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QNAP TurboNAS TS-431+ Consumer NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Aug 21, 2015 1:53 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: QNAP

Final Thoughts

 

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As we found in testing, QNAP's TS-431+ certainly has its place in the market as a pure storage appliance. When compared to previously tested platforms, the QNAP device was consistently near the top of our charts, and excelled exceptionally well in Sequential and Web Server workloads.

 

 

Build quality is solid and on par with expectations for a consumer unit. Like the TS-451 we reviewed, this unit comes apart quite easily, allowing you access to the internal components; though I'm not sure this platform would benefit from any upgrades. The drive trays, being plastic, eliminate any potential harmonics from being transferred throughout the chassis and are stout enough to handle the weight of any 3.5" hard drive.

 

Performance was good and what was expected of this unit. While SoC based platforms are few and far between these days, they do have a place in the storage market, and as we found today, can perform quite well with the right drives. Sequential read and write topped 100 MB/s in all three of the tested RAID modes, while write performance too was able to hit the same performance level. Workload testing showed how strong this unit was with Web Server as it was at the top of the charts in both IOPS and latency.

 

With all the extras that go with NAS appliances today, the QNAP TS-431+ is setup to handle the workload of a typical home and possibly a small office. For those wanting the flexibility in accessing their data anywhere, you can build your own cloud with myQNAPCloud, and for those that just want network storage, this unit can fit that bill as well.

 

Overall, the QNAP TS-431+ is a surprisingly solid performer that comes in with an MSRP of $409.99. Looking at the market, only the ReadyNAS 104 from Netgear and a couple Seagate platforms are any cheaper when it comes to diskless units.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance89%
Quality including Design and Build89%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money86%
Overall TweakTown Rating88%

The Bottom Line: QNAP's TS-431+ NAS is a welcomed upgrade over the previous generation and adds to their extensive portfolio of solid, performance network storage appliances.

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