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I Love this thing! | QNAP TVS-682 Review

A little while ago, QNAP sent over their TVS-682 NAS for me to review. Now, i say NAS very lightly as this thing is way more like a full blown server than a NAS.

I have been using the QNAP TVS-682 for a while now and feel confident to give you my review.

Big thanks to QNAP for sending this out for review, You guys are AWESOME!

What’s In The Box

In the box you will receive the TVS-682 itself, an AC power cable, 4 CAT-5E cables, an IR remote, screws for both, hard drives and SSDs as well as screws and two heatsinks for two M.2 drives.

Design and Features

The whole body of the QNAP TVS-682 is made from anodized aluminium apart from the front which is made from a matte black plastic, with one small glossy area for the drive indicator lights.

Also on the front is where you will find the 4 3.5” drive sleds and 2 2.5” drive sleds.

Off to the right is the QNAP logo, the power button and the USB 3 fast copy button allowing you quickly copy over the contents of a USB drive.

On the back is where you will find the 2 PCIe expansion bays, two 6.3mm audio in jacks, a 3.5mm audio out jack, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 4 Gigabit ethernet ports, 3 HDMI ports, a kensington lock and power supply. 

PCIe Gen 3 Expansion

PCIe Gen 3 has a bandwidth of 1GB/s per lane which makes the unit support a range of expansion cards like 10GbE Network cards, 40GbE Thunderbolt 3 adapters, PCIe NVMe SSD, discrete graphics cards and USB 3.1 expansion cards.

SSD Caching

With the two 2.5” drive bays at the front, you can set up the TVS-682 to utilize SSD caching to speed up the read/write speeds when transferring files between the NAS and your PC. How SSD caching works is the data that is accessed or ‘hit’ the most is placed into a lower latency drive, the SSD, so that when a request is made for the data it comes directly from the faster drive rather than from the original slower drive.

Memory Support

The QNAP TVS-682 can support up to 64GBz of memory at 2133MH by using 4 dimms of 16GB.

Built in Speakers

The TVS-682 has two built in system speakers which are used to directly play audio and for the system verbal warnings, examples of these are when the system boots up it says “System boot up complete” with a little chime to let you know what is happening, this along with the LED power/status light lets you know what is happening without even logging into QTS.

M.2 Drive Support

Yes, that is correct, this unit supports the use of two M.2 SSDs, but unfortunately not using the NVME standard. You can access these two drive bays by undoing the screws at the back of the unit and opening it up. 

Opening it up will also allow you to upgrade the memory.

Transfer Speeds

Speeds attained while transfer a 1.5GB file

Technical Specs

(From QNAP Website)

  • CPU Intel® Pentium® G4400 dual-core 3.3 GHz processor
  • CPU Architecture 64-bit x86
  • Graphic Processors Intel® HD Graphics 510
  • Floating Point Unit
  • Encryption Engine (AES-NI)
  • Hardware-accelerated Transcoding
  • System Memory 8 GB UDIMM DDR4 (2 x 4GB)
  • Maximum Memory 64 GB (4 x 16GB)
  • Memory Slot 4 x DDR4 Long-DIMM
  • Flash Memory 512MB (DOM for dual OS)
  • Drive Bay 4 x 3.5-inch + 2 x 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s
  • Drive Compatibility 3.5-inch bays:
  • 3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
  • 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
  • 2.5-inch SATA solid state drives
  • 2.5-inch bays:
  • 2.5-inch SATA solid state drives
  • Hot-swappable
  • M.2 SSD Slot 2 x M.2 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA 6Gb/s slots
  • The M.2 SSD is not included as standard.
  • M.2 SSD operations can easily generate excessive heat. It is recommended to install a heatsink (from QNAP or a third-party provider) on the M.2 SSD.
  • SSD Cache Acceleration Support SSD slot 1, 2
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port (RJ45) 4
  • For a list of compatible network adapters, please visit the Compatibility List.
  • For instructions on how to install network adapters, please refer to Chapter 6 of the QNAP NAS Hardware Manual.
  • Jumbo Frame
  • PCIe Slot 2
  • Slot 1: PCIe Gen 3 x16
  • Slot 2: PCIe Gen 3 x4
  • USB 3.0 port 5
  • HDMI Output 3
  • Audio Input 2 x 6.3mm dynamic microphone input jacks
  • Audio Output 2 x built-in speaker, 1 x 3.5mm line out jack (for amplifier or headphone amplifier)
  • Only one of the above audio output ports can work at a time. If a speaker is connected, the sound will output through the speaker.
  • Form Factor Tower
  • LED Indicators System status, 2.5” SSD, M.2 SSD, 3.5” HDD
  • Buttons Power, Reset, USB Auto Copy
  • Dimensions (HxWxD) 231.9 × 224.9 × 319.8 mm
  • Weight (Net) 7.7 kg
  • Weight (Gross) 9.21 kg
  • Operating temperature 0 – 40 °C (32°F – 104°F)
  • Relative Humidity 5~95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C (80.6˚F)
  • Power Supply Unit Input: 100-240V~, 3-1.5A, 60-50Hz; Output: 250W
  • Power Consumption: HDD Sleep Mode 29.51 W
  • Power Consumption: Operating Mode, Typical 45.5 W
  • Fan System: 1 x 8 cm cooling fan
  • CPU: 1 x 9 cm fan
  • Sound Level 20.5 db(A)
  • System Warning Buzzer
  • Kensington Security Slot

QTS

All QNAP NAS’ run on QNAP’s QTS software, a linux based operating system that is easily accessed via your web browser with the IP address.

If you can’t find your IP address, no problem, just use the Q-Finder software and it automatically finds the NAS on your network.

Another thing Q-Finder does is mount your network drives for you, this is a really good feature for NAS newbies who don’t yet know how to properly mount network drives.

One feature of QTS i really like is the option for virtual switches, this makes virtualization and containers so much easier to network. It’s easy to set one up, just go into the network settings and navigate to virtual switches.

In the network settings is where you will also be able to setup port trunking to allow more bandwidth.

The app center is where you will find all the apps you will ever need, One being container station which lets you make application containers instead of a full virtual machine for things like a minecraft server.

Interested in this? Stay tuned for a full guide!

VJBOD Cloud

This is something from the latest version of QTS (4.4.1)VJBOD, which transforms the NAS into a cloud storage gateway, allowing you to mount cloud object storage and create cache space for near LAN-speed access to public cloud storage.

VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) is an exclusive QNAP technology that allows you to expand QNAP NAS storage space using excess storage space from another QNAP NAS. VJBOD helps achieve optimized space utilization among multiple QNAP NAS devices.

To put a bit more simply, Virtual JBOD Cloud allows you to have up to 8 public cloud storage providers to have a backup of your data and the NAS acts as a gateway to those providers.

Media Streaming

Anyone that has ever wanted to organize their media knows of Plex, That being said, Plex runs fantastically on the TVS-682 and transcodes H.264 4K 60 movies with ease.

If you don’t have or want a Plex Pass, there is also QNAP’s MultiMedia Station which has their own media streaming software.

Mobile Apps

QNAP have a range of mobile apps for both Android and IOS, there is quite a lot but in a nutshell, you can have access to all your data and media while on the go.

Conclusion

I Love the QNAP TVS-682, it is such a powerhouse. It performs superbly and has great features.

Buy one from the QNAP website 

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Caleb
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