iXsystems TrueNAS Mini X+ Has An Interesting Design
Those who spend a lot of time disassembling, swapping components and reassembling a NAS device might want to steer clear of this particular product from iXsytems, as even after ServeTheHome had removed 16 screws they still hadn’t accessed the expansion slot. However if you are just swapping drives, the five 3.5″ drive bays and two 2.5″ drive bays are easily accessible and the 3.5″ bays have their own individual locks. The network connection is provided by the Atom C3758 SoC but you can also have an additional Chelsio T520 dual SFP+ 10GbE NIC installed if you desire.
If you are familiar with Supermicro server motherboards then the remote management tool will be instantly recognizable, and experienced users of TrueNAS will have no issues with the TrueNAS Core 12 interface. Inside a SATA DOM handled your OS installation, leaving all of the drive bays available for storage, a nice touch on a small system.
After a thorough review STH proclaims this to be “best 5-bay NAS solution on the market” for those who want to use TrueNAS Core. There are certainly quieter NAS devices on the market as well as some with higher storage density but for fans of that particular NAS interface and who want a fully functional device out of the box this is one of the best.
A few months ago we covered the launch of the iXsystems TrueNAS Mini X+. The appliance was launched at a time when FreeNAS was still the company’s stable project and was still a few months away from the TrueNAS Core unification. Now that we have transitioned to a stable TrueNAS Core (and not seen an abandonment of the new platform), it is time for our review.