The QNAP TS-h1290FX is a new AMD EPYC-powered NAS. While EPYC has been used in NASes before, QNAP is doing something different. It is powering a high-performance desktop tower NAS with EPYC giving it massive amounts of connectivity. The new NAS is finally out after its CES 2022 announcement.
QNAP TS-h1290FX AMD EPYC 25GbE SSD NAS
The QNAP TS-h1290FX uses twelve PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD bays. One can utilize SATA as well, but if you are buying this unit, you likely will want to go NVMe. Being based on the AMD EPYC “Rome” generation means that the system can handle these 12x PCIe Gen4 lanes with a single CPU and have room for more expansion. One can also run QuTS Hero ZFS on this system.
The rear of the unit has a few cool features as well. The lower-speed networking is 2.5GbE, not 1GbE. QNAP also has two 25GbE SFP28 ports along with two USB 3 ports. The four PCIe slots are not just low-speed affairs. There are three PCIe Gen4 x16 slots and one x8 slot giving the unit the ability to add 100GbE or other networking and storage options. If you look at the cover image to this system above, the right side has the motherboard layout with the EPYC CPU and the PCIe slots.
The models are 8 and 16 core AMD EPYC 7002 series “Rome” CPUs. QNAP is using the “P” series parts for the lower cost. Also, the systems have 8x DDR4 DIMM slots so the systems can take up to 1TB of memory using 128GB DIMMs. The stock configurations are:
- TS-h1290FX-7302P-256G: AMD EPYC 7302P 16C/ 32T, 256GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM
- TS-h1290FX-7302P-128G: AMD EPYC 7302P 16C/ 32T, 128GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM
- TS-h1290FX-7232P-64G: AMD EPYC™ 7232P 8C/16T, 64 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM
That is a fairly impressive set of specifications for the unit.
This is clearly not going to be an inexpensive NAS answering one of the questions we are bound to get. With the EPYC platforms and all of the onboard devices, plus the additional cost for QNAP’s software and warranty, and so forth. At the same time, for those that want a high-speed NAS without the hassle of assembling one themselves, this appears to be a great option.
Realistically, using ZFS as a base with that solid underpinning, QNAP is reaching beyond just Synology but into higher levels of the SMB space, especially for video production. The gap between QNAP and Synology feels as though it is widening even more.
Perhaps this is one we should review.