If you want the best bang for your buck NAS then TerraMaster is probably the best brand to go for. I reviewed their F2-210 last month and it offered incredible performance for such a low price.

The value for money TerraMaster offers continues throughout their range, from a hardware perspective little really competes with them.

Yesterday they announced their latest TerraMaster F5-422 5-bay NAS as well as upgraded the full Fx-422 family.

TerraMaster F5-422 vs F5-221 Changes

Looking at a side by side comparison of the F5-422 vs F5-221 there is only one change, but it is extremely important. The new NAS now has a built-in 10Gb Ethernet Port which allows you to take full advantage of the increased speeds you can achieve certain RAID modes or via the SSD cache.

According to the TerraMaster F5-422 product page with 5 Seagate IronWolf 6TB hard drives in RAID 5 mode, the device’s read and write speeds can reach 650MB/s and 670MB/s, respectively.

TerraMaster F5-422 Features

The F5-422 retains all the other superb features of the F5-221 which includes an Intel quad-core  Celeron J3455 1.5 GHz (turbo boost up to 2.3 GHz) processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, and HDMI out.

The memory is upgradable to 12 GB (4 GB + 8 GB) and TerraMaster state this is capable of 4K (4096 x 2160) 30FPS transcoding. According to the Plex compatibility chart, this is correct and the NAS can go all the way up to H.264 2160p or decode only with HEVC UHD 2160p.

TerraMaster F5-422 Price & Competition

The TerraMaster F5-422 is listed on Amazon at £519.99 which is actually cheaper than the older F5-421 which sells for £549.99.

There is not really a directly competing product from Synology. The £660.81 Synology DS1019+ is the best bet which also has 5-drive bays, and uses the Intel J3455. It does not have a 10Gb Ethernet port though, but it does have 8GB RAM and two M.2 NVMe SSD slots for system cache support

Then there is the QNAP TS-453B-4G 4 Bay or TS-653B-4G 6-bay, both of which cost more, neither have 10Gb Ethernet but both can be upgraded via PCIe.

Fx-422 family

TerraMaster has upgraded other models in the family too including the F2-422 is a dual-drive NAS bays up to 32TB of storage support and the F8-422 offering 8-slots of drive bays for a maximum of 128TB of storage.

State-of-the-Art TOS 4.1.0 Operating System

With the most recent version of the TOS operating system, TOS 4.1.0, you can back up your data, manage your file server, and optimize your sharing services in an intuitive, simple, and user-friendly way. The operating system includes a complex of application software, with rich application content, potent multimedia services, and numerous ways to back up your data. TerraMaster TOS is constantly updated to constantly improve your NAS with more than 10+ updates to the system since the new version release.

Smart Mobile App

With the TNAS mobile app, quickly access your TNAS device and its multimedia data without restrictions, all simply through your iOS or Android system. TNAS.Online also makes it easier to setup your network settings to make your NAS highly available for users, even via the internet. The service provides a free-of-charge way via URL to securely content from your TerraMaster NAS and make it available in your own personal cloud.

