QNAP TVS-872N Review

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The top brands are releasing A ton of NAS devices yearly. These companies aim for business and home users who aren’t afraid to shell out their money for a quality-made product. However, it becomes predictable to second-guess what they’ll be releasing next with the trend.

Whether these items change your attitude towards how we utilize our data, or the brand has come up with something new, most brand-new NAS devices are visible from a distance. However, the new TVS-872N series falls in the middle, and you can consider this an alternative of the current NAS device that aims to satisfy the ever-growing demand.

The TVS-872N from QNAP is a product that operates with top-notch quality hardware. It provides comprehensive multimedia features, optimum performance, expandable storage capacities, as well as other NAS functions for added creativity. Today, we’ll be focusing on this NAS device to learn more about it, its pros and cons, as well as how well it performs as a true NAS storage.

QNAP TVS-872N Review – What’s in the Box?

Looking at the retail package we received, it’s generally a simple yet sturdy cardboard box with an image of the NAS in front. QNAP ensured that all essential details about the TVS-872N are available on the box. You’ll find information on its specifications, functions, appearance, as well as the scale of the 8-bay NAS.

As expected from a heavy-duty NAS device, the QNAP TVS-872N comes with a box filled with start-up tools while the unit is nicely packed, keeping it well-protected from damages while in transit.

Aside from the QNAP TVS-872N, other items inside the box include three Gigabit Ethernet cables, a power cord, and two flat head screws – one for the 2.5-inch HDD, while the other is for the 3.5-inch HDD. There are also two M.2 SSD heatsinks and a quick installation guide for the configuration process.

The Product

QNAP TVS-872N Review

The QNAP TVS-872N’s chassis design is noticeably sleek and contemporary. This storage device sports a physical design that will blend perfectly in an office environment. Plus, its setup and form will facilitate direct, as well as proper connectivity for your convenience.

Aside from having a sturdy build, the QNAP TVS-872N also features a collection of unique hardware designs that are worth noting.

On the front part of the QNAP TVS-872N, you will find an LCD panel that provides real-time data about the drive. It comes with a hardware navigation button arrangement that allows you to find data ranging from available IPS to the RAID arrangements, internal temperature, alerts, and more.

Also, integrated into this panel is a collection of LED lights that indicates the RAID access, system status, and network access. It displays individual LED lights for the available internal NVMe bays.

Since the QNAP TVS-872N is an 8-bay NAS drive, each bay can support a SATA 8GB/s SSD. Plus, it can function using a single installed drive, or completely populated one. The drives will take a RAID setup, so the storage is linked to establish large pools of space that can lean towards high performance, capacity, and redundancy.

All the bays on the QNAP TVS-872N have a click-lock mechanism; it also has LEDs to designate health and access. We removed a bay and found the plastic click & load trays that the company’s been featuring for some time. These let you install the 3.5-inch hard drives without using a screwdriver; plus, drives up to 16 Terabytes are supported this way.

For 2.5-inch media, you’ll need to use the included screws to install drives within each tray.

As we mentioned, the QNAP TVS-872N can run with a single media drive, and in a RAID, you can add more whenever necessary. The thing is, you don’t even need to power down the TVS-872N to achieve this since it supports drive hot-swapping to replace or upgrade the RAID drives.

On each side of the QNAP TVS-872N’s chassis, you will see extra ventilation that helps active cooling for both the inside and rear portion of the case. Since this is a NAS device, it only means that the design allows it to stay on for days, weeks, and even for months.

With this NAS, there is a blend of passive heatsink cooling plus active fan-supported temperature management. It is possible to do this via the central controller rear and board which are assisted by the ventilation located in the metal chassis. Likewise, there is extra cooling found at the TVS-872N’s base. It is mainly present to help airflow reach the 8-bay storages despite having the unit switched on for extended periods.

The rear part of QNAP TVS-872N is where you can find the featured ports and those removed from the NAS device. The chassis is identical, but with the 5GBe port alternative and PCIe available, instead of the Thunderbolt 3. What’s good is that there are tons of affordable and customizable scopes present for your budget.

