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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
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TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: QNAP

Virtualization Station

 

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

 

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Continuing with the setup.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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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