It has been a few months since I last had a QNAP system in the lab, but the TVS-473 is a reminder why they are a market leader and have been for quite some time. QNAP platforms typically cost a bit more depending on the build. For instance, this four-bay platform is carrying a $1299.99 MSRP being a 16G model. With that said, QNAP platforms also tend to be more than a data storage system. That is the case with the TVS-473.
The TVS-473 was our second AMD platform NAS to come through the lab, and again, I'm pleased with the results. Regarding build quality, the QNAP name should offer a few bonus points, but minus the color of the enclosure, it's a solid platform. Both the front a rear I/O of this unit is stacked top to bottom with external connectivity, and internally QNAP has chosen to add PCIe access should you want to take things further, as I did by adding the Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro for 10Gb testing.
The performance was hands down amazing. In conjunction with our 10Gbe test network, I was able to pull off solid 50K IOPs performance in mixed workloads while sequential reached 740 MB/s read and 400 MB/s write. Our single client NASPT testing showed this unit consistently quicker than the comparable platform with peak performance coming from 650 MB/s in playback to 620 MB/s in record. File Copy operations peaked at 660 MB/s by 420 MB/s, respectively.
QTS too has changed as a mentioned in the review; it seems a bit more refined with the entire platform being categorized including the control panel which for me gives a cleaner flow. The app store continues to expand and includes must have apps like Download Station, Virtualization Station, and Plex.
QNAP is doing great work with its embedded NAS platform using AMD APUs. The TVS-473 is a solid device top to bottom which can handle both your data storage needs and no doubt double as your mainstream value PC.
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The Bottom Line: QNAP's TVS-473 NAS is a damn fast machine. It eats data storage for breakfast and can be your PC at lunch - a true workhorse machine that comes recommended.
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