QNAP TS-932X NAS Storage Reviews

The QNAP TS-932X is a 9-bay NAS that can be fitted with five 3.5-inch hard drives and four 2.5-inch SSDs and is the company’s first Qtier technology-based ARM NAS. Highlighted by dual 10GbE SFP+ ports, this compact, hybrid NAS is ideal for small and medium-sized organizations and home offices.

Those who are searching for an affordable alternative to the more powerful and expensive TVs-951X can find lots to like about here. The TS-932X contains an AnnapurnaLabs, Alpine AL-324 quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A57 Processor with a maximum memory of 16 GB and SATA 6Gb / s. The four 2,5-inch bays are used for SSD caching, which can boost the workflow of unpredictable IOPS-demanding applications drastically. Qtier Technology allows adaptive tiering functionality designed to continually maximize capacity use across SSDs and SATA drives.

QNAP also indicates that users will be confident their sensitive business data will be safely stored via AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption without sacrificing too much performance. The TS-932X is quoted in a Windows environment (using a pair of 10GbE SFP+ ports) to deliver reads of 1.966MB / s and writes of 835MB / s, whereas encrypted transfers are expected to reach 1.148MB / s and 478MB / s in reads and write, respectively.

 

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AnnapurnaLabs AL324 64-Bit Quad Core 1.7 GHz processor with built-in 10GbE SFP+ dual-network ports
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Efficient cooling for consistently high performance

The TS-932X has an optimized airflow design that provides effective cooling to dissipate the buildup of heat within the system. This ensures that even under the heaviest load, the system and applications are not impacted by rising temperatures.

 

 

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SSD cache with auto-tiered storage, for 24/7 storage acceleration

With four 2.5-inch drive bays, the TS-932X provides dedicated space for SSD caching. By implementing an SSD cache, IOPS-demanding applications and the overall system performance can be greatly boosted. The QNAP TS-932X also supports QNAP’s Qtier™ technology, which greatly optimizes storage utilization by automatically moving files/data to high-performance SSD or high-capacity HDD based on how frequently they are accessed. The latest version of Qtier™ also features IO awareness to simulate a cache space in the SSD layer.

Protect data with snapshots

Snapshots completely record the NAS system status and data (including metadata). If a file is accidentally modified, deleted or afflicted with malware, you can quickly restore the file contents from your most-recent snapshot.

Implement a professional surveillance environment with QVR Pro

QNAP’s next-generation surveillance solution Pro enables you to host an independent surveillance environment on the QNAP TS-932X NAS and to benefit from easy storage expansion. Camera management, video storage planning, real-time monitoring, and video playback have become much easier. You can view camera footage at any time from your computer or mobile devices. Budget-conscious users can also save money on expensive IP cameras by using USB webcams.

Expand NAS storage capacity with VJBOD

QNAP VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) allows you to expand the capacity of a QNAP TS-932X NAS  by using the unused storage space of another QNAP NAS! This allows you to fully maximize the available space of multipleQNAP NAS, and also allow you to easily expand the capacity of the TS-932X as needed

Specifications

CPU Quad-core 1.7GHz independent hardware encryption engine with 32K DMIPS computing power
CPU Architecture 64-bit ARM
Floating Point Unit Yes
Encryption Engine Yes
System Memory 8 GB SODIMM DDR4 (1 x 8GB)
Maximum Memory 16 GB (1 x 16 GB)
Memory Slot 1 x SO-DIMM DDR4
Flash Memory 512 MB (Dual boot OS protection)
Drive Bay 5x 3.5-inch+ 4 x 2.5-inch
Drive Compatibility 3.5-inch bays:

  • 3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
  •  SATA hard disk drives – 2.5-inch
  • SATA solid-state drives – 2.5-inch

2.5-inch bays:

