Tinkering With a QNAP TS-531X
Saw a QNAP TS-531X 2MB on sale the other day and went ahead and got it. I’ve filled it with some old 500GB Seagate drives and it’s currently hooked up through a Mac Pro’s 1Gb Ethernet. Because I’m wanting direct attached storage, I have the drives in a RAID 5 and I just set it up as a iSCSI volume. I’m playing back some ProRes through FCPX without any serious issues that I can see. I did try a SMB volume but the throughput was about half of what I’m getting with iSCSI and FCPX wasn’t happy after I tried to open a library that I had created on the SMB share just moments before.
So, in the future I may fill it with some better drives and go to 10GbE, but for now I’m learning how to configure one of these things and see how it works. I figure, if it doesn’t perform well as DAS I can use it as near-line storage and backup. Is it worth upgrading the RAM in this model?
Does this get the Zelin Stamp of Approval? 🙂