 ($100+ more than this deal), and it has not 10G nor PCIe expansion.
I know, right? Everyone has their own expectations. I want to convert my home network to 10G and I'm building it piece by piece. I'm looking for a 5 bay NAS with 10G and this fits the bill. It will be faster than all my other NAS so I'm sure this will fit me well. I don't run plex ... yet.

It'll be part of my drive array for my websites and I will use it to back up all my machines, including my Macs

Seriously guys, if you want a kick-ass transcoder and want fast video xfer through your home network, why not get a really fast NAS (for the network) like this one with the 10G network support and take an old PC with x86 cpu and have that computer do the transcoding. Put a 10G Nic card in it and you'll have the best of both worlds. Writing to the NAS on a 10G network with that transcoding computer you repurposed will be as fast, if not faster, than writing to it's local drive(s).

That's what I'll likely do. To me having fast xfer rates to/from NAS is important to me after coming from a dlink ds323 NAS that max out about 12mb/sec. I've owned a lot of NAS and from my experience getting data to and from the NAS is key. 10G will probably be around for over a decade (see how long the gigabit networks have been around) so this NAS will last me a while.

Also, the arm processor in the systembuilder review for the 4bay NAS is dual core. The 531x is quad core (twice the cores).
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I'm afraid there is a limited number of use cases when people would need 10G speed between home network devices and would not care about CPU. I'd rather have a 1G device with a stronger CPU (so I would not worry about running Plex on it), especially given that most network switches and devices would not support 10G to begin with.
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Maybe you guys can help me. I've been trying to look for a replacment for my HP ProLiant MicroServer I bought back in 2012. It has 4x 8tb drives in it just upgraded it recently. It has done that I have needed it to do so far and still running great. I have upgraded the freenas on it ever since I have had it so its pretty current. Max ram this thing would take was 8gb so thats whats in it. The freenas version calls for 16gb but seems to be running fine. I am using it for the plugins that you can install. I am running Sabnzbd, CouchPotato, SickRage, Plex and maybe a couple more. I am looking for something with bays like this Qnap. The MicroServer that i have now has 4 bays so this one having 5 is a plus. Are plugins like this available for the Qna and is it possible to run freenas on it? I am looking for a system with 4 or 5 bays like this one, at least 16gb of ram and a decent processor. I would rather buy a product than build my own. The only thing I have seen are newer versions of the Microserver that I have but trying to see what else is out there but not able to find much that will run freenas. Thanks.

Edit: Doing some simple searching..it seems there are way to install everything I have been using on a Qnap appliance.
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ARM processors suck, software is very limited. If your going to get a NAS make sure it's x86.
Thats going to change soon.

Qualcomm and its Centriq processor is very competitive.... It brings many tangible benefits, like lower power at comparable performance to existing x86 processors (something Intel has always had trouble with).
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Maybe you guys can help me. I've been trying to look for a replacment for my HP ProLiant MicroServer I bought back in 2012. It has 4x 8tb drives in it just upgraded it recently. It has done that I have needed it to do so far and still running great. I have upgraded the freenas on it ever since I have had it so its pretty current. Max ram this thing would take was 8gb so thats whats in it. The freenas version calls for 16gb but seems to be running fine. I am using it for the plugins that you can install. I am running Sabnzbd, CouchPotato, SickRage, Plex and maybe a couple more. I am looking for something with bays like this Qnap. The MicroServer that i have now has 4 bays so this one having 5 is a plus. Are plugins like this available for the Qna and is it possible to run freenas on it? I am looking for a system with 4 or 5 bays like this one, at least 16gb of ram and a decent processor. I would rather buy a product than build my own. The only thing I have seen are newer versions of the Microserver that I have but trying to see what else is out there but not able to find much that will run freenas. Thanks.

Edit: Doing some simple searching..it seems there are way to install everything I have been using on a Qnap appliance.
I was also looking for SABznbd! Found this link from SABnzbd website:
https://forum.qnap.com/viewtopic....0&t=132373

However like I said, for Plex this NAS may not be the best option but it's up to you. I am thinking about the TVS-473.
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I'm afraid there is a limited number of use cases when people would need 10G speed between home network devices and would not care about CPU. I'd rather have a 1G device with a stronger CPU (so I would not worry about running Plex on it), especially given that most network switches and devices would not support 10G to begin with.
Well for sure 10G is not really necessary for most home environments. But I also notice that there are some good $500 10G switches from Ubuquiti, so maybe it's not a bad idea to have a NAS that comes with 10G.
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Well for sure 10G is not really necessary for most home environments. But I also notice that there are some good $500 10G switches from Ubuquiti, so maybe it's not a bad idea to have a NAS that comes with 10G.
Hmmm. I was looking at that $500 ubiquity switch (I think we're talking about the same one if it's the one with 12 10G ports with two of them being optical). Just a few years ago people were saying the same thing about gigabit networks. Who would need that type of speed at home?!

System backups, for one would happen very quickly. Those that deal with videos esp 4K videos know the benefits of a fast link.

Unfortunately early adopters usually pay the price for early hardware. A thunderbolt to 10G network device to allow my 2016 MacBook Pro to talk to a 10G network is about $400 Frown.
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