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Best TerraMaster NAS: For Plex, storing backups, and more

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TerraMaster makes numerous models, just like other enclosure brands, so how do you choose the best one for your needs? I’ve rounded up the best TerraMaster NAS enclosures to help you make the right decision, whether you need a cheap NAS for storage, a DAS for transferring files, or a server for running Plex Media Server.

What is the best TerraMaster NAS?

TerraMaster is a reliable brand to go with for NAS enclosures. I’ve continuously had the company’s products in my best NAS collection. In the past, TerraMaster NAS enclosures have always been considered the value option when compared to servers from Synology, QNAP, ASUSTOR, and other brands.

That all changed in 2022 when the TerraMaster F2-423 and F4-423 were released. TerraMaster now rocked high-end features usually reserved for more expensive NAS enclosures, effectively undercutting the competition. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t locate a good deal on a TerraMaster NAS.

I’ve rounded up some of the best enclosures the Chinese company has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a powerful server for Plex, an affordable two-bay unit for storing files, or something to kickstart a home security system, my collection of the best TerraMaster NAS will help you out.

My go-to TerraMaster NAS is the TerraMaster F2-423. This is a two-bay enclosure that offers exceptional value. It has some seriously high-end features, usually reserved for far more expensive enclosures. If you want a more affordable box to start a home media streaming service of your own, look no further than this puppy.

TerraMaster F2-423

Best TerraMaster NAS

TerraMaster F2-423
TerraMaster F2-423. (Source: TerraMaster)

I’m a huge fan of the F2-423 from TerraMaster. The Intel Celeron N-series of processors is a considerable upgrade from the J-series found in previous servers. It’s just an excellent all-around NAS.

CPUIntel Celeron N5105/N5095
(4-core, 2.9 GHz)
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
RAM4 GB DDR4
(max 32 GB)
Bays2 (SSD/HDD)
Expansion2x M.2 SSD
Cooling1x 80 mm
Ports2x 2.5Gb LAN
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2
1x HDMI
Power draw~22.1 W
Dimensions227 x 119 x 133 mm
Weight2.4 kg
  • Intel Celeron N5105/N5095
  • 4 GB upgradable DDR4 RAM
  • 2 drive bays (40TB max)
  • 2.5Gb LAN (with aggregation)
  • Access to RAM and M.2 slots is not easy

Choosing just one enclosure and crowning it the best NAS is a difficult decision to make. The TerraMaster F2-423 ticks all the right boxes. It has a good price, making it an ideal purchase for homeowners and those in a small office. It has a decent OS that’s relatively easy to use.

What makes this NAS truly special are the internal components, however. There’s an Intel Celeron N5105/N5095 processor that’s more than capable of running Plex Media Server, surveillance cameras, virtual machines, and more.

The 4GB of DDR4 RAM is brilliant for getting started, but TerraMaster made it possible to upgrade it to a whopping 32 GB. That’s more than enough for even the more demanding tasks you can do on a NAS. The two drive bays support a capacity of up to 40TB.

Then there are the two M.2 SSD bays for installing cache drives. The single HDMI port on the rear is perfect for connecting the enclosure directly to your TV. Lastly, the two 2.5Gb LAN ports will ensure you’re able to upgrade your network at a later date without having to worry about the NAS becoming a bottleneck.

TerraMaster F4-423

Best 4-bay NAS

TerraMaster F4-423
TerraMaster F4-423. (Source: TerraMaster)

Should the TerraMaster F2-423 entice you but you need more storage capacity, give the F4-423 a look. It’s almost the same but comes with an additional two drive bays to support up to 80TB of storage.

