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Turbo NAS
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ProductQNAP TS-412 Turbo NAS   [Website]
SummaryBYOD four-bay Marvell 1.2 GHz Kirkwood RAID SATA NAS with many serving options.
Pros• Cloud backup to Amazon S3 & ElephantDrive
• Lots of features for the price
Cons• No USB 3.0 ports

Typical Price: $389  Compare Prices  Check Amazon

Updated 7/8/2011- Corrected component error

Rounding out my recent crop of QNAP reviews is the TS-412, four-bay sibling to the two-bay TS-212 and single-bay TS-112.

The 412 hews to QNAP's more traditional black case than the other two X12s. In fact, it would easy to mistake it for a TS-419P+, were it not that the 412 doesn't have an LCD display behind that expanse of dark plastic on the upper right case front. The drive trays are the same unlockable perforated style used on the 419P+.

The rear panel photo below shows dual Gigabit Ethernet ports that support up to 9K jumbo frames, failover and aggregation, three USB 2.0 ports (a fourth is on the front panel) and dual eSATA ports. Sorry, but for this price, you don't get USB 3.0..

QNAP TS-412 rear panel

Inside

I didn't disassemble the TS-412 for its inner beauty shots because I already knew most of its parts. Like the TS-112 and 212, the 412 uses a Marvell 88F6281 Kirkwood SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz and has 256 MB of RAM and 16 MB of flash soldered to its motherboard.

Updated 7/8/2011- Corrected component error

The only thing I needed a peek inside for was to see what QNAP was using to get the additional SATA ports it needed. The mystery was solved when I spied a Marvell 88SX7042 PCI-e 4-port SATA-II controller on the drive bay motherboard. QNAP has used this SATA-multipliercontroller-on-the-drive-bay-board trick before.

I didn't visually confirm, but I suspect that a pair of Marvell 88E1310's are used for the dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports.

QNAP supplied the TS-412 with four 3.5" Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB (HE103SJ) drives that brought total power draw to 31 W with drives spinning and 13 W with them spun down. The TS-412 was very quiet, even during testing, with the fan staying down at a quiet speed.

Features

I upgraded to 3.4.3 Build 0520T firmware before testing. This version includes the newish MyCloudNAS feature and ElephantDrive cloud backup option. I've covered MyCloudNAS in the TS-112 review. For a run-through of V3's other features, see the review or the online demo.

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