QNAP TVS-675: 2.5 GbE NAS with Chinese Zhaoxin processor

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QNAP TVS-675: 2.5 GbE NAS with Chinese Zhaoxin processor

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QNAP is introducing a new NAS system that draws attention primarily through the choice of CPU: It comes from the Chinese manufacturer Zhaoxin, a VIA joint venture. The KaiXian CPU announced in 2018 actually went on sale in mid-2020 and was even included in HP’s offer.

The QNAP TVS-675 offers space for up to six 3.5-inch drives and relies on the Zhaoxin processor KaiXian KX-U6580 with eight cores at 2.5 GHz, which is based on the x86 architecture and the AES NI supports for faster data encryption. The processor’s performance is comparable to that of an Intel Atom processor, which is also often used in NAS systems.

The processor is supported by 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM, which can be expanded to up to 64 gigabytes with two 32 GB modules if required. Two M.2 2280 slots for NVMe SSDs can be used for cache acceleration. For fast data transfer, the NAS relies on two RJ45 network connections with 2.5 Gbit / s and offers two PCIe Gen3 x4 slots for expansion cards, which can be used to retrofit around 10 GbE or additional M.2 slots. The two existing network connections can be bundled so that they can theoretically deliver a gross data rate of 5 Gbit / s. External storage media can be connected via two USB 3.2 Gen2 and two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports with 10 or 5 Gbit / s.

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    HDMI output for virtual machines

    An HDMI 2.0 output enables image output up to UHD resolution at 60 Hz. This image output can also be used for virtual machines that can be operated on the QNAP TVS-675. Despite the exotic CPU, thanks to the x86 architecture, the applications available via the QNAP app center are also supported on the NAS, so that it can also be used as a cloud storage gateway or to set up a video surveillance system, for example.

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    QTS or QuTS

    TVS-675 users can switch the operating system from QTS to QuTS hero. The latter is QNAP’s ZFS-based NAS operating system that offers features like data integrity and data reduction (inline data deduplication, compression, and compression) that prioritize data reliability over performance.

    From 1,155 euros in stores

    The QNAP TVS-675 is available now and is already extensively listed in stores, it costs at least 1,155 euros, and is available from 1,200 euros. The recommended retail price is 999 euros plus VAT.

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