On the rear of the QNAP TVS-872N, two large fans are present which can be manually-controlled. It’s also possible to set these to automatic and decrease or increase RPM to moderate internal temperature.

At the back panel, specifically on the bottom corner, you will see a little speaker that provides real-time alerts and notifications based on the NAS’ behavior. Frequent alerts would be beeping sounds, but you’ll also receive verbal notifications which you can mute if this isn’t your cup of tea.

Alternatively, you can link an external speaker, or utilize a mic-in socket to use a microphone via Linux machine, VM, or HD Station apps like Chrome App extensions.

Product Features

5G 8BASE-T Connectivity Boosts Speed by Five Times

The QNAP TVS-872N features the 8th gen Intel Core i3-8100T 3.1 quad-core processor and comes with an 8-Gigabyte dual-channel DDR4 memory that is expandable to 32 Gigabytes. With that, the NAS can deliver exceptional performance.

With the four-speed 5GBASE-T port, the NAS offers connectivity that is faster than Gigabit Ethernet by five times. Aside from that, it also supports SATA 6Gbps drives and has the AES-NI encryption that delivers high performance while keeping your data’s security. The USB Type-C port allows for transferring large media files from one device to another, which results in better workflow efficiency.

Upgrade to a 5GbE/2.5GbE to Support Wi-Fi 6

With more laptops and access points supporting Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), wireless bandwidth has upgraded to 5GbE/2.5GbE to deliver higher speed rates compared to standard Gigabit connections.

Having the TVS-872N in your network environment enhances your storage and access experience. Also, you can include 5GbE connectivity to your laptop with QNAP’s affordable USB 3.0 to 5GbE and enjoy higher network speeds.

Mobile Viewing and 4K HDMI Output for Outstanding Visual Experience

The TVS-872N comes with an HDMI 2.0 port for 4K 60Hz output with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, which provides better media entertainment with color realism and higher resolution. When you connect the TVS-872N to an HDTV through the HDMI output, you can view multimedia content from your NAS on a bigger screen.

QNAP’s HD Station also lets you directly enjoy multimedia with the use of HD or third-party players such as Plex Home Theater. The advanced Intel UHD Graphics 630 allows for this NAS device to offer top-quality 4K video transcoding. Furthermore, converting videos to universal file formats becomes more straightforward, and you can smoothly play the converted files on different devices.

VJBOD Cloud: Block-Based Cloud Gateway

VJBOD supports the transmission of block-based data and uploads large files and random data to the cloud by block. Only the NAS will transmit LUN or block-based volume changes such as addition, deletion, and modifications. It’s excellent for business-level applications that require transferring large files, databases, videos, and VM volumes.

Cloud Storage Gateways for Low Latency Access to your Cloud Data

The QNAP TVS-872N combines NAS with popular cloud services. With the included cloud storage gateways and the enabled local caching on the NAS, using the cloud for backup, storage, and data recovery will be smooth with the low-latency access. With that, you can enjoy an innovative hybrid cloud experience.

SSD Cache for Improving Random Data Access

SSD caches boost IOPS performance and reduce latency for storage volumes, which is ideal for IOPS-demanding apps and databases to enhance overall workflow.

SSD Caching and Qtier for Performance Benefits

Aside from utilizing 2,5-inch SSDs for caching, you can use two built-in M.2 SSD slots in the QNAP TVS-872N. These slots are where you install the PCIe NVMe SSDs that feature 2280 form factors. You can also include additional M.2 SSDs with a QM2 card and take advantage of QNAP SSD technologies to boost the performance of the NAS.

Qtier Technology

Qtier technology allows for auto-tiering. It’s to help enhance the NAS’ storage efficiency by moving data between M.2 SSDs, high capacity HDDs, and 2.5-inch SSDs automatically, depending on the frequency of data access. Qtier 2.0 features IO-awareness that gives SSD-tiered storage to withstand burst I/O in real-time to maximize the advantage of SSDs.

