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External multi drive nVME / NVME Nas solutions


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I am looking for a new NAS, I was looking at QNAP and Synology NAS's, but Storage is changing and I am looking at devices that are straight up nvme drives and no mechanical hard drives.

First I found this, but the price seems really high for a 2 drive solution:

 

https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Thunderbolt-DisplayPort-Downstream-M2E4BTB3/dp/B09YVLFWVJ/ref=pd_ybh_a_sccl_10/140-0010366-2360043?pd_rd_w=Vq1O8&content-id=amzn1.sym.67f8cf21-ade4-4299-b433-69e404eeecf1&pf_rd_p=67f8cf21-ade4-4299-b433-69e404eeecf1&pf_rd_r=J34WG1MY1K8PF0JR2MP9&pd_rd_wg=a8HXW&pd_rd_r=ad2c930b-1d57-40b4-bda6-5c90d1ed8bda&pd_rd_i=B09YVLFWVJ&psc=1

 

Then I found some videos about these things:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Asustor-Flashstor-FS6706T-Computer-Attached/dp/B0BZCM22WD/ref=pd_ybh_a_sccl_2/140-0010366-2360043?pd_rd_w=Vq1O8&content-id=amzn1.sym.67f8cf21-ade4-4299-b433-69e404eeecf1&pf_rd_p=67f8cf21-ade4-4299-b433-69e404eeecf1&pf_rd_r=J34WG1MY1K8PF0JR2MP9&pd_rd_wg=a8HXW&pd_rd_r=ad2c930b-1d57-40b4-bda6-5c90d1ed8bda&pd_rd_i=B0CHMHHCC1&th=1

 

These offer 6 or 12 NVME slots depending on the model, but wow, the prices are crazy without any drives.....

What are other solutions? Could I get a small case with an ITX motherboard, be able to support up to 64gb of DDR5 in 2 slots, have more PCIe lanes with an AMD processor and use some ICY Dock 3.5 inch bay adapters to stuff 4 or 6 NVME drives in each slot and run Ture NAS or something similar?

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Really the best solution will depend on your throughput needs and degree of separation between your main system and the storage.

 

First link - Fast direct thunderbolt connection 3.5GB/sec throughput realistic max.

Second link - Fast network connection (2.5Gb) so 200MB/sec realistic max.

Third idea - Host computer. You could put a 10Gb network card and direct connect or use a switch  so 800MB/sec realistic max. Or use the computer direct, if you need it all direct attached this solution will be the fastest in terms of raw I/O throughput. 

 

What do you need physically and electrically basically?

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