My 2-year-old QNAP TS-473e died a few weeks, and unfortunately, it was just one month passed the 2-year warranty from QNAP, they told me to repair the QNAP, which its motherboard died, I have to pay around 400 bucks for repair fees. What?! I bought the NAS for 1000 bucks! …I am not gonna pay for that…So I was looking for some alternatives…yes, the new Asustor Nimbustor 2, AS5202T. It seems a good two-bay NAS for me.
I love my QNAP TS-473e, it provides tons of applications, and the tech support is great. However, one thing I hate is the CPU performance. When I bought it, I thought the AMD CPU is great and can handle some VMs inside QNAP, however, it turns out that no matter what OS I choose( Windows 7, Windows 10, Linux, ChromOS), the virtualization just painfully slow.
So what NAS do I really need?
4 Bay VS 2 Bay VS 1 Bay
I am not a heavy data user, so I don’t really need those 4 bay or 8 bay NAS, just 1 or 2 bay NAS is enough. Just to add some caching options to make the speed faster, so I think I would need a 2 bay NAS.
Another good thing about having 1-2 bay is that it saves your power consumption too 🙂
So here are the Top 3 2-bay NAS on the market: ( I ignored the cheaper price 2-bay NAS as I want a good 4k decoding and decent apps running speed for my NAS).
1. QNAP TS-253Be, Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Quad-core CPU with Hardware Encryption
Here is the official link from QNAP:
2. Synology 218+
Here is the official link from Synology:
3. ASUSTOR NIMBUSTOR 2 (AS5202T)
Here is the official link for specifications from Asustor website:
Now let’s see the differences among them:
At the moment, I am not counting fast virtualization on any of those NAS CPUs (except Intel i5/i7), However, I still need a stronger one as the 4k Decoding can really help if you have a stronger CPU.
QNAP TS-253Be: Intel Celeron J3455
Synology 218+: Intel Celeron J3355
ASUSTOR NIMBUSTOR 2 (AS5202T): Intel Celeron J4005
From CPU performance, QNAP > ASUSTOR > Synology, However, if you look at the single thread rating, Asustor AS5202T is the winner.
File Write & Read Speed
From the online reviews I read, QNAP 253Be and Synology 218+ have similar performance, it is around 100MB/s, however, if you have a 2.5 GbE switch, the write and read speed can be around 500MB/s!
So clearly Asustor AS5202T is the winner 🙂
I have used QNAP and Synology for years now, and they both have a huge collection of applications, including the 3rd party community repository.
Asustor seems a little lack of applications, especially 3rd community repository.
But all of them have the built-in applications I need: iDrive Backup, SABnzbd, and SickRage.
All 3 NAS have virtualization station, so I can run a Windows or Linux inside my NAS. However one interesting I found out about the Asustor is that it is using “Virtual Box”, which means it might be possible for me the run a Mac VM inside my NAS. Perfect, I love it 🙂
They all have the same price range, around 300USD. However, if you get it from Amazon, it seems like you don’t have to pay taxes on Asustor.
Well, I have been thinking about it for a few days now…and I think I will get an Asustor this time, just to give AS5202T a try and see how that goes!