QNAP TS-963X Cost-effective quad-core AMD NAS with 10GBASE-T inclusive

The end is nigh for the 5-bay NAS as the 9-bay multimedia NAS with 10GbE connectivity with hybrid storage structure ideally suited for small business and organizations wanting to increase data access efficiency, network transmission speed and to meet demands of mission-critical tasks.

The core of the TS-963X is designed with the AMD quad-core 2.0 GHz processor, up to 8 GB RAM (upgradeable to 16 GB), and 10GBASE-T connectivity supporting five connection speeds (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M). The same size as a 5-bay the TS-963xs accommodates five 3.5-inch HDD bays and four 2.5-inch SSDs bays that deliver high-performance, high-capacity storage potential including automatic file/data tiering based on access frequency (Qtier Technology)

[NOTE]: The NAS supports dual memory sockets (2-slots only), and the configuration that is supplied with the 2GB version is 1 x 2GB module and the 8GB version is 1 x 8GB modules. If an upgrade maybe sought to 16GB then it is prudent to buy the 8GB model, the 2GB would require dispensing the memory and then installing 2 x 8GB to a maximum of 16GB.

The hybrid drive bay design makes this NAS a standout with five 3.5-inch drive bays and four 2.5-inch SSD bays, nine bays fitted smartly into a 5-bay compact form factor. Once the hard drives and SSD drives are installed the enablement of SSD caching and Qtier auto-tiering technologies to boost overall system performance becomes viable.

According to QNAP the TVS-963X is designed with both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives to allow customers that cannot afford the all-flash systems to try SSD acceleration and thus take advantage of tiering storage and higher performance ratios. The pricing of SSD and Flash-based M.2. form factor has become competitive and typically for a 2TB SSD drive costing around $390 is now commonplace.

"The TS-963X is designed to enhance the everyday workflows of small businesses and organizations for a cost-effective price," commented Michael Gray, NAS Product Manager SimplyNAS. "The inclusion of 10GBASE-T/NBASE-T port and four 2.5-inch bays for SSDs points significantly to the importance QNAP has given to Solid State media," he added.

QNAP TVS-963X features a built-in 10GBASE-T network port to provide 10GbE high-speed network connectivity. You can use the TVS-963X with QNAP's 10GbE unmanaged switch (sold separately) to upgrade your network infrastructure to benefit from faster transfer speeds and to improve bandwidth-demanding applications.

Both the TVS-963X and QNAP's 10GbE unmanaged switches support NBASE-T (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) five-speed network technology so you don’t have to replace the existing Cat 5e, 6 and 6a cables in your current network infrastructure.

[NOTE]: There is a clear path for converting to 10GbE when you invest in a QNAP with the combination of either the 8-port or 12-port switch and using existing cabling to take advantage of higher network speeds with your existing Cat 5e and 6a cables.

QNAP has recently launched 12-port (QSW-1208-4C) and 8-port (QSW-804-4C) 10GbE unmanaged switches allowing you to instantly upgrade your network environment at a cost-effective price. The QSW-804-4C supports 10GBASE-T and NBASE-T standards, allowing you to take advantage of higher network speeds with your existing Cat 5e and 6a cables. Both SFP+ (fiber) and RJ45 (copper) ports are available (with 4 combo ports) for servicing a range of network needs. Compliant with IEEE 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet, EEE), the QSW-804-4C is energy efficient as well. With high performance, low latency and superb functionality, the QSW-804-4C is the ideal choice for upgrading your home or business network to support 10GbE connections.

  • With NBASE-T support, existing cables can be used. Backward compatibility is provided for legacy devices
  • With a combination of SFP+ (fiber) and RJ45 (copper) ports, most devices can take advantage of 10GbE connectivity provided by the QSW-804-4C.
  • IEEE 802.3az (EEE) helps to reduce power consumption for low-speed and inactive connections.

QNAP QSW-804-4C – 8-port 10GbE Switch

The 8-port QSW-804-4C switch offers four SFP+ (fiber) ports and four SFP+/RJ45 (copper) combo ports for connecting different interfaces to the same switch. With RJ45 interfaces, 10 GbE is supported with Cat 6a (or above) cables. Alternatively, direct attach copper (DAC) cables can be used with SFP+ ports for connecting to servers inside a rack. The switching capacity of the QSW-804-4C is 160 Gbps, guaranteeing the full potential of each port

QNAP QSW-1208-8C – 12-port 10GbE Switch

The 12-port QSW-1208-8C switch offers four SFP+ (fiber) ports and eight SFP+/RJ45 (copper) combo ports for connecting different interfaces to the same switch. With RJ45 interfaces, 10 GbE is supported with Cat 6a (or above) cables. Alternatively, direct attach copper (DAC) cables can be used with SFP+ ports for connecting to servers inside a rack.

One of the most featured connectivity options currently offered on a 9-bay combo NAS currently available on the market.

The TS-963X is ideal for small businesses and organizations to boost data access efficiency, network transmission speed and to meet demands of mission-critical tasks.

 Key specifications

Tower model; AMD G-Series GX-420MC quad-core 2.0 GHz processor; DDR3L SODIMM RAM (two slots, user upgradable to 16GB); hot-swappable 2.5/3.5-inch SATA 6Gbps bays (five 3.5-inch, four 2.5-inch); 1 × 10GBASE-T port supporting NBASE-T; 1 × Gigabit LAN ports; 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A ports (one front, one back); 2 × USB 2.0 Type-A ports (back); 1 × One Touch Copy button; 1 × speaker; 1 × 3.5mm Line Out audio jack.