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QNAP TS-451 Four Bay SOHO NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: QNAP

Virtualization Station




When first loading up Virtualization Station, we were prompted by this port warning seen above.




Continuing with the setup.




Here you will need to choose your default folder. When first running through these steps, I would advise against using Internet Explorer, as it prevented the selection screens from functioning correctly in my testing.




Once you finish up with those initial options, you will land here. From here, as you can see, QNAP has a few profiles setup for different sizes of VMs. At the top, you can choose to run a custom VM as well.




Above, you can see that we chose to setup a Windows 8.1 VM with 1 core, and 2GB of RAM.




This is a familiar setup screen for those of you that have installed Windows 8.




Here we have idle CPU and memory usage after getting the VM completely setup. A tip for using the VM is to remote into the machine, instead of using the console. I found the console to be a bit laggy at times, while RDC provided a seamless environment.



CodexPack Transcoding




As you can see above, CodexPack is QNAP's hardware transcoding technology. My own educated guess is that this enables Quick Sync for transcoding through Intel's VA-API.




Here I have setup a folder to have all videos transcoded to 1080p for playback on my MacBook Pro.




Above, you can see we have quite a list of videos in the queue. What I can say is this list did take quite a while to transcode; the further away from 1080p, the longer it took. For a standard DVD quality film, it took about a minute or two for the task to be complete.




Here we have the CPU usage during transcoding; not that it proves quick sync is working, but it does show a good amount of processing is going on.

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