Install a QM2 Card for SSD Caching and Optimized Performance

With the two PCIe Gen 3 slots, you can install M.2 SSDs using QM2 expansion cards in addition to the integrated M.2 SSDs installed in the M.2 slots. You can set a RAID 5/6 array to attain a higher sequential speed or read-only cache speed that is close to a RAID 10 array’s performance. Moreover, the NAS can do this while keeping a higher storage efficiency.

Deduplicate Data to Save Time and Storage Space

HBS combines backup, restoration, and synchronization in one application, which is the QTS 4.4.1. With that, you can quickly transfer data to remote, local, or cloud storage as a complete data storage and disaster recovery plan. The software features the QuDedup technology that improves backing up multiple versions of the data to the destination storage by deduplicating the files. When you lose your data by accident, HBS can also help you with restoration.

Specifications

The CPU + memory used for the QNAP TVS-872N is the intel Core i3 8100-T 4-core, 3.1 GHz processor with 64-bit architecture and Intel UHD graphics 6308 GB UDIMM DDR-4. It makes use of an AES-NI for its encryption acceleration engine.

There are a total of two SO-DIMM DDR-4 memory slots and 32GB (2 x 16GB) for its maximum expandable memory. You will also find a 4GB flash memory present, with dual-boot OS protection.

The QNAP TVS-872N supports a total of eight 3.5-inch SATA 6GBps hard drive, hot-swappable disks, and backs several disk types available. These include the 3.5-inch hard disk slot, 2.5-inch SATA hard drive, 3.5-inch SATA hard drive, and the 2.5-inch SATA SSD.

There are two M.2 PCIe (2 x 3rd generation) NVMe SSD ports that support the 2280 interface. For the Gigabit Ethernet, there are two RJ-45s and a single RJ-45 for the 5Gigabit Ethernet.

PCIe expansion slots have sixteen PCIe 3rd generation (CPU) for slot 1, and four PCIe 3rd generation (PCH) for slot 2. Available USB ports include one USB 3.0, two Type-C USB 3.1 2nd generation 10Gbps, and two Type-A USB3.1 2nd generation 10GBps.

For its HDMI output, there is a single HDMI 2.0a with the highest resolution, 3840 x 2160 ultra HD @ 60Hz. The source includes two 3.5-millimeter dynamic mic jacks, a 3.5-millimeter line-out jack, and a speaker.

The QNAP consumes 41.47 Watts when idle and 65.03 Watts on access. Its audio level in access is 24.2 dbA while the power supplier is 250 watts, 100 – 240 Volts.

It’s a good thing that QNAP included a two-year warranty for the QNAP TVS-872N at no additional cost. So when it’s necessary, you can always buy a warranty extension to increase your coverage to five years.

Using the Product

After learning all about the QNAP TVS-872N and the software utility for handling the NAS device, let’s see how well it performs.

We tried streaming applications such as Plex Media Server, and the QNAP TVS-872N surprisingly worked excellently. It was not only fast, but it managed to display all the 4K videos without encountering any issue. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the QNAP TVS-872N did not get hot. Its power consumption was lower compared to other NAS devices that we’ve tested.

To conclude, this 8-bay 5GbE-equipped NAS device is all about quality instead of quantity. Although it still has a couple of limits, it delivered higher performance compared to other NAS devices that we’ve tried.

Overall, we’re giving the QNAP TVS-872 two thumbs up for its stable and notable performance.

Software

The QTS 4.4.1 software coordinates the Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS, increasing the support for future generation CPU platforms. Aside from that, it functions by offering a more future-proof and balanced operating environment for QNAP’s NAS.

HB3, the built-in backup solution for the company’s NAS, celebrates more than a million downloads by including the function of duplicating data at the source for enhancing backup storage and speed requirements. Not only that but the ingenious HybridMount delivers a brand new hybrid cloud experience for everyone to enjoy.


Features of the QTS 4.4.1

Alter SAN Environments with a Cost-Efficient Solution

Technically, replacing the Fiber Channel SAN environment is time-consuming and quite expensive. When you utilize a Fiber Channel-ready NAS like the TVS-872N, the current SAN environment can acquire budget-friendly backup or storage solutions

Not only are their NAS devices more affordable than your regular SAN devices, but they also offer a plethora of features for you to use. It is to ensure the efficiency of storage applications. One example is so you can utilize the LUN snapshots to improve disaster recovery planning and data protection.

