My evaluation of an interesting barebones NAS featuring: two 3.5-inch hard drive bays, a M.2 NVMe 2280 slot, an Intel N100 CPU, one DDR4 SODIMM, and two 2.5Gbps NICs.
A small form factor, 4-bay DIY NAS featuring a Celeron N5105 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 128GB NVMe SSD, 2.5Gbps networking and TrueNAS SCALE for under $400.
I implement an off-site backup using a Mini PC, a 20TB USB HDD, TrueNAS SCALE, Tailscale, and some space at Pat's house.
A very similar economical DIY NAS build as last year, featuring TrueNAS SCALE, a Gigabyte B450 Aorus M motherboard, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and an Antec VSK3000 Elite case.
I jumped on the TrueNAS SCALE bandwagon with one of its first beta releases. As I used TrueNAS SCALE on my NAS at home, I shared my experience as an early adopter.
I rebuilt my on DIY NAS in an awesome 3D-printed case (the MK735) featuring TrueNAS SCALE, a Supermicro X11SDV-4C-TLN2 motherboard, an Intel Xeon D-2123IT CPU, 64GB ECC DDR4 RAM, a pair of Crucial MX500 1TB SSDs, and more!