QNAP this week has taken the wraps off of their new 9-bay NAS family, the TS-963X series. The new storage devices sports a mix of 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drive bays with support for the company’s Qtier file/data tiering technology, and also features integrated 10GBASE-T connectivity. Being the first 10GbE-enabled NAS in its class, the QNAP TS-963X products are primarily aimed at small businesses that need high capacity and fast access time.

The QNAP TS-963X NAS features five hot-swappable 3.5-inch bays for high-capacity SATA HDDs as well as four hot-swappable 2.5-inch bays for high-performance SATA SSDs or HDDs (keep in mind that the latter may be hard to find). The NAS is based on AMD’s GX-420MC SoC (two Excavator modules, 2 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, Radeon iGPU with 128 stream processors, a 256-bit AES encryption engine, 17.5 W TDP) and run QNAP’s QTS 4.3 operating system. The latter supports various features, including snapshots, virtual JBOD, Qsync cross-platform file sharing (for Apple, Windows, and Linux machines), one touch copy as well as Qtier technology that automatically organizes frequently used file/data into tiers (by moving frequently used data to SSDs).

The QTS 4.3 can also support various first-party and third-party apps that can further enhance functionality of the QNAP TS-963X. For example, the Hybrid Backup Sync can synchronize files with local, remote, and cloud storage; the QVR Pro offers features required by a surveillance solution; whereas Virtualization Station enables users to host virtual Windows/Linux/Unix machines on a NAS (the TS-963X is VMware as well as Citrix ready, and is Windows Server certified).

One of the key features of the QNAP TS-963X NAS is integrated 10GBASE-T network card that supports 10 GbE, 5 GbE, 2.5 GbE, 1 GbE, and 100 MbE speeds. The TS-963X is one of the first NAS for small businesses to feature 10 GbE and multi-gig connectivity over an RJ45 connector using Cat5e/Cat6 cabling. As 10GBase-T and NBase-T networks become more widespread, 10 GbE NICs inside SMB-oriented NASes will become more widespread, but for now the TS-963X will offer this feature exclusively. QNAP’s NAS uses Aquantia’s relatively affordable AQtion AQC107 network chip, so the capability does not necessarily increase its pricing significantly.

QNAP says that the TS-963X will be available shortly in two versions: the TS-963X-2G with 2 GB DDR3L memory as well as the TS-963X-8G with 8 GB of DDR3L memory. The manufacturer yet has to disclose pricing of its new NAS, but it says that the TS-963X will carry a “budget-friendly” MSRP.

  TS-963X-2G TS-963X-8G
CPU Model AMD GX-420MC
Freq. 2 GHz
L2 Cache 2 MB
TDP 17.5 W
Encryption Acceleration 256-bit AES
Memory Speed DDR3L, two DIMM slots
Capacity 2 GB, single-channel 8 GB, single channel
Bays 5 × 3.5"
4 × 2.5"
Storage interface SATA 6 Gbps
Ethernet 1 × GbE
1 × 10 GbE
PCIe Slots 1 × PCIe 3.0 x8
2 × PCIe 3.0 x4
Audio 1 speaker
1 × audio out
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
Other I/O Copy button, buzzer, LED notifications, etc.
Dimensions Height 182 mm | 7.17"
Width 225 mm | 8.86"
Depth 224 mm | 8.82"
Power Consumption Standby 35.64 W
Operating 53.06 W
MSRP ? ?

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Source: QNAP

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  • anactoraaron - Thursday, May 10, 2018 - link

    I see something like this starting near $2000 (2GB model). Sometimes simplicity of having everything in one box makes sense, but the costs of doing so often do not.
  • phoenix_rizzen - Thursday, May 10, 2018 - link

    Really needs one more 3.5" bay.

    Then you could set it up with a 6-disk RAID6 array (3.5") and a 4-disk RAID10 array (2.5"). And use the QTier thing to migrate data between the two as needed.

    5-disk RAID6 array is awkward, and you really don't want to use RAID5 with the size of drives these days.
  • nexsuslab - Friday, May 11, 2018 - link

    ... I'd like it to have redundant power supplies .., given the cost of the object
  • SharpEars - Friday, May 11, 2018 - link

    Seriously, why would you buy a NAS for a ridiculous price with a crap CPU [APU] (AMD GX-420MC) instead of building your own?
  • jabber - Saturday, May 12, 2018 - link

    Because you can have it up and running in 15 minutes after it arrives. Plus all its functions are there ready to use. Home brew at this level? No thanks.
  • oRAirwolf - Sunday, May 13, 2018 - link

    How long has it been now since aquantia showed off their 10gbe switches? A year? I keep seeing new products like this with 10gbe and I just don't understand what is taking so long for those switches to come out. I sure would love to give them my money.
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