Asustor AS5404T NAS (4x HDD / 4x NVMe) Review

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Asustor Nimbustor 4 AS5404t NAS (2x 2.5 GigE) 
Tremendous value with 4x HDD/SSD and 4x NVMe M.2. capabilities

Asustor AS5404T NAS Server: A Powerful Multi GigE Ethernet Solution with Impressive Features. Asustor has introduced its latest NAS server, the AS5404T, featuring Multi GigE Ethernet capabilities aimed at pro-consumers who prioritize streaming, file handling and fast storage. To revamp their NAS servers, Asustor has designed this model with speed, agility, and versatility in mind, making it a noteworthy contender in the NAS market. One of the most striking aspects of the AS5404T we review is its exceptional performance. Not only is it equipped with two 2.5 Gbps Ethernet jacks, this NAS server ensures high-speed data transfers and seamless streaming experiences. Additionally, it comes with 4x NVMe M.2 slots and 4x 3.5" HDD / 2.5" SSD storage bays, offering ample space for storing and accessing large and fast volumes of data. Asustor has recently revamped its NAS units, adopting a more square design while introducing aesthetic tweaks for a fresh look. The rear and bottom sides now feature a dark theme, complemented by soft red elements surrounding red visual indicators, resulting in an appealing NAS series. Beyond the visual enhancements, the focus remains on technical improvements. Asustor for example has previously offered NAS units with 10 Gigabit Ethernet at an affordable price point for the consumer market. The updated NAS series reflects Asustor's commitment to delivering both a visually appealing and technically capable storage solution. With these improvements, Asustor aims to cater to a wider range of users seeking reliable and efficient network-attached storage.

Technical Specifications

  • CPU: Intel N5105 Celeron, 2-2.9GHz with Intel Graphics
  • Memory: 4GB DDR4
  • HDD Bays:  4x SATA
  • NVMe Bays: 4x PCIe Gen 3 m.2
  • Network Connectivity: 2.5GbE x2

ASUSTOR has launched the AS5402T (2 bay) and AS5404T (4 bay) NAS systems, configured to provide dependable and proficient storage solutions for both personal and professional scenarios. These systems operate on the Intel Celeron processor, known for its usefulness in Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and prosumer NAS applications, resulting in robust performance and energy efficiency. DDR4 memory equipped in these devices ensures swift and efficient data processing. As stated, the NAS systems come in 2-Bay and 4-Bay configurations, offering substantial storage capacity with compatibility for 2x / 4x SATA HDDs. This allows for adjustable storage configurations. A significant specification includes support for 4x PCIe Gen 3 M.2 NVMe SSDs. These high-speed bays enable the installation of NVMe SSDs, boosting the performance of frequently accessed data via caching or tiered storage tactics. The AS5402T and AS5404T models have dual 2.5GbE Network Connections, promoting accelerated data transfer speeds. This feature is especially advantageous for enterprises handling large data sets or demanding real-time access. The HDMI 2.0b output, supporting 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, allows for a high-quality multimedia experience. Additional connectivity is provided through three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, supporting data access and backups with speeds of up to 10Gb/s. These devices utilize a 65W/90W External PSU, promoting efficient power delivery within a compact design.

For heat management and enhanced system lifespan, the NAS systems are fitted with 1x 70mm and 1x 120mm rear fans. The compact size (170(H) x 114(W) x 230(D) mm for the 2-bay system and 170(H) x 174(W) x 230(D) mm for the 4-bay system) is suitable for various home or office environments. The new NASes also include USB ports to USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gb/s), with the systems retaining dual 2.5GbE Network Connectivity to promote improved performance.


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