Firmware at test time was 3.8.1 Build 20121205. When I first hit the 469L's IP address, I thought QNAP had made some major changes in the admin GUI given the view below that greeted me. But it turned out to be just a bit of window dressing. Once I clicked through to the Administration option after logging in, the same familiar interface was there.
New login look
The big addition in 3.8.1 is support for the previously-mentioned HD Station. This is QNAP's entry into the use-your-NAS-as-a-HTPC sweepstakes that some NAS makers are running these days.
HD Station is a collection of modules that can be loaded to support various media playback features. The current modules are shown in the screenshot I pieced together below (that's why the two scrollbars), which appears when you mosey over to the Applications > HD Station section of the admin GUI.
HD Station modules
The TS-469L Pro was tested with 3.8.1 Build 20121205 firmware using our standard NAS test process.
The Benchmark Summary below shows pretty consistent Windows File Copy performance for RAID 0, 5 and 10 modes. RAID 0 write shows the highest results at 108 MB/s, with 98 and 102 MB/s for RAID 5 and 10, respectively. File Copy read has a little more variance, but is still consistent at 104, 102 and 100 MB/s for RAID 0, 5 and 10, respectively.
QNAP TS-469L Benchmark Summary
NASPT File copy results are higher than their Windows File Copy counterparts for write (133, 130, 128 MB/s) , but lower for read (96, 93, 93 MB/s) for RAID 0, 5 and 10 respectively.
iSCSI target write performance to target created on a RAID 5 volume came in at a very respectable 101 MB/s, with read much lower at 82 MB/s. As a test, I ran the full suite of benchmarks against an iSCSI volume, with surprising results described here.
Best attached backup performance of 112 MB/s was obtained with eSATA / NTFS and USB3 / FAT. The speed of the USB 2.0 connection limited the performance with all three formats to 27 - 28 MB/s.
Rsync backup to the NAS Testbed running DeltaCopy acting as an rsync target came in at a typically-measured 38 MB/s.
For a competitive look, I ran RAID 5 File Copy charts filtered for dual-core Atom processors and selected three other Intel Atom D2700-based NASes for comparison, i.e. the ASUSTOR AS-604T, Synology DS412+ and five-bay QNAP TS-569 Pro. Since all RAID 5 and 10 tests are run using four-drive volumes, the TS-569 Pro has no advantage (or disadvantage)
Although the competitors change positions from benchmark to benchmark, results are close enough that it would be difficult to detect a significant performance difference among the group in real-world use.
RAID 5 File Copy Performance comparison
QNAP seems to sprout new NAS models faster than dandelions in a spring rain. But this sometimes this can lead to buyer confusion. If you're considering a four-bay QNAP NAS, you have the five options shown in Table 2 to choose from.
|TS-469 Pro||Intel Atom D2700 @ 2.13 GHz||$794|
|TS-469L||Intel Atom D2700 @ 2.13 GHz||$629|
|SS-439 Pro||Intel Atom N270 @ 1.6 GHz||$491|
|TS-419P II||Marvell Kirkwood 88F6282 @ 2 GHz||$468|
|TS-412||Marvell Kirkwood 88F6261 @ 1.2 GHz||$370|
Table 2: Four-bay desktop QNAP NASes
Unless you really, really, really want lockable drive trays and a display screen, at least among this group, the TS-469L is the obvious choice.