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QNAP TS-459 Pro: Features And Construction

Atom-Powered NAS: Thecus N4200 And QNAP TS-459 Pro
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QNAP offers several NAS products equipped with Intel's Atom D510. The different products in the TSx59 Pro-series differ mainly when it comes to the number of supported drives you can connect and corresponding power consumption. For our tests, we used the QNAP TS-459 Pro. It can be equipped with up to four hard drives and up to 1GB of DDR2 RAM. Like Thecus, QNAP also uses the Intel ICH9R southbridge.

Clean Front

Most products of this kind seem to come with a front-mounted display for displaying and changing basic system information, and the TS-459 Pro is no exception. Below the LCD are four vertically-mounted lockable disk trays. Along the left are the power switch and a USB 2.0 port.

The Rear

The rear view looks just as tidy as the front. The TS-459 Pro features an internal power supply; you can see its small 50 mm fan just above the 120 mm fan that cools the hard drives.

We also find four USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA ports, and two gigabit Ethernet ports that can either be used for connecting to two different networks or for load balancing/failover. Moreover, the QNAP TS-459 Pro has a VGA port for system maintenance, which you can use for analyzing console error messages.

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