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QNAP TVS-1282-i7-64G 12-bay NAS Review

Rating: 9.0.

QNAP's TVS-1282 is the flagship 12-bay model of the TVS-x82 high-performance NAS range aimed at SMBs. The TVS-x82 series has been designed to support Tiered Storage, Network Traffic Distribution and Application based Partitioning among others. Powered by an Intel Core i7-7700 quad-core CPU, the TVS-1282 comes with three PCIe Gen 3 expansion slots to boot.

The TVS-x82 family is made up of the TVS-1282 12-bay (8x 3.5in, 4x 2.5in), TVS-882 8-bay (6 x 3.5in, 2 x2.5in) and the 6-bay TVS-682 (4 x 3.5in, 2 x 2.5in). Within each of these model lines there are CPU and memory options to choose from.

The flagship TVS-1282 (in terms of CPU and memory) is the one QNAP kindly supplied for review, the TVS-1282-i7-64G. This is powered by an Intel Core i7-7700 quad-core CPU clocked at 3.6GHz and backed by 64GB of DDR4-2133MHz memory, the maximum amount the motherboard supports. Keeping with the i7 CPU but with only 32GB of memory as standard is the TVS-1282-i7-32G. Next model down the food chain is the TVS-1282-i5-16G, powered by an Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz quad-core CPU with 16GB of memory and finally, there is the entry-level unit, the TVS-1282-i3-8G powered by an Intel Core i3-7100, 3.9GHz CPU and 8GB of memory.

But that's not the end of the choices as the TVS-1282-i7-64G, TVS-1282-i7-32G and TVS-1282-i5-16G models are also available with a larger power supply option, 450W instead of the standard 250W one (FSP 250-60PLC). These models are labelled TVS-1282-i7-64G-450W, TVS-1282-i7-32G-450W and the TVS-1282-i5-16G-450W.

The TVS-1282's feature list is mightily impressive. There are three, yep three PCIe Gen 3 slots, a single x8 and a pair of x4 which support various add-in cards such as QNAP's QM2 cards, 10GbE networking and 12G SAS expansion cards. It even supports a dedicated graphics card. Both AMD and Nvidia cards are supported; there's a compatibility list on QNAP's website, and bear in mind that some cards will require that 450W PSU option.

Along with the eight 3.5in and four 2.5in drive bays there are a pair of integrated M.2 SATA slots supporting 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110 form factor SSDs for caching duties should that be needed. You also get four Gigabit Ethernet ports and three HDMI ports.

Physical Specifications
Processor: Intel Core i7-7700 quad-core, 3.6GHz
Memory: 64GB DDR4-2133MHz
PCIe: 3 x Gen3; 1 x8,  2 x4
Gigabit Ethernet Ports: 4
Rear panel connectors: 4 x USB 3.0, 3 x HDMI, 2 x 6.3mm mic in, 1 x 3.5mm line out, console port
Front panel connectors: 1 x USB 3.0
RAID support: JBOD, RAID 0,1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60
Cooling: Active; 3 x 8cm chassis cooling, 1 x 9cm CPU cooling
Drive Bays Supported: 12; 8x 3.5in 4 x 2.5in
Maximum hard drive size supported: 3.5in 12TB
Maximum Capacity: 96TB (8 drive bays)
Internal File System support: EXT4
Dimensions (D x W x H): 319.8 x 369.9 x 234.6 mm.
Weight: 11.34kg.

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