  •  solid-state drives
Hot-swappable Yes
Gigabit Ethernet Port (RJ45) 2
10 Gigabit Ethernet Port 2 x 10G SFP+
Jumbo Frame 3
Audio Output 1 x Built-in speaker, 1 x 3.5mm line out jack
Form Factor Tower
LED Indicators Power, Reset, USB Copy
Buttons 5% to 95% RH
Weight (Net) 3.53 kg
Weight (Gross) 5.06 kg
Power Supply Unit External, 120 W, AC 100 to 240 V
Power Consumption: HDD Sleep Mode 21.66 W W
Power Consumption: Operating Mode, Typical In operation: 42.15 W W
System Warning Voice prompts or Buzzer
Kensington Security Slot Yes
Fan 18.7 db(A)

Design and Build

QNAP TS-932X NAS looks almost identical to the TVS-951X This rugged NAS has 5x 3.5-inch trays which are stacked vertically above the 4 horizontally stacked SSD trays of 2.5 inches. With its all-black, brushed-metal aluminum building that houses 9 drive bays.

The QNAP TS-932X NAS looks almost identical to the TVS-951X with its all-black, brushed-metal aluminum design housing 9 drive bays. The rugged NAS has 5x 3.5-inch trays that are stacked vertically above the 4 horizontally spaced 2.5-inch SSD trays.

The Status, LAN and USB LED lights are up and down the left side of the front panel, followed by the drive LEDs below, the latter labeled by the drive-bay number. The Power button and USB One Touch Copy button/port are shown below.

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The back panel shows most of a system fan’s assumed real estate. The rest of the connectivity of the TS-932X is located to the right, including 2x USB 3.0 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports, two SFP+ ports, and the audio port. On the back panel are also the reset button, speaker power input, and Kensington protection door.

 Synthetic Workload Analysis

Our organization shared storage and hard drive testing cycle preconditions per drive into steady-state with the same workload the system will be checked under a heavy load of 16 threads with an outstanding 16 thread queue and then measured at set intervals in different thread/queue depth profiles to demonstrate output under light and heavy use. Since hard drives very quickly reach their rated level of performance, we only graph out the main sections of each test.

Preconditioning and Primary Steady-State Tests:

  • Throughput (Read+Write IOPS Aggregate)
  • Average Latency (Read+Write Latency Averaged Together)
  • Max Latency (Peak Read or Write Latency)
  • Latency Standard Deviation (Read+Write Standard Deviation Averaged Together)

Our Analysis of the Enterprise Synthetic Workload includes four profiles based on real-world tasks. These profiles have been developed to make it easier to compare with our previous benchmarks, as well as widely publicized values such as max 4k read and write speed and 8k 70/30, which is commonly used for business drives.

  • 4K
    • 100% Read or 100% Write
    • 100% 4K
  • 8K 70/30
    • 70% Read, 30% Write
    • 100% 8K
  • 8K (Sequential)
    • 100% Read or 100% Write
    • 100% 8K
  • 128K (Sequential)
    • 100% Read or 100% Write
    • 100% 128K

Faster Performance

With its unique 9-bay design, enable SSD Caching and Auto Data Tiering with Qtier technology to optimize storage efficiency and increase data transfer speeds.

Conclusion

The TS-932X is another great QNAP release. While not as powerful as other QNAP NAS products such as the identically built TVS-951X, this compact, 9-bay storage solution is a more affordable alternative. It also boasts solid performance via its 1.7 GHz Cortex-A57 Alpine AL-324 quad-core processor, a maximum of 16 GB of RAM and dual 10GbE SFP+ port. As such, the TS-932X is a great addition to those needing higher performance while keeping in mind cost.

Throughout our review, the TS-932X SSD configurations worked well. The QNAP NAS recorded its best performance in iSCSI connectivity, posting 30,901 IOPS read and 4,821 IOPS write, and 92,201 IOPS read and 32,149 IOPS write respectively. Both results were significantly better than CIFS efficiency, which respectively reported 5,855 IOPS read/4,433 IOPS write and 28,024 IOPS read/15,883 IOPS upload. The TS-932X reported 721.3MB / s write and 2.27GB / s write for CIFS and 319MB / s, and 1.24MB / s read for iSCSI during the 128k test.

The QNAP TS-932X offers many storage options and provides tiering and faster speed SSD trays. The NAS can address most SMB space tasks at a reasonable price.

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