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

We tested the peak power consumption of a NAS at the wall during a run of CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2 as this version of the benchmark runs the read and write benchmark suites separately so its easier to monitor what power the device is using during each function.

QNAP quote power consumption figures for the TS-431XeU as 12.42W in HDD standby and 30.99 in active operation, these figures are with four 2TB drives installed. Using 6TB WD Reds drives with their 0.4W standby/sleep, 3.4W idle and 5.3W active read/writes power ratings, we got consumption figures only slightly above those official figures but using much bigger drives.

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