QNAP has always offered a variety of NAS- and RAID-compatible solutions that can be used for virtually any computing, networking, and storage need. The brand’s latest offerings, the TVS-hx74 and TS-x64 series, are no exception and feature upgrades that will help users and businesses further excel.
The TVS-hx74 ZFS NAS for Virtualization Applications
The TVS-hx74 series, which is made up of the QNAP TVS-h474 4-Bay NAS Enclosure, QNAP TVS-h674 6-Bay NAS Enclosure, and QNAP TVS-h874 8-Bay NAS Enclosure, features the ZFS-based QuTS hero operating system, which helps ensure data integrity for SMBs and supports block-level inline data deduplication and compression, near-limitless snapshots, real-time SnapSync, and SSD optimization. Whether for mission-critical file servers, virtualization servers, collaborative video editing, or efficient data backup and recovery applications, any member of the TVS-hx74 series is an ideal NAS solution. They also provide PCIe Gen 4 expandability, M.2 NVMe SSD caching, and 2.5GbE connectivity for high-speed virtualization network environments.
In selecting which unit may be a better fit for you, the TVS-h474 has four 3.5" drive bays, is powered by a 3.7 GHz Pentium Gold G7400 Dual-Core processor, and 8GB of DDR4 memory. The TVS-h674 has six 3.5" drive bays and gives users the choice of a 3.3 GHz Intel® Core™ i3-12100 Quad-Core processor with 16GB of DDR4 memory, or a 2.5 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-12400 Six-Core processor with 32GB of DDR4 memory. If you have serious storage needs, you’ll want the TVS-h874, with its eight 3.5" drive bays, which is backed by a 2.5 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-12400 Six-Core processor and 32GB of DDR4 memory.
All these models may have their memory upgraded to a max of 128GB and are also equipped with a 10 Gb/s USB-C port, two 10 Gb/s USB-A ports, an HDMI 1.4b port, and two M.2 2280 slots for SSD caching.
The TS-x64: 2.5GbE Connectivity with Integrated Intel® Celeron™ Quad-Core CPUs
Both the QNAP TS-464 4-Bay NAS Enclosure and TS-664 6-Bay NAS Enclosure are powered by a 2.0 GHz Intel® Celeron™ Quad-Core processor, 4GB of DDR4 memory, and feature two 2.5GbE RJ45 ports and port trunking for up to 5 Gb/s of bandwidth. Thanks to the PCIe 3.0 x2 expansion card slot, users will be able to extend their NAS functionality by installing a 10GbE/5GbE network card or a QM2 card for M.2 SSD caching, which works with the existing M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x1 slots to enhance Edge TPU technology performance for AI image recognition. Either of these setups is a solid choice for those looking for run light VMs and containers, and supports multi-cloud backup, cloud storage gateways, 4K HDMI output, and real-time transcoding, alongside an expandable storage capacity and feature-rich apps to perform as a cost-efficient, reliable 2.5GbE NAS.
Both models also have two 10 Gb/s USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports and two 480 Mb/s USB-A 2.0 ports for connecting external peripherals, two M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x1 slots for cache acceleration or SSD storage pools, and operate using the QTS hero operating system. For tasks that require a bit more oomph, the memory may be upgraded to a maximum of 16GB. Aside from the TS-464 having four 3.5" drive bays and the TS-664 having six 3.5" drive bays, these models are largely similar and will suit the needs of professionals and office users with high-speed demands.
Well, there you have it. Both series offer solid picks, but in the end, what do you need? If you need M.2 SSD caching with PCIe 3.0 expandability for high-speed file transmission and virtualization applications, go for the TS-x64 series. If you’re running an entry-level SMB and need PCIe 4.0 expandability for 10/25GbE connectivity and M.2 NVMe SSD caching, then you’ll want one of the TVS-hx74 models.
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