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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  • Gothmoth - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    no 10Gbase.... isn´t it time?
  • plopke - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    Agreed but
    a) if they ship it in july not sure the upcoming cheap 2.5G-5G-10G would have made it in time b)since we talking about ryzen not threadripper i think it might become quiet cramp on PCIe lanes , so better to let the customer decide 10G addon or graphics.
  • billybeer321 - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    It can support it via add-in cards. The last photo shows dual 10G ports in the upper left.
  • Samus - Sunday, June 11, 2017 - link

    At this price I wouldn't expect 10Gbit after considering everything else. And yeah, I'm implying this thing is cheap. The real sweet spot seems to be the $1899 model unless you actually need raw processing power.

    Synology, your move. It's interesting to watch these NAS's kill off the need for small business servers. I've been phasing out Windows 2008 servers with Synology Diskstations often the $500-$800 rack models. After offloading exchange to the cloud, DSM effectively replaces a server for most business applications unless you need SQL or a proprietary database.

    Of course Windows 2016 Essentials is dirt cheap and offers the same functionality, but it is more complex to manage for small businesses that don't have in-house IT, and after the cost of even an entry level HP ML10v2, a NAS is still cheaper and simpler.

    Once QTS gets up to the simplicity of DSM, they will really be challenging Synology. The features are finally there. I've had good luck turning both QTS 4.0 and DSM 6.0 devices into Domain Controllers and cloud managers, but Synology is still lacking in the SharePoint/Onedrive Business integration.
  • Morawka - Sunday, June 11, 2017 - link

    Until Synology can do VM's with GPU passthrough, or even just VM's in general then it's not even a comparison. Synology's software is great, but they never put enough muscle into their machines. They'd rather sell you arm chips which costs $25 a pop.
  • Samus - Monday, June 12, 2017 - link

    True. Synology NAS's have pretty weak APU performance, but outside of virtualization, it isn't necessary. For the majority of the market, a 1w CPU is more appropriate than a 65w CPU.
  • halcyon - Monday, June 12, 2017 - link

    ... and it is still an unreliable company with near zero support and engineers who recommend you "format the whole.array" as a catch all solution to any problem, regardless of how small.
    Buy Synology, you'll thank me later.
  • ken.c - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    RAID60 on 8 drives (or I guess you could do 12 with a buncha 2.5s and adapters?) seems ...excessive.
  • Notmyusualid - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

  • haukionkannel - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    Big NAS always is...
    I am just thinking how powerful the CPU is... These are for really heavy duty servers! They can handle a hundreds of customers at the same time. Home user will newer use the CPU capacity of these things.

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