QNAP Systems introduced the TS-h973AX QuTS network storage. It is interesting in that it has a 9-bay drive, five of which are for 3.5″ devices, and four for 2.5″ devices. All 9-bay support SATA 6Gb/s storage, and two of the 2.5” drive bays also support U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 drives. The total storage capacity can be expanded using a variety of expansion chassis offered by QNAP.
The QNAP TS-h973AX is based on the AMD Ryzen V1500B quad-core processor, capable of executing up to eight command streams, operating at a frequency of up to 2.2 GHz. There are two versions of QNAP TS-h973AX offered – with 32 GB and 8 GB of RAM. Since standard SO-DIMM DDR4 modules are used, installed in two slots, in the second case, the amount of memory can be increased by yourself. The maximum size is 32 GB.
The advantages of the NAS device include the presence of a 10 GbE port and two 2.5 GbE ports with support for aggregation and redundancy. In addition, its equipment includes four USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, one of which is routed to the USB-C connector.
QNAP TS-h973AX is powered by the ZFS-based QuTS hero provides data integrity, self-healing, and supports multiple RAID configurations with Triple Parity and Triple Mirror to enhance data protection. Powerful inline data deduplication, compression, and compaction significantly reduce the overall storage footprint while also improving storage read and write speeds.
The drives are cooled by a 140 mm fan. The Network-attached storage is completed with an external 120 W power supply. With dimensions of 183 × 225 × 224 mm, it weighs 3.52 kg (empty).
Price and availability
QNAP TS-h973AX NAS device is now available to purchase on Amazon.com for $1046,92.
Recently, Synology has unveiled DiskStation DS1821+ NAS Enclosure. It is based on a quad-core AMD Ryzen V1500B processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz, DDR4 ECC RAM as SO-DIMM is 4GB. The maximum amount of RAM is 32GB. The memory is installed in two slots.