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QNAP TS-431XeU-8G 4-bay Rackmount NAS Review

Rating: 8.0.

QNAP’s TS-431XeU 1U rackmount NAS sits in the companies SMB product line and has been designed with smaller racks in mind as it has a much shorter depth than standard. It comes with four drive bays, quad-core CPU power and an integrated 10GbE SFP+ port.

With its 291mm depth, QNAP has designed the 4-bay TS-431XeU with the smaller or space constrained office in mind, where a full size rack isn’t an option but a smaller unit can be accommodated. Apart from its shallower than standard depth, the other major feature of the NAS is the integrated 10GbE port, but this isn’t a standard RJ45 10GbE port but rather a SFP+ one.

Powered by an AnnapurnaLabs Alpine AL-314 32-bit quad-core 1.7GHz, the TS-431XeU uses DDR3-1600 memory and comes off the shelf in two memory configurations; the 2GB TS-431XeU and the system QNAP kindly supplied for this review, the 8GB TS-431XeU. 8GB of memory is the maximum amount that the TS-431XeU’s motherboard can support.

QNAP back the TS-431XeU with a two year warranty.

Physical Specifications
Processor: AnnapurnaLabs Alpine AL-314 32-bit quad-core 1.7Ghz
Memory: 8GB DDR3-1600
Gigabit Ethernet Ports: 2 + 1 10GbE SFP+
Rear panel connectors: 4 x USB 3.0
RAID support: 0,1, 5, 6, 10, JBOD
Cooling: 3 x 4cm system fans
Drive Bays Supported: 4
Maximum hard drive size supported: 12TB
Maximum Capacity: 48TB
Internal File System support: EXT4
Dimensions (D x W x H): 291 x 439 x 44 mm.
Weight: 4.15kg.

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