QNAP TS-431X-2G 4 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure with 2GB RAM £328 with Next Day Delivery using code @ eBuyer
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QNAP TS-431X-2G 4 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure with 2GB RAM £328 with Next Day Delivery using code @ eBuyer

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  • Alpine AL-212 Dual-core 1.7GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM (1 x 2GB)
  • 1 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ LAN Port
  • 2 x Gigabit RJ45 LAN Ports
  • 3 x USB 3.0 port (Front x1; Rear x 2)

QNAP TS-431X-2G 4 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure with 2GB RAM
The TS-431X supports 4 hard drives and comes with a built-in 10GbE SFP+ port for rigorous data processing, providing a cost-effective storage solution for demanding everyday business tasks. Powered by the QTS operating system, the TS-431X provides versatile all-in-one server functionalities and unique features including Container Station, which facilitates Internet of Things (IoT) development, and VJBOD (Virtual JBOD), which allows for expanding NAS capacity with another NAS. The TS-431X is an ideal entry-level NAS for businesses looking for backup, restoration, private cloud, storage for virtualization, and to future-proof their IT infrastructure for 10GbE networks.



  • 10GbE readiness, SSD caching. and hardware-accelerated encryption
  • Enjoy containerized virtualization and IoT app development with Container Station
  • Build a private cloud to centrally store, backup, share and restore files
  • Rich productivity apps including QmailAgent for central mail management, Notes Station for collaborative note-taking, Qsirch full-text search engine, and much more
  • Use the TS-431X to expand the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS with VJBOB
  • Secure access with VPN Server & VPN Client

High-performance business NAS with a built-in 10GbE SFP+ portThe TS-431X supports 4 hard drives and comes with a built-in 10GbE SFP+ port for rigorous data processing, providing a cost-effective storage solution for demanding everyday business tasks. Powered by the QTS operating system, the TS-431X provides versatile all-in-one server functionalities and unique features including Container Station, which facilitates Internet of Things (IoT) development, and VJBOD (Virtual JBOD), which allows for expanding NAS capacity with another NAS. The TS-431X is an ideal entry-level NAS for businesses looking for backup, restoration, private cloud, storage for virtualization, and to future-proof their IT infrastructure for 10GbE networks.


  • 10GbE readiness, SSD caching. and hardware-accelerated encryption
  • Enjoy containerized virtualization and IoT app development with Container Station
  • Build a private cloud to centrally store, backup, share and restore files
  • Rich productivity apps including QmailAgent for central mail management, Notes Station for collaborative note-taking, Qsirch full-text search engine, and much more
  • Use the TS-431X to expand the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS with VJBOD
  • Secure access with VPN Server & VPN Client

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Fantastic price and a fantastic machine but I still prefer the Synology software and RAID setup.
Goodness me. do yourself a favour and build an unraid server.

Recommended parts list:
Fractal Design Node 304 Computer Case £80
Corsair CP-9020177-UK RM550x 80 PLUS Gold 550 W £76 (fan never spins unless under heavy load)
ASRock J5005-ITX - ITX Motherboard (mine was £130)
Crucial CT4G4SFS824A 4 GB (DDR4, 2400 MT/s, PC4-19200, Single Rank x8, SODIMM, 260-Pin) Memory £20
SanDisk Ultra Fit 16 GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive Up to 130 MB/s Read £4.29
Unraid licence £48

Hardware and licence cost £348. You will need to add hard drives, but this will be way more powerful than anything you can buy at this price. I can run 4k Plex on this spec and have managed 12 full HD streams.

youtube.com/cha…eos (space invader youtube channel explains how to set things up)

Yes there is a learning curve, I know nothing about programming, but managed to sort things.
Guide on how to get Plex hardware transcoding working on Unraid Plex Server. forums.plex.tv/t/g…306

I used my unraid server for the following tasks:

Plex unraid server
Plex DVR
Next Cloud personal cloud storage
Network drive for back ups

There is an app via the community app store for just about anything like a file manager. Can't recommend unraid enough.

If anyone has any questions on this I will try to reply. I used to have a QNAP and I am never going back. This server is upgrade able, lower cost and way more satisfying for enthusiasts.
My QNAP packed in , 2 days after the warranty ran out .. cost me a fortune to send away .. I was sent a new one ..
They are not straight forward , and not for novices .. if it every packs in again , I will never buy qnap anymore .
prologic03/10/2019 19:52

My QNAP packed in , 2 days after the warranty ran out .. cost me a fortune …My QNAP packed in , 2 days after the warranty ran out .. cost me a fortune to send away .. I was sent a new one ..They are not straight forward , and not for novices .. if it every packs in again , I will never buy qnap anymore .


If you don't mind me asking, when would you need 12 simultaneous HD streams?
tan15905/10/2019 05:34

If you don't mind me asking, when would you need 12 simultaneous HD …If you don't mind me asking, when would you need 12 simultaneous HD streams?



p0rn LOL
tan15905/10/2019 05:34

If you don't mind me asking, when would you need 12 simultaneous HD …If you don't mind me asking, when would you need 12 simultaneous HD streams?



tan15905/10/2019 05:34

If you don't mind me asking, when would you need 12 simultaneous HD …If you don't mind me asking, when would you need 12 simultaneous HD streams?


I have a hd home run and use with plex dvr. I have recorded four channels before, though rare. Also use surver for music and have five of us in the house, so it's possible to have multiple streams going. Not managed to max this set up out yet with hd streams. Dare say it will manage two or three 4k streams too. Really is better to build an unraid server.
ontheqt06/10/2019 21:54

I have a hd home run and use with plex dvr. I have recorded four channels …I have a hd home run and use with plex dvr. I have recorded four channels before, though rare. Also use surver for music and have five of us in the house, so it's possible to have multiple streams going. Not managed to max this set up out yet with hd streams. Dare say it will manage two or three 4k streams too. Really is better to build an unraid server.



