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QNAP claims its new PCIe-expandable TS-x53D NAS series is ideal for both professionals and gamers

The new QNAP TS-x53D series. (Source: QNAP)
The new QNAP TS-x53D series. (Source: QNAP)
QNAP's latest TS-x53D series of network-attached storage (NAS) products have 2, 4 or 6 bays and 4 to 8GB of RAM. They are also equipped with a PCIe Gen 2 expansion slot and 2 2.5 gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports. The user can also play videos at up to 4K thanks to its HDMI port.

QNAP is aiming its new TS-x53D series at prosumers and enterprise-grade customers. The OEM asserts that these new NAS products can handle business-grade backups, or, alternatively, a gamer's entire save-file load. They support hot-swappable 2.5- or 3.5-inch hard drives, be they 6 gigabit per second (Gb/s) SATA or SSD storage options.

This storage is managed by a 14nm Intel Celeron J4125 quad-core processor. It has a typical speed of 2.0GHz, although it also bursts to 2.7GHz at need. QNAP has equipped the TS-x53Ds in which this silicon is found with dual 2.5Gb Ethernet (GbE) RJ45 LAN ports.

However, the OEM also claims that they are backwards-compatible with 1GbE - in fact, it can upgrade existing network speeds from 1Gb to 2.5Gb using CAT5e cables. One of these NAS drives may also manage up to 5Gb/s data-transfer speeds thanks to Port Trunking.

Furthermore, these new servers have a PCIe Gen 2 x2 slot (or x4 in one SKU, the TS-253D); therefore, the user can expand it with relevant cards such as a 5 or 10GbE network card - or house an NVMe SSD using a QM2 M.2 adapter.

This NAS series also feature 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI 2.0 port for 4K@60Hz video, or, alternatively, additional Chromecast (or similar streaming) functionality.

The QNAP TS-x53D series comes in variants with 2 to 6 bays and 1 or 2 4GB DDR4 RAM sticks installed each. Each SKU also has a 3-year standard warranty. They are available via a range of seller platforms, Amazon included, and start at about US$511 for a 2-bay 4GB model.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-06-23 (Update: 2020-06-23)