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
OS QNAP QTS 4.3.5
MSRP ? ?

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Source: QNAP

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  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - link

    RAID5 is the only practical one. RAID0 is just retarded for permanent storage. RAID1/10 need even numbers of drives, RAID6 needs at least 4 drives. RAID2/3/4 are for various reasons dead standards. Reply
  • milkod2001 - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - link

    Let's say i have 3x 3TB drives in there in RAID 5. That will give me 6GB of available storage with any disk if fails but only one at the time, im still safe to replace disk and rebuild RAID 5? Reply
  • colonelclaw - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - link

    Yes, exactly like that. It is always advisable to buy an extra drive so you have it to hand if it's needed. Eventually a hard drive will fail! Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - link

    With the caveat that if anything goes wrong during the rebuild you're probably screwed. RAID6 can protect against a 2nd failure during rebuild, but needs 2 drives for redundancy instead of 1, meaning that effectively the smallest array size for it is 4 drives. Reply
  • HideOut - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - link

    Raid 5 is the only smart option. Raid 0 would be a failure waiting to happen with it and if you are connected via 1GbE your network is such a bottleneck that Raid 0 is pointless at any rate. You could do Raid 1 via 2 drives and just a plain drive on the other for a similar overall capacity (assuming 3 identical drives) but that means half of your data isnt crash protected. Raid 5 is the only logical answer. Reply
  • Wolfclaw - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - link

    Would love to see a smallish NAS box, equiped with a real processor, 10Gbe, wave 2 router, with the NAS side capable of running Windows Server or Linux, all a t a resonable price. Reply
  • milkod2001 - Friday, September 7, 2018 - link

    I think Dell PowerEdge T30 Mini Tower Server would give you all you need. Reply
  • Drazick - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - link

    Give us Ryzen Based NAS.
    With its integer performance it is perfect for NAS,
    Reply
  • TomaBgd - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - link

    There are many models of Ryzen NAS servers. But none of them are cheap...
    I think Qnap TS-677 is smallest model, price $1700.
    Reply
  • Drazick - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - link

    This is high end Ryzen I think.

    They should take something with APU cheap and replace those ATOM / Celeron.
    Reply

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