CPUIntel Celeron N5105/N5095
(4-core, 2.9 GHz)
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
RAM4 GB DDR
(max 32 GB)
Bays4 (SSD/HDD)
Expansion2x M.2 SSD
Cooling2x 80 mm
Ports2x 2.5Gb LAN
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2
1x HDMI
Power draw~35.2 W
Dimensions227 x 225x 136 mm
Weight3.6 kg
  • Intel Celeron N5105/N5095
  • 4 GB upgradable DDR4 RAM
  • 4 drive bays (80TB max)
  • 2.5GbE networking (with aggregation)
  • Access to RAM and M.2 slots is not easy

Where the F2-423 falls a little short in the capacity department, the TerraMaster F4-423 more than makes up for it with four drive bays. This high-capacity enclosure is capable of storing a lot of data, which makes it perfect for media or even security footage.

It has the same Intel Celeron N5105/N5095 processor inside the F2-423. There wasn’t any need to upgrade it due to the CPU is more than capable of handling more intensive NAS applications. There likely won’t be anything you want to do but are unable to.

TerraMaster F4-423
TerraMaster F4-423. (Source: NAS Master)

The same 4GB of DDR4 RAM is brilliant for getting started and you can upgrade it to 32GB. The aforementioned four drive bays support a capacity of up to 80TB. Everything else is pretty much identical, including the ports.

There are two M.2 bays for installing cache SSDs. The single HDMI port on the rear cannot be used to directly connect the F4-423 to your TV. But there are the two 2.5Gb LAN ports that are usually found on more expensive NAS enclosures.

TerraMaster F2-212

Best budget NAS

TerraMaster F2-212
TerraMaster F2-212. (Source: TerraMaster)

This is one of the most affordable NAS enclosures TerraMaster makes. Should you require something for the university to store files or need somewhere to throw backups from your PC, this is a great little NAS.

CPURealtek 1619B
(4-core, 1.7 GHz)
GPU
RAM1 GB DDR4
(max 1 GB)
Bays2 (SSD/HDD)
Expansion
Cooling1x 80 mm
Ports1x 1GbE
1x USB-A 3.0
1x USB-A 2.0
Power draw~20.1 W
Dimensions222 x 119 x 154 mm
Weight1.4 kg
  • Affordable
  • Great for file storage
  • 2 drive bays (40TB max)
  • Sluggish processor performance
  • RAM nonupgradeable
  • No M.2 slots or 2.5Gb LAN

The best budget TerraMaster NAS enclosure is the TerraMaster F2-212. It’s the most affordable enclosure in this collection, which is largely due to the processor. This server has the Realtek 1619B, a budget-friendly ARM CPU that isn’t as powerful as Intel Celeron processors found inside other servers.

TerraMaster F2-212 drive bays
TerraMaster F2-212 drive bays. (Source: NM)

This does mean you won’t be able to do as much as you would on other, more premium NAS, but for file storage and somewhere to stash backups, this is a good choice. The F2-212 does have some great features for the money, however. You’ll find two drive bays that can support up to 40TB of capacity.

There’s only 1GB of RAM, as well as a single 1Gb LAN port, but the two USB ports will ensure you can connect some external hardware. If all you require is a starter NAS or something to get you up and running with some connected storage, the F2-212 is a solid piece of kit.

TerraMaster T6-423

Best for Plex

TerraMaster T6-423
TerraMaster T6-423. (Source: TerraMaster)

The best NAS for Plex at least requires an Intel processor for better 4K transcoding support and the six-bay T6-423 has just that. It’s a solid enclosure for media streaming.

CPUIntel Celeron N5095
(4-core, 2.9 GHz)
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
RAM4 GB DDR4
(max 32 GB)
Bays6 (SSD/HDD)
Expansion2x M.2 SSD
Cooling2x 80 mm
Ports2x 2.5GbE
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2×1
1x HDMI
Power draw~39.2 W
Dimensions226 x 130 x 218 mm
Weight3.9 kg
  • Intel Celeron N5095
  • 4 GB upgradable DDR4 RAM
  • 6 drive bays (120 TB max)
  • 2.5GbE networking
  • Drives require screws
  • Useless HDMI port

The TerraMaster T6-423 is a brilliant enclosure for enjoying your favorite media through Plex Media Server. It has an Intel Celeron N5095 processor, which is more than capable of handling 4K transcoding, just in case you want to watch a movie on an unsupported device.