Your setup is more or less what I'll build as soon as I have some spare time
thelondontrader07/10/2019 09:55

Your setup is more or less what I'll build as soon as I have some spare …Your setup is more or less what I'll build as soon as I have some spare time


Wanted mine too be as powerful as possible, but quite. Unraid can be run with an SSD for cache, two HDDs one for content and one for parity. Currently have a 4tb and 3tb Nas drive for content and a 120gb SSD for cache. Use an external drive for backup which I try to do every month or so, but a parity drive would be better. Black Friday soon! What build after you considering? I'm hoping unraid will have WiFi support in the next version. It is on the list of features to be developed. WiFi 6 module would be useful.
ontheqt07/10/2019 12:21

Wanted mine too be as powerful as possible, but quite. Unraid can be run …Wanted mine too be as powerful as possible, but quite. Unraid can be run with an SSD for cache, two HDDs one for content and one for parity. Currently have a 4tb and 3tb Nas drive for content and a 120gb SSD for cache. Use an external drive for backup which I try to do every month or so, but a parity drive would be better. Black Friday soon! What build after you considering? I'm hoping unraid will have WiFi support in the next version. It is on the list of features to be developed. WiFi 6 module would be useful.



I'm also considering buying a workstation [Lenovo] and that would be a proper workhorse, up to 128GB RAM, etc.
Not sure if it would make sense to have NAS on it as I suspect power consumption would be higher than the setup you suggest plus NAS on a working machine, not sure if that would be good, even if I tend to use containers or VMs.
Trying to save space really, not that I have a prob in having yet another machine in my home network :-)
ontheqt07/10/2019 12:21

Wanted mine too be as powerful as possible, but quite. Unraid can be run …Wanted mine too be as powerful as possible, but quite. Unraid can be run with an SSD for cache, two HDDs one for content and one for parity. Currently have a 4tb and 3tb Nas drive for content and a 120gb SSD for cache. Use an external drive for backup which I try to do every month or so, but a parity drive would be better. Black Friday soon! What build after you considering? I'm hoping unraid will have WiFi support in the next version. It is on the list of features to be developed. WiFi 6 module would be useful.



What's the power consumption on idle and full load?
The workstation I looked at is 48W at idle and 1W at OFF + WOL.
NAS cannot be off, or it could if WOL was fast enough I guess?
thelondontrader08/10/2019 13:33

What's the power consumption on idle and full load?The workstation I …What's the power consumption on idle and full load?The workstation I looked at is 48W at idle and 1W at OFF + WOL.NAS cannot be off, or it could if WOL was fast enough I guess?


I don't have means to check. The power supply is gold rated, fan does not spin up under load. No active fans at all on my set up, CPU is passively cooled. Under load Hard drives stay at 35c and mother board/ CPU around 63c. Test of the time 40c for CPU and motherboard. My guess is that it's comparable to a Nas. With unraid you can set sleep at night and on inactive.
thelondontrader08/10/2019 13:33

What's the power consumption on idle and full load?The workstation I …What's the power consumption on idle and full load?The workstation I looked at is 48W at idle and 1W at OFF + WOL.NAS cannot be off, or it could if WOL was fast enough I guess?


I don't know is the honest answer. I purchased a gold power supply, the fan never starts up, motherboard has passive cooling for CPU. No fans on my setup.
ontheqt08/10/2019 16:28

I don't have means to check. The power supply is gold rated, fan does not …I don't have means to check. The power supply is gold rated, fan does not spin up under load. No active fans at all on my set up, CPU is passively cooled. Under load Hard drives stay at 35c and mother board/ CPU around 63c. Test of the time 40c for CPU and motherboard. My guess is that it's comparable to a Nas. With unraid you can set sleep at night and on inactive. I don't know is the honest answer. I purchased a gold power supply, the fan never starts up, motherboard has passive cooling for CPU. No fans on my setup.



Not sure if the PSU at 550W is not too much but I'd assume it would never run at more than 50% even with 5HDD + 1 SSD?
Edited by: "thelondontrader" 9th Oct
thelondontrader09/10/2019 10:13

Not sure if the PSU at 550W is not too much but I'd assume it would never …Not sure if the PSU at 550W is not too much but I'd assume it would never run at more than 50% even with 5HDD + 1 SSD?


The thing with PSU is that you should always have more capacity than you need. That way it doesn't work too hard, and the fan in this doesn't come on. If you had a dedicated GPU, network card, more powerful CPU you still wouldnt Max it out. Dont skimp on the PSU it's the backbone on a machine. The more powerful and efficient the better and will last through several upgrades.
ontheqt09/10/2019 18:09

The thing with PSU is that you should always have more capacity than you …The thing with PSU is that you should always have more capacity than you need. That way it doesn't work too hard, and the fan in this doesn't come on. If you had a dedicated GPU, network card, more powerful CPU you still wouldnt Max it out. Dont skimp on the PSU it's the backbone on a machine. The more powerful and efficient the better and will last through several upgrades.



Agree with the sentiment and often see people going the other way on here.

But a 10w TDP CPU with an ITX motherboard that has limited upgrades available 550W does seem a tad bit excessive in this use case with the efficiency also not going to in the PSU's ideal operating window (for your usage I would not expect to need a PSU beyond that of convection cooling).

Right sizing for a different machine in future also isn't the way I would go as PSU's degrade over time.
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