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QNAP Turbo vNAS TVS-463 SMB NAS Appliance Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: May 11, 2015 2:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: QNAP

Final Thoughts

 

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As we have seen NAS appliances evolve becoming the center of attention in our living rooms to now a desktop companion or second PC, QNAP has been at the forefront of innovation. With the launch of the TVS series, we now have our first AMD platform in a NAS that brings closer to us a more stable platform for virtualization.

 

With that said, Virtualization Station does take quite a bit of horsepower to deploy. In my experience over the last two QNAP products I have tested, I can say that it's almost there. With the TS451, it was almost unusable with any Windows OS, while the TVS-463 having slightly more power is able to handle it easier, or without too much lag getting in the way. However, that's not to say there isn't any lag, as using the VM over console does produce enough to frustrate the easily rattled person. If you want a secondary full time PC, the QNAP TVS-463 can do it, but don't expect it to be a top of the line experience.

 

Build quality of the TVS-463 is as expected quite good. With the new gold color scheme things underneath are largely unchanged. We still have the solid metal chassis giving this unit its weight and durability, while the front of the unit houses things we enjoy, such as locking trays and a small LCD screen so we knows what's going on.

 

Performance of this NAS solution was quite good in single client and sequential testing with chart topping results in all RAID arrays, while workloads did present some issues, the unit was able to produce some of the lowest latency numbers we have seen in a while, especially with RAID 10.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance92%
Quality including Design and Build89%
General Features91%
Bundle and Packaging87%
Value for Money82%
Overall TweakTown Rating88%

The Bottom Line: QNAP's TVS-463 NAS is as solid as they come with top tier performance and a plethora of features. However, the price point may be hard to swallow, but is worth it if you want all the bells and whistles.

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