QNAP has announced its new three-bay NAS designed for SOHO market. The TS-332X also happens to be one of the industry’s first three-bay NASes that integrates a 10 GbE controller, so it should be able to offer rather high network performance for this market segment.

The QNAP TS-332X is based on Annapurna Labs’ Alpine AL-324 SoC (four ARM Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz) outfitted with 2 or 4 GB of DDR4-2400 memory (upgradeable to 16 GB) as well as 512 MB of flash memory for caching. The NAS can accommodate three hot-swappable 2.5/3.5-inch SATA HDDs as well as three M.2-2280 SATA SSDs. The storage device officially supports hard drive of up to 12 TB capacity, but it is seemingly just a matter of time before QNAP certifies higher-capacity HDDs for this NAS. In the meantime, even three 12 TB hard drives and three 1 TB SSDs already provide a formidable amount of storage space for SOHO environments.

Like other modern NAS from QNAP, the TS-332X runs the company’s QTS 4.3.5 operating system, which supports a range of storage specific features, most notable RAID 5 and virtual JBOD. Other features include Qtier technology, which regularly places frequently used file/data on SSDs, encryption, snapshots, Qsync cross-platform file sharing (for Apple, Windows, and Linux machines), and so on.

One of the key selling points of the QNAP TS-332X is its set of connectivity options. The NAS has two GbE LAN ports, one 10 GbE LAN SFP+ header three USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, and one 3.5-mm line-out audio jack. In fact, the TS-332X will probably be one of the industry’s first entry-level NAS with 10 GbE support, which is an evidence that faster wired networks are getting more popular among device makers.

QNAP has already started shipments of the TX-332X with 2 GB and 4 GB of DDR4 memory. MSRPs of the devices are unknown, but their three-bay NAS are usually priced rather reasonably.

QNAP TS-332X Specifications
  TS-332X-2G TS-332X-4G
CPU Model Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-324
Cores four ARM Cortex-A57 cores
Freq. 1.7 GHz
Encryption Accel. ?
Memory Speed DDR4-2400, single-channel
Capacity 2 GB 4 GB
Bays 3 × 2.5/3.5 bays
M.2 Slots 3 × M.2-2280
Storage interface SATA 6 Gbps
Ethernet 2×GbE, 1×10GbE (integrated)
Audio 1 × audio out
USB 3 × USB 3.0 Type-A
Other I/O LEDs, buzzer, etc.
Dimensions Height 142 mm | 5.59"
Width 150 mm | 5.9"
Depth 260.1 mm | 10.24"
PSU 90 W external
MSRP ? ?

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Source: QNAP

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  • wumpus - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - link

    Build it yourself. 2200G chips are cheap. PCIe ports are cheap. Cases are cheap. Power supplies are cheap. 3TB and 4TB drives are probably more price effective than whatever you'd want to use with the 3 port job (and of course you can use the 8-12 TB beasts if you want an array of 8+ huge drives).

    The only possible non-cheap parts in the whole thing are a motherboard with ECC (assuming you are going whole hog) and the 10G ethernet port.

    But when you are done you have a 8-12 bay NAS. Buying from QNAP is for people who can't install FreeNAS & BSD (having a contractor build the above is probably a wash and having QNAP support swings the deal in favor of QNAP).
  • nikon133 - Sunday, September 9, 2018 - link

    Hmm... couple of weeks ago Asustor AS4004T 4-Bay NAS has become available in NZ shops.

    4-bay, 10Gb over RJ45. No M.2 slots, to my knowledge.

    No idea how pricing compares.

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