We are going to call this one the “Everything Home Server” because, it has just about everything one can imagine. The Qotom Q20332G9-S10 may have the worst name possible, but its capabilities are amazing. We have been using this system for about two months now and have two different versions. The one we are using today has an Intel Atom C3758 processor, giving it four 10GbE SFP+ ports. There is also 2.5GbE onboard. Internal storage has room for several SSDs, but that is not the only storage interface. Instead, we get an SFF-8087 port that allows us to hook up an external 4-bay SATA JBOD chassis with a locking connector. We have been sitting on this review over the holiday season, but we wanted to bring it out in the new year.
Everything Fanless Home Server Overview
Of course, we have a video for this one.
In the video’s key lessons learned section, we show how to connect this to a QNAP TL-D400S 4-Bay SATA JBOD DAS Enclosure. That turns this system into a NAS appliance for applications like TrueNAS.
We have purchased systems from both Amazon and AliExpress (Affiliate links.) The starting price of these systems is under $286 for the barebones with the chassis. That is effectively the same price as just the motherboard on AliExpress.
We purchased our first system with a 512GB NVMe SSD and 16GB of memory for around $400 due to the high shipping costs. Something was immediately obvious when we opened the first system. These are designed to be someone’s appliance, not as the cheapest possible firewall nodes like we have seen some units come as before. We will show a bit about that in our internal overview.
The $400 price may be offputting to some, but just put some comparisons out there. A TrueNAS Mini X+ is a 5-bay diskless NAS that uses the same Intel Atom C3758 processor, and is around $1459 at the time of this writing for a barebones. Here is an affiliate link to the unit on Amazon. Turning this system into a 4-bay NAS is around $700-750, but it has more built-in networking than the TrueNAS Mini+.
Likewise, it costs about $25-30 more for the C3758R version, and that is the same CPU that underpins the Netgate 8200 Max which is the company’s $1395 18Gbps router/ firewall machine. The CPU supports Intel QuickAssist so if you have either a version of pfSense+ that supports QAT or OPNsense, you can offload crypto functions for fast IPsec VPN and so forth.
Of course, both of those systems are supported by the software vendors, and so forth. If you are just doing this as a home DIY project, this can save around $1000.
With that, let us get to the hardware.