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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  • nicolaim - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    Excellent comment Pgear. This NAS seems pretty cool in theory, but your experience points out many drawbacks.
  • LordanSS - Friday, November 30, 2018 - link

    Thank you for your comment, mate.
  • alexdi - Sunday, December 2, 2018 - link

    The solution for silent spinning disks is the same as it was 20 years ago: suspension enclosures. A rigid coupling to a flat surface is essentially a speaker; ditch that and you can have as many drives as you want.

    It's academic, though. I think your recommendation for a Roku-style box is almost always the right one. If this thing is supposed to be an actual NAS with 10Gbe, where is that wire going and why can't the storage live there?
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    Needs a wireless adapter.
  • p1esk - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    Can someone explain the purpose of the remote? If this NAS is connected to a TV, and is using some kind of a player app (Kodi?) to play videos, shouldn't the app functions be controllable from the TV's remote?
  • Lord of the Bored - Friday, November 30, 2018 - link

    Only if HDMI-CEC works like it is supposed to. Counting on that is a much safer bet than it used to be, but I still wouldn't rely solely upon it for a product I was shipping. Some people have hardware with glitchy implementations, some people have displays that don't implement it, some people just disable it for whatever reason.

    You simply can't guarantee the device will get a working CEC connection even if it is directly connected to a TV. Add a stereo in between the two, the odds go down. If the user has an HDMI computer monitor instead of a "real TV", CEC is an automatic nope.

    And that's before you get to the WEIRD stuff like DVI, VGA, or component video adapters that guarantee CEC isn't even present on the connector, but still have valid use cases.
    And then there's the jerk connecting this to a television that was state of the art in the 90s with a composite video converter. Or even (UGH) an RF modulator. You think I am making this up, but SOMEONE keeps buying HDMI downconverters. On the upside, I saw an SD projection display on the curb last month, so there's clearly one less "someone".
  • p1esk - Friday, November 30, 2018 - link

    I see, thanks!
  • oRAirwolf - Friday, November 30, 2018 - link

    I just picked up a Hyve Cygnus 12x3.5" 1u rack server off of eBay for $125 shipped. I bought an E3-1220 V2 and 16GB of ECC RAM for it for about $75 total. With hardware this cheap, I have trouble justifying all of these NAS appliances from QNAP and Synology. FreeNAS, OpenMediaVault, or even Xpenology mixed with some carefully picked hardware make for a much more robust solution.
  • Starling357 - Tuesday, December 25, 2018 - link

    The HS-453DX provides a wide range of multimedia applications, including: dual-channel 4K real-time transcoding (converts videos to universal file formats for playback on different devices); Plex® Media Server streams media to DLNA® devices, Roku®, Apple TV®, Amazon Fire TV® and Google Chromecast™; Cinema28 turns the HS-453DX into a centralized home multimedia hub; and OceanKTV allows the HS-453DX to be used a karaoke machine. https://mybkexperience.us/

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