QNAP has introduced a new fanless NAS aimed primarily at home users. The HS-453DX Silent NAS can house two hard drives and it is powered by a quad-core Gemini Lake SoC. Featuring both 10 GbE connectivity as well as an HDMI 2.0 port, the box can be used to store data or to serve as an ultimate media player with massive storage capabilities.

The QNAP HS-453DX Silent NAS is based on Intel's Celeron J4105 (4C/4T, 1.5 – 2.5 GHz, 4 MB, UHD Graphics 600) SoC paired with dual-channel 4 or 8 GB DDR4 memory. The device can accommodate two 3.5-inch hard drives and two M.2 SATA SSDs for caching. The NAS fully supports the latest HDDs, so it can work with two Seagate’s 14TB IronWolf drives, allowing it to hit 28 TB of storage space in total.

Courtesy to Gemini Lake media decoding/encoding engine, the NAS supports direct 4Kp60 playback over HDMI 2.0 and transcoding videos for other devices (Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, DLNA devices, etc.). To ensure that the NAS could be used as a media player, it is compatible with QNAP’s RM-IR004 remote control.

As for connectivity, the HS-453DX has a 10GBASE-T five-speed port supporting 10G, 5G, 2.5G, 1G, and 100M speeds. Other ports include an additional GbE, another HDMI 1.4 output, one USB 3.0 Type-C port, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, as well as three 3.5-mm audio jacks.

When it comes to performance, SSD caching enables the QNAP HS-453DX Silent NAS to offer up to 677 MB/s read/write speeds when SSDs operate in RAID mode. To ensure that solid-state drives have a long lifespan, QNAP’s software allows to manually set software-defined SSD RAID over-provisioning. Speaking of software, it is necessary to note that QNAP’s new NAS uses QTS operating system and therefore supports all the applications developed for this software platform.

QNAP’s HS-453DX Silent NAS is now available to the company’s partners, so expect it in retail in the coming weeks and months depending on the region.

QNAP HS-453DX Silent NAS Specifications
  HS-453DX-4G HS-453DX-8G
CPU Model Intel Celeron J4105
GP Cores, Cache 4C/4T, 1.5 – 2.5 GHz, 4 MB
Graphics UHD Graphics 600
Encryption Accel. ?
Memory Speed DDR4-2400, dual-channel
Capacity 4 GB 8 GB
Bays 2 × 2.5/3.5 bays
M.2 Slots 2 × M.2-2280
Storage interface SATA 6 Gbps
Ethernet 1 × GbE
1 × 10GbE
Display Output 1 × HDMI 1.4b
1 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 1 × audio out
2 × audio in
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
Other I/O LEDs, speaker, etc.
Dimensions Height 42.8 mm | 1.68"
Width 404 mm | 15.9"
Depth 220 mm | 8.66"
PSU 90 W external
MSRP ? ?

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Source: QNAP

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  • zepi - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    Personally I find this NAS very interesting. For me 2x 2.5" slots would be enough, but I understand that many people still want to slot in HDD's for more capacity.
  • zepi - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    Oh, and one feature that would make me happy: UHS-II SD-card reader that automatically copies content from the card into configurable folder on NAS.

    Would be very nice way to import pictures / videos from digital camera.
  • kpb321 - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    I'd have to double check my QNAP NAS at home but it is probably possible to do that with a simple USB SD card reader. IIRC you can configure the default behavior for when a drive is attached to the USB slot to either automatically back up to the USB drive or to automatically import everything on the drive. An integrated slot would certainly look nicer but not sure they have the space with the way the mechanism is done for the front panel.
  • aaronbooker - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    This would be huge for verycsmall teams of content creators dumping footage during events. Great idea.
  • Death666Angel - Friday, November 30, 2018 - link

    USB auto copy is a feature in my Thecus NAS, so it should be available in most others. Just need a USB adapter and those are fairly ubiquitous as well. :)
    As for this NAS, I personally don't see the appeal. Very limited from a NAS perspective and not as versatile for a media center either. Plus, probably expensive enough to buy at least 2 good ones of each instead of this. It's a lifestyle gimmick thing mostly.
  • dromoxen - Friday, November 30, 2018 - link

    the problem is this will coost in the $1,500 to £2000 region and they will supply a remote control worthy of a ten dollar boom box . Nice , but way too expensive , I can smell the price ...
  • GreenReaper - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    Plug in some USB 3.0 HDDs and you're golden. Heck, you could probably hang a few hubs off of those ports and do fine for HDDs, as long as you kept it to large files.
  • Pgear - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    I've had the outgoing model HS-251+ for about 2 years and what I see here is going to be more of the same mediocre unsatisfactory experience.

    The point of this SilentNAS multimedia player product, at least for me, was to have a very quiet NAS in the living room storing multimedia files that could also be used as a multimedia player connected directly to the TV and sound system with no additional equipment needed, and with an attractive design.

    Well, once you use the recommended NAS drives (I went for WD Reds because spinning at 5900rpm they were supposed to be a little quieter) it kind of defeats the purpose because it is not silent anymore, quite a lot of vibration even when hardly accessing the disks, and lots of noise when they were accesed, just like a regular NAS, minus the fans. Very annoying in the quiet part of movies or music, and even more so if you are just trying to read in silence.
    SSD are of course the way, but the price per GB makes it stupidly expensive if you need a reasonable amount of storage, and then with only two drive slots you are not going to go very far, even with cost being no object. So silent, yes, but not really in the real world.

    Then there is the player part of the product and this can only be described as unusable. There was, guess still is, a Linux virtualised layer on top of QTS, that could host apps capable of HDMI output, such as Kodi and others. Kodi was officially pulled out at one point with no real explanation, and even when available was slow and buggy compared. The other apps were crap. The remote was poor. Funny that in the marketing literature for the current product, the player part of this system is not really covered at all, there is the mention of HDMI outputs and that’s basically it. A lot of people are going to be as disappointed as I am when the find out how it works in practice.

    So, it doesn’t really work silently and is a very poor multimedia player. So, what’s the point? The only thing going for it, is that designwise it is ok for a living room, but that´s nowhere near enough.

    What I ended up doing, and is my recommendation for my use case, is to just use a traditional NAS housed outside the room and proper multimedia players: I use Nvidia Shield, Apple TV4k, and the internal apps in the Sony 65ZD9. I couldn’t be happier.
  • heffeque - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    "my recommendation for my use case, is to just use a traditional NAS housed outside the room and proper multimedia players"

    My thoughts exactly.
  • ddean - Friday, November 30, 2018 - link

    I use a HS-210 (predecessor to the HS-251+) in my living room, with 2 SSDs (2 TB each). Yes, it's silent. I only use it for storage. It's nice not to have to run upstairs when something goes wrong. I note that the new 4TB QLC Samsung SSD is MSRP $600, same as the HS-453DX (4 GB RAM). If you want silent, you're in this price ballpark very quickly once you get past SBCs (RPi, Asus Tinkerboard) and Atom-based mini PCs.

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