QNAP TS-853 Pro 8-bay Intel Bay Trail SMB NAS Review

QNAP has focused on Intel's Bay Trail platform for this generation of NAS units (compared to Synology's efforts with Intel Rangeley). While the choice made sense for the prosumer-targeted TS-x51 series, we were a bit surprised to see the TS-x53 Pro series (targeting business users in the higher level market segment) also use the same Bay Trail platform. Having already looked at the Rangeley-based Synology DS1815+ and the Haswell-based Asustor AS7008T, it is now time to see how QNAP's Bay Trail-based 8-bay TS-853 Pro performs in our evaluation.