QNAP demonstrated its upcoming 12-bay NAS devices at Computex 2017, including most notably models powered by AMD’s Ryzen processors. The NAS will support HDDs and SSDs in various form-factors and will start at $2,299. In addition, the company is prepping 6-bay and 8-bay NAS featuring AMD’s Ryzen CPUs that will be more affordable.

The QNAP TS-1277 series NASes are powered by AMD’s Ryzen 7 1700 or Ryzen 5 1600 CPUs with eight and six cores respectively, and come with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2400 DRAM. All the systems use four GbE ports to connect to networks and have eight 3.5”/2.5” bays as well as four 2.5” bays for various SATA storage devices. As you'd expect for a NAS, there's a multitude of RAID options available, with the NAS hardware able to tap the large number of drives here for RAID 50/60 operation. In addition, the NASes feature two M.2 slots (up to M.2-22110) for SSDs that can cache frequently used data.

Meanwhile, the TS-1277 has one PCIe 3.0 x8 and two PCIe 3.0 x4 slots, and thus can be upgraded with QNAP's QM2 PCIe cards, which offer options such as 10GbE networking and additional M.2 slots. For those who needs to have access to the TS-1277 from a local PC or to a DAS, the NAS has two USB 3.1 ports (Type-A and Type-C) and five USB 3.0 headers (Type-A). As for power, the TS-1277 is equipped with a 550 W PSU and can handle all kinds of HDDs and SSDs (as long as they are compatible with SATA-6G and do not require management by the host) as well as almost any graphics card in the PCIe 3.0 x8 slot.

The 12-bay TS-1277 NAS will not be the only model based on AMD’s Ryzen CPUs from QNAP. Along the high-end SKU, QNAP will also introduce more affordable solutions featuring six and eight bays: the TS-677 and the TS-877 with 250 W and 450 W PSUs, respectively. As for feature set, all QNAP’s TS-x77 NAS will run the company’s QTS 4.3 OS and will support the same capabilities as other NAS from the manufacturer.

QNAP is the first NAS manufacturer to start using AMD’s Ryzen processors for network area storage. AMD’s CPUs traditionally have strong integer performance, making them a good fit for NAS tasks. Meanwhile, the high core counts of the Ryzen CPUs also enables QNAP to position their TS-1277/TS-877/TS-677 NASes for hosting virtual machines or containerized applications. During a conversation at Computex, QNAP also mentioned that the prices of AMD’s Ryzen processors (relative to its rivals) were also a major factor in their decision to use Ryzen CPUs for NASes.

QNAP TS-1277, TS-877 and TS-677 Specifications
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700
3 GHz/3.7 GHz
20 MB Cache (L2: 4 MB, L3: 16 MB)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
3.2 GHz/3.6 GHz
19 MB Cache (L2: 3 MB, L3: 16 MB)
AMD Ryzen 5 1400
3.2 GHz/3.4 GHz
10 MB Cache (L2: 2 MB, L3: 8 MB)
Encryption Acceleration AES-NI
Memory Speed DDR4-2400, dual-channel
Capacity 64 GB (4×16 GB) 32 GB
(2×16 GB)
16 GB
(2×8 GB)
8 GB
(2×4 GB)
Bays 8 × 3.5"
4 × 2.5"
6 × 3.5"
2 × 2.5"
4 × 3.5"
2 × 2.5"
M.2 Slots 2×M.2 slots (up to M.2-22110)
Storage interface SATA 6 Gbps
Ethernet 4×GbE, 10/40 GbE supported via add-in-cards
PCIe Slots 1 × PCIe 3.0 x8
2 × PCIe 3.0 x4
Audio 2 speakers
1 × audio out
2 × audio in
USB 1 × USB 3.1 Type-A
5 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Type-C
Other I/O Monochrome backlit LCD display with Enter & Select buttons, 3.5 mm console port, voice allert, buzzer, etc.
Dimensions Height 234.6 mm / 9.23" 231.9 mm / 9.13"
Width 369.9 mm / 14.56" 292.8 mm / 11.53" 224.9mm/8.9"
Depth 319.8 mm / 12.59"
PSU 550 W 450 W 250 W
MSRP $3099 $2599 $2299 $2099 $1899 $1649

QNAP plans to start selling its AMD Ryzen-based 12-bay TS-1277 NAS in late July. The top-of-the-range model with a Ryzen 7 1700 and 64 GB of memory will cost $3,099, a slightly cheaper SKU with the same processor, but 32 GB of DDR4 will retail for $2,599, whereas the most affordable configuration powered by AMD’s six-core Ryzen 5 1600 will be available for $2,299.

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  • ken.c - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    Not with that number of drives. Over CPU'd for qty of drives. I guess if they were all flash, you might be ok with that many users.
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    Well, they added 3 PCIe slots for GPUs for transcoding and GPU pass-through for VMs. Using this machine as a combination of NAS and VM host makes a lot more sense with such CPUs.
  • Hurr Durr - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    Neither of listed processors is for server use.
  • kgardas - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    CPU, well is CPU, but running NAS with 64GB RAM without ECC, this is just not for any serious files handling. Multimedia storage would be fine, but then the price is little prohibitive...
  • Samus - Sunday, June 11, 2017 - link

    I wonder if it prohibitively doesn't support ECC, or just doesn't ship with ECC. Ryzen cache, much like all CPU cache, is at least ECC. Alas, the target market for these things doesn't make them prohibitive by lacking ECC. I just don't see why it wouldn't be supported, though.
  • JCB994 - Monday, June 12, 2017 - link

    Home use can use the cpu...granted niche market but transcoding cd-quality audio to high frequency dsd (256 or 512 DSD) takes cpu power and can now do on the NAS...no pc required.
  • Shiitaki - Friday, June 16, 2017 - link

    Yes, a home user could use the power of a Ryzen cpu. I use ESXi and run multiple VMs. One is my pfSense OpenVPN/internet router, the other is a ZFS based system with the SAS card attached using PCI-passthrough. Plex doing transcoding does take CPU, encrypted tunnels take CPU power. I also run other experiments on the box.

    It's nice only having one box. Virtualization/Docker are the biggest things to happen to the NAS market! That is what these are clearly for.

    Wonder how good the software, does it justify the Syn tax?(pun intended)
  • sorten - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    There's clearly something I don't understand about NAS. Why would you need a powerful CPU and 64GB of RAM for a box of hard drives?
  • SpetsnazAntiVIP - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    Plex or virtualization
  • bigboxes - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    Not to mention a lot of users.

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