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QNAP TVS-682 (Core i3-6100) 4+2 Bay Turbo vNAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Sep 20, 2016 4:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 83%Manufacturer: QNAP

Power Consumption

 

To test power consumption of the NAS appliance, I deploy a rather simple Kill-A-Watt device between the receptacle and NAS. I then monitor power usage of several minutes in each stage to get an idea where the NAS lands.

 

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The TVS-682 is a unique solution because of its tiered storage. In power testing, I loaded the four 3.5" bays with our Toshiba drives we normally use for testing and slapped two 2.5" SSDs in the 2.5" trays. At idle with all Ethernet cables removed, the NAS used 24 watts, while spinning up those same drives peaked at 131 watts. Normal operation hovered around 57 watts.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

It has been a long time, nearly a year, since I last got my hands-on a QNAP appliance. I found coming back to using a QNAP device to be a refreshing experience, as it's often good to not get too comfortable with any single platform. The TVS-682 is a solid platform to reintroduce me to QNAP as it has quite a few good things going for it.

 

Build quality is just as good as it always has been with QNAP, with a full metal enclosure and built-in power supply. Adding to this, QNAP went all in using Intel's Skylake platform as a base for this unit. That geared this device towards businesses that have the ability or want to take advantage of tiered storage through the four 3.5" bays with high capacity mechanical drives, the 2.5" bays with SATA SSDs, and the m.2 slots. Unfortunately, the m.2 slots only support SATA m.2 drives, making them pretty useless for tiered storage, unless you just want to save space.

 

 

The performance of this appliance was quite good across all testing starting with Single Client with NASPT in each RAID array I was able to reach 114 MB/s for playback. File copy was a bit different. In RAID 0, I peaked out at 80 MB/s from the NAS and 110 MB/s to the NAS. Workload testing showed a good bit of performance to a point for the database workload, while Web Server and Workstation were the next in line. When looking at Windows networking, read and writes this NAS performed great with RAID 0 and 5.

 

With all of the above out of the way, I am a bit torn with this NAS. I love that QNAP deployed an Intel Skylake platform with a ton of connectivity options, and the QNAP QTS OS is one of the best on the market next to Synology DSM. However, with QNAP pushing this for tiering, I don't know why they cut corners on the m.2 connectivity and at an expensive MSRP of $1299.99, it's a deal breaker for me.

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance87%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging80%
Value for Money70%
Overall TweakTown Rating83%

The Bottom Line: QNAP's TVS-682 NAS is a well-built appliance that offers connectivity options unequaled, and if you can overlook the subpar m.2 connectivity, it's probably one of the top offerings in the market, but it will cost you.

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