QNAP TS-464-4G Review

The Taiwanese company QNAP Systems, which is primarily known for network solutions like network attached storage (NAS), routers and switches, already introduced two new NAS systems in September last year. The models belong to the TS-x64 series and offer space for four (TS-464) or six (TS-664) drives as well as two SSDs in M.2 format.

Both rely on current Intel Celeron quad-core processors and at least 4 GB RAM. Furthermore, the compact towers offer, among other things, two 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet ports, an HDMI port and a total of four USB ports.
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The current QTS version 5.0 is used as the operating system. This offers HBS (Hybrid Backup Sync), block-based snapshots for data backup, the integration of private and public cloud storage, virtualization applications or helps with the provision of monitoring systems, among other things. There is also a large number of apps for multimedia applications, streaming, office and more.

The QNAP TS-464-4G comes in a plain brown cardboard box. On it are the MAC addresses, serial number and a sticker along with a photo of the NAS, some technical details and features. The NAS itself is well and safely stored thanks to styrofoam.

Next to the NAS itself are screws for mounting the drives, a Cat5e network cable, an AC adapter, a power cord and a quick start guide. The length of the network cable is 1.80 m.

Design and hardware of the QNAP TS-464-4G

The NAS’s chassis is made entirely of black plastic, aside from a gold stripe on the front and steel back. This is mostly matte, while the front is rather glossy and translucent. On top of the gold strip is the power button and below that are status LEDs for power/status, LAN, USB, and the individual HDDs.

At the bottom, there is also a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port and the USB One Touch copy button. With the help of these, the external drive’s data can be backed up or synchronized with just one touch. The rear of the case houses the two 2.5-GBit Ethernet ports, USB 2.0 ports, another USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, HDMI port, power connector and a Kensington lock.

The QNAP TS-464-4G is opened at the front. There is a switch on the left side, then the black tinted front can be removed to the side and the bay frames for the drives can be accessed. Apart from the SATA ports, the hardware is located on the right side of the case. The two M.2 slots are at the front and thus easily accessible, the PCIe slot is accessed from the back and is located above the fan.

With dimensions of 168 x 170 x 226 mm, the case is very compact and only slightly larger than the four possible drives themselves. Material quality and workmanship are very good. The glossy black front is visually very appealing, but has the disadvantage that dust is easily visible on it.

The hardware in detail

QNAP relies on Intel’s current Jasper Lake processors for the TS-464-4G, more precisely the Celeron N5105 or also the N5095. Both models are quad-core processors, with a clock of 2 GHz as the base frequency and 2.9 GHz as the burst frequency, which are manufactured in a 10 nm process.

While the Celeron N5095 is designed for a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 15 W, this is only 10 W for the N5105, which makes it easier to cool. Furthermore, the Intel UHD graphics of the Celeron N5105 has 24 instead of 16 execution units, a slightly higher burst frequency and thus more graphics performance. Which CPU is installed is not stated in retail or even on the box, in our case it is the Intel Celeron N5105.

In addition to the TS-464-4G, which has 4GB of DDR4 RAM, the NAS is also available as the TS-464-8G with 8GB of DDR4 RAM. While the TS-464-4G has two SO-DIMM slots, supports dual-channel and the RAM can be expanded up to 16 GB (2x 8 GB), it is soldered in the TS-464-8G and cannot be expanded.

The TS-464-4G offers space for up to four 3.5-inch hard disks, 2.5-inch hard disks or even 2.5-inch SSDs. The two M.2 slots can be used for SSD caching or as data carriers, are connected with PCIe Gen3x1 (up to 1,000 MB/s) and offer space for SSDs with a length of up to 80 mm, which also supports the widely used M.2-2280 format. The PCIe slot can also be used to retrofit QM2 cards for additional M.2 slots, Edge TPU for AI image recognition or various 10GbE/5GbE network cards.

Wrapping Up

Overall, the QNAP TS-464-4G proves to be a quite potent and well usable NAS system for home users or even small businesses in the test. The four drive bays allow for a lot of storage space and probably also sufficient reliability in this area. Users with demanding applications can also accelerate the NAS with a RAM upgrade or via SSD caching, or expand it via the PCIe slot. The price is also attractive at just under 500€ (as of 1/13/2023) for a current 4-bay NAS with this equipment.

The assembly and setup of the TS-464-4G is easy. Those who don’t have any experience with NAS systems or the QTS operating system are well guided through the setup and the apps, which are available in a variety for the NAS itself but also smartphones. Furthermore, the detailed documentation on the QNAP website is linked in many places, so you can quickly read up on new topics if necessary.

Specifications of the QNAP TS-464-4G

  • CPU : Intel Celeron N5105/N5095 (4 cores, 4 threads)
  • CPU architecture : 64-bit x86
  • Graphics processor : Intel UHD Graphics
  • Memory : 4 GB SODIMM DDR4 (1x 4 GB)
  • Max. memory : 16 GB (2x 8 GB)
  • Flash memory : 4 GB (dual boot OS protection)
  • Drive bay : 4x 3.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s
  • Drive compatibility : 3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives,
  • 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives,
  • 2.5-inch SATA SSDs
  • M.2 slot : 2x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x1
  • PCIe slot : 1x PCIe Gen 3 x2
  • Connectors : 2x 2.5-Gbit Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbit/s), 1x HDMI 2.1
  • Other features : Floating point unit, encryption engine (AES-NI), hardware accelerated transcoding, hot-swappable, SSD cache acceleration support, Wake on LAN (WOL), IR sensor
  • Form factor : Tower
  • Dimensions : 168 x 170 x 226 mm
  • Weight : 2.26 kg
  • Operating temperature : 0 – 40 °C
  • Storage temperature : -20 – 70°C
  • Power consumption : Disk idle: 21.618 W / Typical: 40.536 W (Tested with fully populated drives)
  • Fan : 1 x 120mm, 12VDC
  • Scope of delivery : TS-464-4G, screws, Cat5e network cable, AC adapter, power cord, quick start guide
  • Price : € 521.03

Chinedu Okeke

Chinedu is the founder of Nigerian Tech. He is a tech enthusiast who has the passion for emerging trends in the tech industry. He is also a professional web content developer.

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