After reading what the TS-470 can do, why did I upgrade it beyond what it ships with? 


My main goal is encryption and the QNAP uses the CPU to do the encryption.  At first I was going to buy the QNAP TS-470 Pro because it had the fastest CPU.  I knew I needed the fastest CPU because if the CPU is being used to do the encryption then it isn’t too free to do other things and depending on the amount of write traffic it may be the main bottle neck in performance.  (See my stats here to where I proved this).  After reading through the QNAP forums I read that people were upgrading to the Intel 3770T and it had onboard AES encryption/decryption which offloaded the traffic from the CPU and it had 4 cores.  I thought this would give me the best chance at disk i/o performance.  Here is the CPU I bought:

Additionally, that chip uses 10 watts less of energy over the TS-470 Pro model which means it will run cooler than the CPU in the TS-470 Pro (55 Watts chip).  Therefore my #1 and #3 requirements are being met with better hardware.  Additionally, with the extra cores that are free, as I add apps I have the horsepower to run them.

While I had the case open to replace the CPU I went ahead and put in the full amount of RAM even though I will probably never use it all.  Being that it was only $150 for the RAM in comparison to the price of the QNAP TS-470 at about $1,000 plus the cost of the hard drives or SSD’s in this case, adding $150 to the cost was nothing and it is much easier to put the DIMMS in while you have everything torn apart.  I used Kingston ValueRAM 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3 PC3-12800 Non-ECC CL11 SODIMM Notebook Memory KVR16S11K2/16 and I bought it from Amazon here:  The price will fluctuate on this ram.  One day it is $140 another day it is $180 today as I write this, it is $160.

For the same price as a QNAP TS-470 Pro I was able to buy an upgraded CPU and the QNAP TS-470 box.  My QNAP TS-470 Ultimate box, as some have dubbed these upgrades, does a much better job of encrypting while keeping the cpu’s available for other tasks and runs cooler which means it runs quieter.

I bought two QNAP TS-470’s with all of the upgrade components.  I did one upgrade which went well except I tore down too many components and then during the second upgrade which I documented  here, I was much more efficient with the upgrade and only tore down the things I needed too.  Both boxes are running great.  I also did data validation between the upgrades where I had a high end workstation on a dedicated switch connected to a stock QNAP TS-470 and my upgraded QNAP TS-470 Ultimate and ran the exact same tests one after another to see how the performance upgrade improved things.  You can see my results here.

          GO TO: You can read about my goals here.

                GO TO:    Why did I upgrade?

          GOTO:       You can see the testing I did before I did the upgrade here.

          GOTO:      You can see how I upgraded the TS-470 from the basic model to what some have dubbed the Ultimate model, however I would argue more like the “best for security and performance“ model.

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