Front of the TerraMaster T6-423
Front of the TerraMaster T6-423. (Source: NM)

The six drive bays allow for up to 120 TB of data to be stored, though the actual capacity will be determined by the level of RAID used. There’s 4 GB of upgradable DDR4 RAM that’s more than enough for running Plex, but it’s good to know this can be increased at a later date.

The last party tricks are the 2.5GbE connections and the ability to easily install another NAS OS. This will be fantastic for many years to come as you look to upgrade your home network from a throughput of just 1Gb to ten times that amount. This is the best NAS for Plex, especially with a custom OS.

TerraMaster D4-300

Best DAS

TerraMaster D4-300
TerraMaster D4-300. (Source: TerraMAster)

Not everyone needs (nor wants) smart connected storage that can be accessed on LAN and from the outside world, which is where DAS like the TerraMaster D4-300 come into play.

CPU
GPU
RAM
Bays4 (SSD/HDD)
Expansion
Cooling2x 80 mm
Ports1x USB-C 3.1
Power draw~45.6 W
Dimensions227 x 225 x 136 mm
Weight2.1 kg
  • 4 drive bays (80TB max)
  • 1x USB-C 3.1 port
  • Easy to use
  • Great for storing huge files
  • Can’t install NAS apps
  • Limited to direct connection

A DAS like the TerraMaster D4-300 is perfect for those who need a simple place to store data. If you don’t require the full NAS experience with a connected OS, the ability to access data across a network, and more, a DAS is where you should be.

TerraMaster D4-300
TerraMaster D4-300. (Source: NAS Master)

It has eight drive bays for a capacity of 144TB, though this will be limited by the choice of RAID for data redundancy. The two Thunderbolt 3 ports allow for speedy connections to devices, as well as the possibility to link together multiple DAS units.

It’s easy to use, but you’ll be limited to direct connections and there aren’t any apps and services to enjoy. Think of it as a giant, smart external drive.

TerraMaster U12-722-2224

Best capacity NAS

TerraMaster U12-722-2224
TerraMaster U12-722-2224. (Source: TerraMaster)

Should you be comfortable with putting together your own server rack, the TerraMaster U12-722-2224 is a solid choice for maximizing storage space. The 12 drive bays are unmatched by anything else in this collection.

CPUIntel XEON 2224 G
(4-core, 4.6 GHz)
GPU
RAM8 GB DDR4
(max 64 GB)
Bays12 (SSD/HDD)
Expansion2x PCIe 3.0
Cooling3x 80 mm
Ports4x 1GbE
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
4x USB-A 2.0
1x COM
1x HDMI
1x VGA
Power draw~180 W
Dimensions440 x 550 x 88 mm
Weight16 kg
  • Intel XEON 2224 G
  • 8 GB upgradable DDR4 RAM
  • 12 drive bays (216TB max)
  • 4x 1Gb LAN (with aggregation)
  • 2 PCIe slots
  • Not designed for home use
  • No 2.5Gb or 10Gb ports

For those searching for a NAS with maximum storage capacity, you’ll want to consider something like the TerraMaster U12-722-2224. It’s fantastic, but you’ll need a server rack to make the most of this NAS, unless you don’t mind a thin device lying around somewhere.

The Intel Xeon 2224 G is a brilliant processor with more than enough grunt to smash through most tasks you can throw at it. There’s 8GB of upgradable DDR4 RAM, which is great for running intensive applications. Then there are the four 1Gb LAN ports.

Two PCIe slots allow for the installation of expansion cards and 12 drive bays allow for a maximum storage capacity of up to 126TB. If you need an ultimate machine for storage, the U12-722-224 is the NAS for you.

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