Install Fiber Channel Connection via the iSCSI & Fiber Channel Application

You’ll be able to conveniently include your NAS to the SAN environment with this feature. Once you install a QNAP Fiber Channel card or Marvell ATTO into the QNAP NAS, you can arrange Fiber Channel Target immediately. Completing the process is possible with the help of the iSCSI and Fiber Channel applications.

Not only that but the Port Binding and LUN Masking also offer extra security for your available data which is great.

The Latest Multimedia Console Combines Popular QTS Multimedia Applications

The Multimedia Console combines all the QTS multimedia apps in a single application, allowing you to have a more relaxed and centralized app management. You can choose a collection of files from each app, as well as set the permission settings for these.

Digital Signature – Trusted Application Installation

The presence of a digital signature guarantees that the application you’re installing comes from a reliable source and is free from tampering. When you install the applications, QTS will search for signatures to ensure that all the apps come from QNAP or QNAP-approved publishers. It is to protect your data and NAS device from getting manipulated by malicious programs.

Simple Transfer of Qtier’s SSD RAID Tier

QTS 4.4.1 allows you to add, change, or even remove your SSDs anytime you need to. This feature enhances the NAS’s auto-tiering efficiency.

Supports Samsung SSD SED or Self-Encrypting Drives

QTS now supports Samsung self-encrypting drives or SED, such as the Samsung 860 and 970 EVO SSD. These drives allow you to take maximum advantage of the SSD’s built-in encryption functions without having to install additional software. Since the TVS-872N supports SED, you also don’t have to use your NAS’ resources to encrypt data for added security.

Surveillance System: QVR Pro

 

The QVR Pro is QNAP’s surveillance system that allows you to organize a dedicated independent storage space on your NAS device for surveillance data. With this solution, you can also take advantage of scalable storage.

QVR Pro makes storage space allocation, camera management, camera live view, and playback simple. If you want to keep track of your surveillance feeds remotely, you can use USB webcams as network cameras. Together with that, you will be using QVR Pro Client’s companion mobile application.

QuMagie: The Ultimate Solution for Photo Sorting and Sharing

QuMagie gives you a new and improved photo management experience. It enables facial recognition, geography tagging, and object identification of images stored in your TVS-872N. With that, it can categorize photos and group similar ones together in the AI albums such as People, Places, and Things. This feature can do these automated tasks with AI deep-learning algorithm. Another handy feature is the integrated timeline scroll, search tool, and customizable folder covers.

Snapshots for Secure Data

Snapshots help keep your data protected by completely recording the status and metadata of your NAS. If you accidentally delete or modify a file, you can utilize your snapshots from the Storage and Snapshots Manager or File Station.

With these, restoring your files to the previous state will be simple. It also reduces the time you spend on backing up and restoring data. For the QNAP TVS-872N, it can store up to 256 snapshots.

Optimized Collaboration

The QNAP TVS-872N stores files and data centrally. It allows for file sharing between Mac, Windows, as well as Linux/UNIX networks. With Qsync, the QNAP NAS utility, you can ensure a high-capacity data center to synchronize files. With that, any data that you upload to the NAS device will be available to other users whose devices are linked.

Conclusion

The QNAP TVS-872N is another NAS device that goes on top of the list of best storage solutions this year. It has the features of high-end Thunderbolt 3 NAS solutions, but it comes at a more affordable price. Hence, it becomes possible and accessible to mid-range users who want to have a quality and efficient NAS device.

Aside from that, it’s well-equipped with the best features like PCIe upgrades that allow for a performance boost. It increased speed and editing or displaying 4K videos in real-time. These features also allow for smooth data transfer, which helps a lot in improving workflow.

If you’re looking for a future-proof NAS system that is affordable yet delivers excellent performance, we highly recommend the QNAP TVS-872N. It’s the ideal unit for business use and media entertainment.

Where to Buy

If you want to have the QNAP TVS-872N, check out the store locator on the company’s official website to see which stores offer this product in your location.

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