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QNAP TVS-673e-8G 6-bay NAS Review

QNAP are on a roll at the moment producing a number of feature rich, powerful performing NAS using a variety of processors from both Intel and AMD aimed at the SMB market segment. The TVS-673e is yet another to add to the list, a very capable and expandable 6-bay NAS.


At the heart of the TVS-673e-8G lies a AMD R-Series RX-421BD quad-core 2.1 GHz (Turbo Core up to 3.4)  SOC backed by 8GB of DDR4 memory. The TVS-673e comes in two memory options, 4GB and 8GB although the maximum amount of memory supported by the motherboard via four SODIMM slots is 64GB, so there’s options if you feel you need a bit more grunt in the memory department.

QNAP have added a degree of futureproofing to the TVS-673e-8G in the form of a pair of M.2 SATA SSD ports and a pair of PCIe 3.0 x4 slots. The former gives support to SSD data caching should need arise and the latter gives the ability to add faster networking speeds via an ad-in card.

Should you need even more storage space than the six 3.5in drive bays (supporting up to 12TB drives) provide then you can add expansion units via QNAP’s Expansion Enclosures. You connect up to two UX-800P (8-bay) or UX-500P (5-bay) units or up to four REXP-1000 Pro expansion enclosures. The REXP-1000 Pro is a 10-bay expansion unit supporting 3.5in SAS/SATA or 2.5in SAS/SATA, SSD drives and only has only mini-SAS ports – so you’ll need to add a 12Gb/s SAS expansion card to the TVS-673e to be able to use it.

QNAP’s QTS is a graphically rich and powerful NAS OS for business and home users alike. Easy and quick to install, QTS is frequently updated to add even more features and to further enhance existing ones. On the whole, the TVS-673e-8G is a extremely capable NAS.

We found the QNAP TVS-673e on Span.con for £1,106.40 (inc VAT) HERE

Pros

  • Overall performance.
  • Snapshot support.
  • Expandability options for both networking and capacity.

Cons

  • Having to remove the PSU to fit cards in the PCIe slots.
  • No key locks on drive bay doors.

KitGuru says: The TVS-673e is an excellent NAS for the SMB office environment and for the home user too. Powerful with options to expand capacity as well as networking speed to keep up with the needs of an expanding business.

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Rating: 8.0.

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