QNAP TS-464 is the latest 4-bay NAS from QNAP and is the direct successor to the QNAP TS-453D.

QNAP TS-464-4G retails for S$929 on Lazada and Shopee. The -4G prefix at the end of the model means it comes with 4GB of RAM.

Unboxing

QNAP TS-464 - Box
QNAP TS-464 – Box

Box contents are simple. You get an AC adapter with your country-specific power cord. A one-meter cat 5e ethernet cable, three booklets, and two packets of 12 flat head screws (one for 2.5″ HDD and one for 3.5″ HDD).

QNAP TS-464 - Box Contents
QNAP TS-464 – Box Contents

Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Celeron N5105/N5095 4-core/4-thread processor, burst up to 2.9 GHz
  • CPU Architecture: 64-bit x86
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics
  • RAM: 1x 4 GB SODIMM DDR4 (Expandable to 16 GB)
  • Flash Memory: 4 GB
  • M.2 Slot: 2x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 3 x1
  • PCIe Slot: 1x PCIe Gen 3 x2
  • Ethernet Port: 2x 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • USB Port:
    • 2x USB 2.0 Port
    • 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Port
  • HDMI Port: 1x HDMI 2.0 Port

Due to a shortage of chips, you will get the Intel Celeron N5105 or Intel Celeron N5095 processor. Mine comes with Intel Celeron N5095.

Design
Like most NAS, QNAP TS-464 is also in matte black except for the front cover, which is in translucent black. The power button and one USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 port are in front.

QNAP TS-464 - Front
QNAP TS-464 – Front

At the back is where the remaining ports are, together with the 120mm 12V fan.

QNAP TS-464 - Back
QNAP TS-464 – Back

Before removing the front cover, you must slide the lock slider upwards.

QNAP TS-464 - Left
QNAP TS-464 – Left

There are ventilation holes at the bottom for better airflow.

QNAP TS-464 - Bottom
QNAP TS-464 – Bottom

Design: QNAP TS-464 vs TS-453D
QNAP TS-464 (left) and QNAP TS-453D (right) have the same design with different accent colors. QNAP TS-464 uses gold, while QNAP TS-453D uses grey. Both also have the exact dimensions and weight. Measuring 168 × 170 × 226 mm (H x W x D) and weighing 2.26 kg.

QNAP TS-464 vs QNAP TS-453D - Front
QNAP TS-464 vs QNAP TS-453D – Front

The ports arrangement between the QNAP TS-464 (left) and QNAP TS-453D (right) are also slightly different.

QNAP TS-464 vs QNAP TS-453D - Back
QNAP TS-464 vs QNAP TS-453D – Back

Inserting HDD
Once the front cover is removed, you can access the drive bays.

QNAP TS-464 - Front - Cover Removed
QNAP TS-464 – Front – Cover Removed

Both TS-464 and TS-453D have the same screwless disk tray.

QNAP TS-464 - Disk Tray
QNAP TS-464 – Disk Tray

If you are migrating from TS-453D to TS-464, ensure that the hard drives are inserted in the same order. Drive numbering starts at one on the leftmost bay and ends at four on the rightmost bay. So if you remove drive one on the TS-453D, you will need to slot it back to drive one on the QNAP TS-464.

QNAP TS-464 - HDD Inserted
QNAP TS-464 – HDD Inserted

Inserting RAM and M.2 SSD
You will need to remove all the disk trays to access the two RAM and M.2 SSD slots.

QNAP TS-464 - Front - Disk Trays Removed
QNAP TS-464 – Front – Disk Trays Removed

Unlike TS-453D, TS-464 now comes with two M.2 SSD slots you can use for SSD caching.

QNAP TS-464 - Slots
QNAP TS-464 – Slots

I have added two Crucial P1 500GB NVMe M.2 SSD and one Crucial 8GB DDR4 RAM.

