This month, QNAP has launched the TS-453BT3, a $999 4-bay NAS that mixes Thunderbolt 3 with a pre-installed QM2 PCle card and is combined with M.2 SATA SSD caching and 10GBASE-T connectivity. Proudly painting the TS-453BT3 as a device that provides “an ideal environment for professional collaborative media editing and high-speed file sharing”, QNAP says that it’s ideal for small workgroups or production houses.
“The TS-453BT3 features a sleek new look with an OLED panel and two capacitive touch buttons. With powerful hardware capabilities and feature-rich productivity tools, the TS-453BT3 provides the best NAS solution for media studios or small creative workgroups looking to greatly simplify their workflows,” says QNAP.
With Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and 10GbE connectivity, the TS-453BT3 is reported to help with issues like slow connections and small storage capacity when working with big files, like 4K files. The enclosure offers up to 8GB of RAM. "In the 4K era, media professionals often face the challenges of slow connections and insufficient storage capacity. The QNAP TS-453BT3 tackles these problems with Thunderbolt 3 and 10GbE connectivity, M.2 SSD caching, and expandable storage, helping users to streamline production workflows while providing sufficient storage space for creative works," said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP.
QNAP also says the TS-453BT3’s Dual M.2 SATA 6 Gb/s SSD “allows for setting up caching or storage pool, improving file access efficiency.” Also, they say the machine’s Qtier auto-tiering technology and SSD caching “enables 24/7 optimized storage efficiency.”
In addition, the TS-453BT3 offers 4K media playback and real-time transcoding, which should allow you to directly view your projects on an HDTV using a HDMI output. And the TS-453BT3 has Qfiling, which QNAP says “automates file organization, greatly improving work efficiency.”
For all of these reasons and more, we're happy to award the QNAP TS-453BT3 our Best NAS of CES 2018 award. Congrats QNAP!
QNAP additionally released the TS-x77 last November, “the world’s first Ryzen-based NAS”, according to QNAP, and it features processors with up to 8-cores/16-threads (with Turbo Core up to 3.7 GHz), SSD caching, and support for graphic cards.
The TS-x77 is reported to support GPU Passthrough and allow video editors to install a powerful external graphics card, assign it to a Windows VM through Virtualization Station and run Adobe Media Encoder to transcode their media to the right format.
You can learn more about the TS-453BT3 and the TS-x77 at Qnap.com.