As noted throughout our review, the QNAP TS-470 is certainly one of the most powerful NAS appliances we have tested. It certainly brings another option to the market for SMB users that want a storage solution that offers tremendous options and blazing performance. The QNAP TS-470 offers the traditional four bay design we have seen many times and with that comes the same build quality we have enjoyed from QNAP. The front of the unit offers quick management through its front mounted LCD panel.
With the inclusion of the QTS 4.0.5 OS, SMB users now have more options for their storage in terms of capacity, expandability and of course my favorite part, SSD caching. As SSD caching has trickled down from the enterprise market, we have seen it increasingly used in external storage solutions. With QNAP bringing it to their line-up of x70 NAS appliances, it brings forth yet another option for SMB users to manage their readily available storage arrays, without losing performance, and in many cases offering increased performance and reduced latency for hot data.
With technology such as this, the price tends to reflect the upgrade. With the TS-470, while it does cost slightly more than the previous TS-469 Pro at $819.99, the unit offers an ample hardware upgrade with an additional two ports of gigabit connectivity and socketed Celeron G550 processor.
Another area where users may find comfort is in memory expandability, as the unit ships with 2GB of DDR3 memory. Previous units, such as the TS-469 Pro topped out at 3GB. The TS-470 Pro adds to this, offering large upgrade capabilities of 16GB at its peak.
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