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QNAP TS-877 (TS-877-1700-16G) 8-bay NAS Review

The TS-877-1700-16G is a feature rich 8-bay NAS from QNAP. In actual fact, that is a bit of an understatement – saying the TS-877 is feature-rich is a bit like saying the Concorde was a bit quick. The TS-877 has to be one of the most capable and expandable NAS units we’ve seen to date.

Apart from the fact it uses an AMD AMD Ryzen 7 1700 and can support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, there’s also a pair of on-board M.2 SATA SSD slots for cache duties leaving the other two 2.5in bays free to use SSDs in an array to deal with “hot” data. Then there is the little matter of three PCIe slots (1 x PCIe 3.0 x8, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x4) for adding 10GbE network cards, WiFi cards or QNAP’s QM2 card which gives you yet another two M.2 slots to play with.

Depending on which version of the QM2 you choose, it supports M.2 SATA 2280 & 10GbE (QM2-2510G1T), M.2 PCIe 2280 & 10GbE (QM2-2P10G1T), M.2 SATA 2280/22110 no network (QM2-2S) or M.2 PCIe 2280/22110 no network (QM2-2P).

That’s before we even consider that this NAS supports a proper graphics no less. Although the TS-877 features page on the QNAP says the unit supports both AMD and Nvidia cards, the QTS OS only supports Nvidia cards and indeed only Nvidia cards are listed on QNAP compatibility web page.

Should you need even more storage space than the six 3.5in and two 2.5 drive bays 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 TS-877 to be able to use it.

Even with four fans – five if you count the CPU spinner – installed, the TS-877 is pretty quiet out of the box but you can also adjust the fan curve in the QTS OS from quiet operation to maximum cooling.

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 TS-877 is a simply brilliant NAS.

We found the QNAP TS-877 (TS-877-1700-16G) on Span.com for £2,437.20 (inc. VAT) HERE.

Pros

  • AMD Ryzen technology.
  • PCIe x8 slot.
  • Expandability.
  • QTS 4.3 OS.
  • Plenty of features.

Cons

  • The full users guide would be a good addition to the box bundle.
  • No key locks on drive bay doors.
  • Card length limit on the PCIe 3.0 x4 and PCIe 2.0 x4 slots.

KitGuru says: The TS-877 is quite frankly a superb NAS for the SMB user, but also the home user with deeper pockets. It’s a powerful 8-bay NAS offering huge amounts of expandability both in terms of storage capacity and networking capability.

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Rating: 9.0.

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