QNAP TS-464 - Slots
QNAP TS-464 – Slots

Accessing PCIe Slot
To access the only PCIe slot in the QNAP TS-464, you will need to unscrew the three screws at the back of the NAS holding the case together with the structure. Be careful not to unscrew the wrong screw as there are five other screws at the back, four for the fan and one for the PCIe slot cover.

QNAP TS-464 - Cover Removed
QNAP TS-464 – Cover Removed
QNAP TS-464 - PCIe Gen 3 x2 Slot
QNAP TS-464 – PCIe Gen 3 x2 Slot

Migrating From TS-453D To TS-464
After inserting your hard drives from TS-453D to TS-464 in the exact order, you are ready to power on your TS-464. TS-464 comes with QTS 5. If you are unaware, QTS is the operating system (OS) powering QNAP NAS.

I have made DHCP reservations for my previous TS-453D. But because the MAC address has changed, I need to see what is the new local IP being allocated to the TS-464 using my router’s UI.

After powering your TS-464, you will probably need to wait 5 minutes for it to boot up. Throughout this process, I heard two beep sounds. Only after the second beep can I access the QTS at http://YOUR_NAS_LOCAL_IP:8080/cgi-bin/.

QNAP TS-464 - QTS - Login
QNAP TS-464 – QTS – Login

If your previous NAS is on an older version of QTS, you will be prompted to upgrade immediately, which I did.

QNAP TS-464 - QTS - Home
QNAP TS-464 – QTS – Home

Verified that my RAM has been detected correctly, which is 12GB. Although adding 8GB of RAM works with the pre-installed 4GB of RAM, QNAP doesn’t recommend using non-paired RAMs, so use at your own risk.

QNAP TS-464 - QTS - System Status
QNAP TS-464 – QTS – System Status

Since TS-453D doesn’t have SSD Caching, for TS-464, I would need to create it.

QNAP TS-464 - QTS - Create SSD Cache
QNAP TS-464 – QTS – Create SSD Cache
QNAP TS-464 - QTS - SSD Cache
QNAP TS-464 – QTS – SSD Cache

QTS 5.0.1
After writing this review, QNAP released QTS 5.0.1 on 15th September 2022. Its key new features are:

  • Replace RAID disks before potential failure
  • Free exFAT support for ARM-based NAS
  • Enhanced transfer speeds for SMB signing and encryption
  • Windows Search Protocol (WSP) support for mounted shared folders
  • Supports Enterprise SED (Self-Encrypting Drives)
QNAP TS-464 - QTS - Firmware
QNAP TS-464 – QTS – Firmware

Summary
In every way, the TS-464 is much better than the TS-453D since it is a direct successor. Specifications-wise, the closest competitor to the TS-464 is the Synology DS920+. Bare in mind that the Synology DS920+ was released two years ago. So in terms of specifications, TS-464 wins in a faster processor and updated USB 3.2 ports.

The area in which TS-464 shines against the DS920+ is the additional graphics processor and the PCIe Gen 3 x2 slot. Because TS-464 comes with an HDMI 2.0 port and an Intel UHD graphics processor, you can straightaway output video directly to your television without going through a media player. The TS-464 itself is a media player.

The number one complaint of Synology NAS is the lack of 2.5 Gbps ethernet ports, and QNAP had 2.5 Gbps ethernet ports in their NAS since the previous generation TS-453D.

During my review of the TS-453D, the only hardware complaint I had was the lack of an M.2 SSD slot for SSD caching. But now TS-464 has two M.2 SSD slots, and I have no more complaints. As you can see, TS-464 is already up there when it comes to hardware.

The only area where QNAP can improve is the user experience on their QTS. Despite QTS 5 being a major release, I still find the design dated, the design language not cohesive, and overwhelming. In other words, QTS 5 is functional without the looks, whereas if you compare it with Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), it is both functional and beautiful.

You can’t change hardware once it is released, but you can issue a software update. So if you are looking for a 4-bay NAS now, you can consider getting the QNAP TS-464, and hopefully, in the next major version of QTS, they will revamp the entire user interface.

QNAP TS-464
QNAP TS-464