QNAP TVS-472XT takes home Best NAS of CES 2019

The QNAP TVS-472XT is a four-bay NAS solution designed for content creators and media production. Thanks to its high transfer speeds, robust connectivity options and expandability, the TVS-472XT is our pick for Best NAS of CES 2019.

Designed for media production

The QNAP TVS-472XT runs on an 8th generation Intel Pentium Gold dual-core 3.1GHz processor and 4GB DDR4 memory. Up to 32GB of RAM is available for more demanding workflows. This four-bay NAS supports SATA 6Gb/s drives and provides AES-NI data encryption to protect your files.

A big highlight of this NAS is that it offers both Thunderbolt 3 and 10GBASE-T connectivity, promising speedy file access for both Mac and PC users with transfer speeds of up to 1158 MB/s download. Thunderbolt 3 connectivity allows for two Thunderbolt-equipped Mac or PC computers to simultaneously access and process media files stored on the NAS without impacting performance. QNAP’s Network & Virtual Switch app is designed so that users can easily manage network connections.

PCIe allows for expanded functionality

Two PCIe Gen 3 slots mean you can upgrade the 472XT with a discrete graphics card, a QM2 M.2 SSD for faster file access through caching or a 10GbE card for additional connectivity. Users can also use the available PCIe slots for a 10GbE/40GbE adapter for even faster file transfer, or add a wireless network card for another way to connect.

Built-in Qtier Technology allows the NAS to automatically organize data between M.2 SSDs, 2.5-inch SSDs and larger HDDs according to how frequently users access specific files. IO-awareness promises to further optimize performance by reserving space for burst I/O demands. Both features aim to increase workflow efficiency and maximize the advantages of using SSDs.

Also included is an HDMI 2.0 output so users can preview up to 4K video directly from the NAS. The TVS-272XT also supports 4K H.264 hardware decoding and real-time transcoding.

Pricing and availability

The QNAP TVS-472XT is available now starting at $1,149 for the enclosure only. For more information, visit QNAP.com.

Nicole LaJeunesse
Nicole LaJeunesse
Nicole LaJeunesse is a professional writer and a curious person who loves to unpack stories on anything from music, to movies, to gaming and beyond.

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