TechSpot: QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS Review

While popular among storage-hungry PC enthusiasts, network-attached storage has proven to be particularly useful in office environments, where sharing large amounts of data between several desktop PCs can become quite problematic. With the availability of 2TB hard drives, a majority of users will be satisfied with a 2 or 4-bay NAS solution. However, as data accumulates over time there are those who might require even more than that.

Performance and feature set are two things you'll definitely want to keep in mind. From our experience in testing a range of devices we can assure you there can be huge differences from one offering to another. Some will provide you with transfer speeds of around 10-20MB/s, while other more serious models will deliver considerably better performance, but most still struggle to max out a Gigabit Ethernet connection.

Our quest for bigger and better alternatives led us to one place: the QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS. Not only can this product accommodate more hard drives than we've seen before, supporting a total of eight, but it possesses power that is unmatched by any NAS device we have come across to date.

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I have been using the 4 drive version of QNAP, 409 pro, and I can say that I didn't have any problems with it so far. Very happy with the performance, although sometimes I wish, it would give me the option to use its usb slots to direct access the drives.

This device runs on an intel board and processor, so thinking along that lines,shouldn't it be possible to use their firmware to make your own "QNAS"? If it were a custom board/processor, like an ARM system or something, I could understand, but shouldnt it be possible to make your own? I've got QNAP's firmware update already.... Shouldn't it be possible to someway load it to a HDD or flash drive, much like you can with freenas?

Gotta love how Techspot break it to pieces to show us the insides!

Speaking of which, do I spy 9 SATA sockets on the board of an 8 drive NAS? Is the 9th socket for the QNAP OS drive or is that stored on a firmware chip somewhere, and if so, what could the 9th SATA socket be for I wonder?

DecoyDuck said,
Gotta love how Techspot break it to pieces to show us the insides!

Speaking of which, do I spy 9 SATA sockets on the board of an 8 drive NAS? Is the 9th socket for the QNAP OS drive or is that stored on a firmware chip somewhere, and if so, what could the 9th SATA socket be for I wonder?

Perhaps they intend to launch a 9 drive version or a vesion with an e-SATA port on the back for sharing an extra drive on your network. Thecus have done the eSATA thing with their 7 Bay NAS.