With the latest Intel Skylake generation of processors we expected NAS vendors to start designing NAS units around the updated platform. The new QNAP TVS-x82 series of NAS units utilize consumer Intel Skylake processors to provide more performance both in terms of CPU as well as GPU performance. QNAP is one of the NAS vendors who builds NAS units designed to accelerate video transcoding with integrated GPUs. With Intel Skylake underpinnings, the new NAS units have a significantly faster CPU and GPU combination for video transcoding work.
The two lines announced are the TVS-x82T line and the TVS-x82 line. The TVS-x82T has built-in Thunderbolt and dual 10GbE networking. For those using Apple PCs and some Windows PCs or 10GbE networks, this is an easy way to get started with NAS units. The TVS-682T and TVS-882T both have two 2.5″ bays with the former having four 3.5″ bays nad the latter having six 2.5″ bays. The TVS-1282T has four 2.5″ bays and eight 3.5″ bays.
The TVS-x82 series utilizes the same 6, 8 and 12 bay chassis but has additional processor options. The other major difference is that instead of Thunderbolt and 10GbE standard, the units have the ability to expand to 10GbE and 40GbE via an expansion slot. This can both lower initial purchase price as well as provider higher-end networking capacity. By the end of 2016, users should consider 10GbE networking as the minimum for NAS units as the price of switches and adapters has gone down and SoC support for high speed networking has gone up. 1GbE storage is slower than most of today’s hard drives let alone SSDs. These NAS units are all capable of saturating a 10GbE link with appropriate drives.
We have not seen these units show up for sale yet, but expect availability soon as they hit channels. The QNAP value proposition includes an awesome software management interface which you can see in our recent review.