TerraMaster F5-422 vs F5-221 Comparison Table

 F5-422F5-421
Processor ModelIntel® Celeron® J3455Intel® Celeron® J3455
Processor ArchitectureX.86 64-bitX.86 64-bit
Processor FrequencyQuad Core 1.5GHz (Max burst up to 2.3GHz)Quad Core 1.5GHz (Max burst up to 2.3GHz)
Hardware Encryption Engine
Video Transcoding8-bit, max resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160), max FPS: 30 (need to install third-party applications)8-bit, max resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160), max FPS: 30 (need to install third-party applications)
Memory
System Memory4GB 4GB 
Pre-installed Memory module//
Total Memory Slot Number11
Maximum Supported Memory 12 GB (4 GB + 8 GB) 12 GB (4 GB + 8 GB)
NoteTerraMaster reserves the right to replace memory modules with the same or higher frequency based on supplier's product life cycle status. Rest assured that the compatibility and stability have been strictly verified with the same benchmark to ensure identical performance.TerraMaster reserves the right to replace memory modules with the same or higher frequency based on supplier's product life cycle status. Rest assured that the compatibility and stability have been strictly verified with the same benchmark to ensure identical performance.
Storage
Disk Slot Number55
Compatible Drive types3.5" SATA HDD3.5" SATA HDD
2.5" SATA HDD2.5" SATA HDD
2.5" SATA SSD2.5" SATA SSD
Maximum Internal Raw Storage Capacity80TB (16TB x 5) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)80TB (16TB x 5) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Max Single Volume108TB108TB
Drive Hot Swap
Note. Hard drive vendors will release their latest models of hard drives, and Maximum internal raw storage capacity may be adjusted accordingly.. Hard drive vendors will release their latest models of hard drives, and Maximum internal raw storage capacity may be adjusted accordingly.
. The maximum single volume size is not directly related to the maximum raw capacity.. The maximum single volume size is not directly related to the maximum raw capacity.
File System
Internal DriveEXT4, BTRFSEXT4, BTRFS
External Drive EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE Network Jack2
RJ-45 10GbE Network Jack14
USB 3.0 Port22
USB 2.0 Port//
COM//
HDMI11
VGA//
LSI 9207-8i HBA Card//
PCIe Slots//
Appearance
Size (H*W*D)227 x 225 x 136 mm227 x 225 x 136 mm
Packaging Size (H*W*D)300 x 275 x 186 mm300 x 275 x 186 mm
WeightNet Weight: 2.30Kg  Gross Weight: 3.56KgNet Weight: 2.30Kg  Gross Weight: 3.56Kg
Others
System Fan80 mm x 80 mm x25mm  2 pcs80 mm x 80 mm x25mm  2 pcs
Fan ModeSmart, High speed, Middle speed, Low speedSmart, High speed, Middle speed, Low speed
Noise Level19.8dB(A) 19.8dB(A) 
Power Supply90W90W
AC Input Voltage100V - 240V AC100V - 240V AC
Current Frequency50/60 Hz, Single frequency50/60 Hz, Single frequency
Power Consumption46.6W (read & write)46.6W (read & write)
2.0W  (hard drive dormancy)2.0W  (hard drive dormancy)
Limited warranty2 years2 years
CertificateFCC, CE, CCC, KCFCC, CE, CCC, KC
EnvironmentRoHS, WEEERoHS, WEEE
Temperature
Working Temperature5°C  ~ 40°C (40°F ~ 104°F)5°C  ~ 40°C (40°F ~ 104°F)
Storage Temperature-20°C ~ 60°C (-5°F ~ 140°F)-20°C ~ 60°C (-5°F ~ 140°F)
Relative Humidity5% ~ 95% RH5% ~ 95% RH
Package Contents
Host unit (x1)Host unit (x1)
Power cord (x1)Power cord (x1)
RJ-45 network cable (x1)RJ-45 network cable (x1)
Quick Installation Guide (x1)Quick Installation Guide (x1)
Limited Warranty Note(x1)Limited Warranty Note(x1)
Screws(a few)Screws(a few)
Power adapter (x1)Power adapter (x1)
TOS Features
OS Supported
Supported Client OSWindows OS, Mac OS, Linux OS
Supported Web BrowsersGoogle Chrome 48, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 30,Apple Safari 4.5 or later version; Microsoft Edge is not recommened.Windows OS, Mac OS, Linux OS
Supported mobile OSIos 8.2, Android 5.0 or later versionGoogle Chrome 48, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 30,Apple Safari 4.5 or later version; Microsoft Edge is not recommened.
Storage ManagementIos 8.2, Android 5.0 or later version
Supported RAID TypesSingle, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID5, RAID 6, RAID 10Single, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID5, RAID 6, RAID 10
Maximum Internal Volume Number256256
Maximum iSCSI Target128128
Maximum iSCSI LUN256256
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDsRAID 1,RAID5,RAID 6,RAID10RAID 1,RAID5,RAID 6,RAID10
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDDRAID5,RAID6RAID5,RAID6
RAID Migration
SSD Cache
Hot Spare
SSD TRIM//
Hard Drive S.M.A.R.T.
Seagate IHM
NVRAM write cache(BBU-protected)//
WORM(Write Once Read Many)//
Shared Folder Snapshot
LUN Snapshot//
Storage QoS For Shared Folder//
File Services
File ProtocolSAMBA/AFP/NFS/FTP/WebDAVSAMBA/AFP/NFS/FTP/WebDAV
Maximum Concurrent SAMBA/AFP/FTP Connections500500
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration
NFS Kerberos Authentication
Account & Shared Folder
Maximum local user's account number20482048
Maximum local group number512512
Maximum shared folders number512512
Maximum shared folders syncing tasks88
Backup
Rsync Server
Rsync Backup
Schedule Backup
USB Device Backup
Cloud Sync
Time Machine Server
File System Cluster
Networking
TCP/IPIPv4IPv4
ProtocolsCIFS/SAMBA, NFS, FTP, TFTP, HTTPS, SSH, iSCSI, SNMP, SMTPCIFS/SAMBA, NFS, FTP, TFTP, HTTPS, SSH, iSCSI, SNMP, SMTP
Link Aggregation
DLNA Compliance
VPN Client
VPN Server
Proxy Client
Proxy Server//
UPnP/Bonjour Discovery
TNAS.online Remote Access
DDNS
Access Right Management
Batch users creation//
Import/Export users//
User Quota Managerment
Local user access control for CIFS/SAMBA and FTP
Domain Authentication
Microsoft Active Directory
LDAP Client
LDAP Server
SSO//
Security
Firewall Protection
Account Auto-block Protection
AES Volume and Shared Folder Encryption
Importable SSL certificate
Instant Alert via email, SMS, Beep
Power Managerment
Automatic Power On After Power Recovery
Scheduled Power On/Off
Wakeup On LAN//
UPS Supported
Administration
Multi-window, Multi-task System Management
Custom Desktop
Control Panel
Resource Monitor
Syslog
OS UI LanguageEnglish,German, French, Spanish, Italian, Magyar, Chinese,Japanese,KoreanEnglish,German, French, Spanish, Italian, Magyar, Chineses,Japanese,Korean
Applications
Application Center
Mail Server
Web Server
Clam Antivirus
Download
Multi Media Server
Docker
Plex Media Server
Snapshot

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