This is one of those strange announcements at CES. QNAP has a new PCIe Gen4-based NAS that it discussed in its CES 2022 press release, but it does not have a product page for. The QNAP TS-h1290FX is what many are going to dream about when they see it as it is a NVMe NAS with AMD EPYC and 25GbE support.
QNAP TS-h1290FX 12x NVMe AMD EPYC 25GbE NAS
The main attraction is the 12x 2.5″ U.2 drive array. This array QNAP says is PCIe Gen4 based and can also accept SATA SSDs.
The processor options are either AMD EPYC 7232P or AMD EPYC 7302P options meaning that we get either 8 or 16 cores. As a quick reminder, the EPYC 7232P is a quad-memory channel optimized CPU as we covered in AMD EPYC 7002 Rome CPUs with Half Memory Bandwidth.
The models we have seen thus far have 64GB of RAM but we have heard that this system can support up to 1TB of memory configurations. QNAP does not have the specs online, but that is the rumor we have heard.
The rear of this unit continues its intrigue. There are two 2.5GbE ports, something we have seen on other NAS units like the QNAP TVS-h1288X 12-bay NAS we reviewed. The more interesting feature is perhaps the two SFP28 ports giving us dual 25GbE connectivity. Of course, the drives are capable of much higher performance, but there are also PCIe expansion slots.
QNAP also says that one can add things like NVIDIA GPUs and Fibre Channel cards. One can also use the USB ports and add QNAPs USB JBODs for 3.5-inch storage.
We found pricing on a Czech Republic site, and it was over $7500 USD for the AMD EPYC 7232P model with 64GB of RAM. This seems like it is going to be an expensive model, but perhaps as it hits greater availability it will be lower cost. An AMD EPYC 7232P server from a major vendor with 8-24 drive support can often be had for under $2500 so $5000 feels like a big premium for the QNAP software suite.
Still, this is perhaps one of the most interesting NAS units we have seen in a long time. It also makes us wish there was a desktop NAS chassis with a similar form factor.