Form Factor / Drive Height
24.2 x 13.5 x 22.2cm
Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
Total Drives (alternate)
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
OS Support - Windows
Windows 7 and later
OS Support - Mac/OSX
macOS 10.12.4 and later
General PerformanceThe Thunder3 Quad X T3QX-T3DIAY-AKTU unlike the TS-431P is made by AKiTiO. There always other brands out there like AKiTiO which are often innovative. You might not get the same user experience comparing with other better known brands. But sometimes you might not need it. The Thunder3 Quad X T3QX-T3DIAY-AKTU RAM compared with TS-431P 1GB is clearly weaker.
About Connections USB-C gives you this 10Gbps speed for quick backups or simple data transfers. It is new - universal connection which allows to connect to different systems like MAC and Windows. There are two Thunderbolt ports on Thunder3 Quad X T3QX-T3DIAY-AKTU.
About Usage As there are no LAN ports, you probably know this is DAS (directly attached storage) box. Sometimes more than anything we need speed! If you have chosen right drives for your Thunder3 Quad X T3QX-T3DIAY-AKTU box, you can expect the best performance whilst you are editing your videos or working with graphics. Only disadvantage with DAS boxes, is data sharing capabilities, compared with NAS functionality.
Price And Warranty This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £385.00.
designIt's a budget/Cost Effective NAS and therefore you cannot expect a superior build quality as you see in the QNAP TVS-1282T or the Synology DS3617xs. But even though it is a bit plastic-y, it is still functional and keeps the noise lower than you would expect.
featuresThe Annapurna CPU, though not breathtakingly powerful is still more than able to perform many, many tasks and is actually alot better than the CPU in most Budget or Cheap NAS servers
performanceIf you need a small to medium task level NAS for your file server needs and light to Medium Media Access via DLNA or the Native QNAP Apps, then this NAS will perform very well for you indeed
valueExcellent Value and if you need a RAID enabled NAS server for Windows or Mac - The TS-431p is the NAS device for you.
designThe Plastoc trays and horrible lockless design make you feel like you are breaking the trays each time you use them. I would recommend replacing the trays with Metal Trays from QNAP
featuresNevertheless, it is still an ARM CPU and therefore functions and applications like PLEX Transcoding and Virtual Machines are not available to you with a NAS like this one.
performanceHowever if you need slightly more intensive, larger file operations or who to move towards that in the next year or two, then you are better off spending a little more on the QNAP TS-453A here - https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-453A-4G-4-Bay-RAID-0-1-5-6-4GB-RAM-~52841
valueIf you want a NAS that can do more intensive operations then what you save in the low price, you also lose in it's ability - this NAS is excellent for the price if you need smaller file access/volumne - Not if you want RAW power.
General PerformanceThe TS-431P unlike the Thunder3 Quad X T3QX-T3DIAY-AKTU is made by Qnap. By choosing Qnap people expect to see advanced configurations opportunities as well as innovative and more diverse business applications. You are able to customize the TS-431P to your needs. Unlike the Thunder3 Quad X T3QX-T3DIAY-AKTU this box has the Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz processor.
About Connections There are two LAN ports on this box, making it a good home or small business NAS as you can utilise Link Aggregation and Failover support. Three USB3 ports on this Qnap is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process.
About Usage With 4 bay unit you are having additional advantages. You can choose from number of RAID solutions to set up. There could be RAID that saves your data even if one of the drives fail so you can still recover your data. This would be slightly more safe option to keep your data. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet.
Price And Warranty This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Qnap is £168.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit Thunder3 Quad X T3QX-T3DIAY-AKTU.