At Computex 2023, we saw something insanely cool. The QNAP TBS-574TX is a 5-bay E1.S SSD NAS that also has Thunderbolt and 10GbE connectivity. This is perhaps the most drool-worthy NAS we have seen in quite some time.
QNAP TBS-574TX E1.S Thunderbolt 4 10GbE NAS Spotted
Deep within the iEi QNAP booth at Computex 2023, we saw this gem with nobody around it.
This is an Intel Core i3 8-core/12-thread processor (sounds like 4x P-cores and 4x E-cores) Alder Lake design. One item we hope is upgradeable is the “Built-in 8GB of RAM”. For a device of this class, it would be awesome if this is SODIMM upgradeable (and ECC if possible.) On the front, we can see the first Thunderbolt port.
Pulling off the cover on the front, we can see the five E1.S drive bays.
Here is a 15mm E1.S SSD on the front of the unit.
QNAP also showed off a M.2 to E1.S adapter that will greatly expand the ability of folks to use this NAS. The part number on this adapter is the QNAP QDA-E1SM.
If you want to learn more about EDSFF which is starting to take over from M.2 (albeit these things happen slowly), you can see our article video here:
Looking at the rear of the unit, this has a standard DC input, then a 10GbE and a 2.5GbE port. It almost feels like a desktop with a HDMI and two more USB ports. There is another Thunderbolt 4 port on the rear of the unit.
We are a bit concerned about the noise given the two fans, but we will reserve judgment for our review.
We have sent a note to QNAP asking when these will be available and hopefully pricing. We will review this unit when we can. For anyone that wants a 10GbE NAS and has a Thunderbolt 4 capable notebook, this might make for an amazing portable NAS unit, perhaps a step up from the Asustor Flashstor 12 Pro FS6712X and Flashstor 6 FS6706T NAS units when it is released, albeit with fewer drive bays.