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
|Quality including Design and Build||89%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||86%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
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.
PRICING: You can find the QNAP TurboNAS TS-431+ for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The QNAP TurboNAS TS-431+ retails for $409 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The QNAP TurboNAS TS-431+ retails for £314 at Amazon UK.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [QNAP TS-431+ NAS Appliance]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Web Management]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Single Client Throughput]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Sequential Workloads]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - SMB Workloads]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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