QNAP TVS-673 High-Performance Business NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2017-03-09

TVS-673 Turbo vNAS from QNAP is a very complex product for handling various tasks, while its hardware based on AMD is upgradeable in terms of RAM and expansion cards. While the model we have tested runs with 8GB of RAM, there are also two other models available, one with 16GB, but also one with no less than 64GB of DDR4, for running even more application modules and virtual machines at once. The AMD R-Series RX-421BD Quad-Core SoC runs at a base speed of 2.1GHz, while in burst it can climb up to 3.4GHz; it does also feature an embedded Radeon R7 Graphics Processor which drives the two HDMI orts in the back.

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Product Features Part I

AMD R-Series quad-core APU, up to 64GB RAM, and hardware-accelerated encryption with AES-NI


The TVS-673 is equipped with a next-gen AMD R-Series RX-421BD quad-core 2.1 GHz APU (burst up to 3.4 GHz), dual channel 8GB/16GB/64GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable to 64GB), and four Gigabit LAN ports for lightning-fast multi-tasking with low power consumption and is capable of delivering up to 1,172 MB/s throughout with a 10GbE configuration. The TVS-673’s hardware-accelerated encryption engine with AES-NI provides unmatched encryption performance in its class (up to 483 MB/s with AES 256- bit full NAS volume encryption) to boost system performance, security, and ensuring the safety of sensitive business data stored in the NAS.


Top-class hardware engineering


The sturdy and feature-packed hardware of the TVS-673 bolsters overall system performance. Coupled with the flexible and expandable architecture, the TVS-673 can fulfill diversified application needs.


1. M.2 SSD LED

Shows M.2 SSD status and data access.

2. Infrared receiver

Works with the bundled remote control (RM-IR004) to play media files.

3. LCD display

Provides quick system information for easier system management.

4. 2 x PCIe Gen.3 expansion slots

PCIe Gen.3 x4; supports a dual-port 10GbE LAN card and USB 3.1 expansion card.

5. USB QuickAccess port

Plug-and-use; connect to a computer via USB to complete the first-time installation and access files on the NAS without requiring network connectivity.

6. USB one-touch-copy

Press the “Copy” button to instantly back up data from external drives to the NAS, or alternatively to back up data from the NAS to external drives.

7. Up to 64GB DDR4 RAM

Supports four DDR4 SODIMM memory modules; comes preinstalled with 8GB/16GB/64GB RAM.

8. 2 x built-in M.2 SSD slots

Supports SATA 6Gb/s M.2 SSD with 2260 and 2280 form factors; allows the greatest flexibility in tiered storage configuration and enables cache acceleration.

9. Compartmentalized smart cooling

Separately detects the CPU and hard drive temperatures to dynamically control fan speed for quieter operations.

10. AMD R-Series Embedded x86 APU

Quad-core RX-421BD 2.1 GHz SoC (35W), 3.4 GHz boost; supports Radeon™ R7 GPU, 4K video decoding and encoding acceleration, and AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption engine.

11. 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A ports

Up to 10Gb/s data transfer; backward compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices.

12. 2 x 3.5 mm microphone jacks

Supports two dynamic microphones.

13. 2 x 4K HDMI outputs

HDMI 1.4b for displaying up to 3840 x 2160; supports duplicated and extended desktop options.

14. 3.5 mm audio jack

Connect speakers or headphones for direct audio output from the NAS.

15. 4 x Gigabit Ethernet ports

Allows optimized network traffic distribution for diverse applications.

16. Built-in speaker

Supports direct audio output and provides verbal system warnings.


Flexible 10GbE network expandability


The TVS-673 features two PCIe (Gen.3 x4) slots, one preinstalled with a USB 3.1 Type-A dual-port card, and the other allows for installing an optional dual-port 10GbE (10GBASE-T or SFP+) network card. This allows for greater flexibility in setting up 10GbE environments for high-performance virtualization and backup tasks.


USB 3.1 (10Gbps) connectivity


USB 3.1 provides faster maximum speeds of 10Gb/s – double that of USB 3.0 – to greatly boost data transfer performance. The TVS-673 comes with a USB 3.1 Type-A dual-port card for connecting up to two USB devices, allowing compatibility with newer, faster USB devices for transferring large-sized media files.


M.2 SSD & 2.5” SSD cache with Qtier optimization


The TVS-673 supports 2.5” SSD for caching to increase IOPS performance, and provides higher transfer speeds and reliability with additional two M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. Using an SSD cache boosts overall system performance, and is perfect for improving the overall workflow of random IOPS demanding applications such as virtualization. The TVS-673 combines M.2 SSD, SATA SSD and high-capacity HDD in one box to effectively realize tiered storage for exceptional application performance and lower TCO of storage at the same time.


Easy installation and direct access to files with USB QuickAccess


With its innovative USB QuickAccess port, the TVS-673 eliminates the complications of first-time NAS installation and provides easy direct access to files stored on the TVS-673 - all without needing network connectivity. Simply use a USB 3.0 A – Micro B cable or a USB 2.0 A – Micro B cable** to connect the TVS-673 to a PC or Mac device, and use Qfinder Pro* to configure it. It is just that easy. You can also assign access rights to users for different folders to prevent unauthorized access to important files.


QTS 4.3 – The most intelligent and intuitive NAS operating system


The TVS-673 natively supports the new 64-bit QTS 4.3 operating system. QTS 4.3 provides more intelligent features to enhance management efficiency, including the intelligent Qtier™ 2.0 that learns from NAS usage, analyzes system performance and peak usage hours to process auto tiering; Qfiling that helps categorize files and performs based on schedules to make organizing files automatic and efficient, and much more. With its intuitive and simplified user interface, QTS features an intelligent desktop allows you to find desired functions quickly, create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, and open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently, bringing greater working efficiency. QTS breaks the barriers of devices, platforms, and geography to bring optimized cloud experiences and incorporates advanced features.

Superior 4K video transcoding and display


The TVS-673 features AMD 3rd Gen GCN architecture with breakthrough GPU performance to support 4K H.264 video decoding* and stunning 4K UHD display. It delivers superior real-time 4K and 1080p video transcoding** to convert videos to universal formats that can be smoothly played on PCs, mobile devices and Smart TVs***. With offline transcoding, even when you can only connect using a low-speed Internet connection, you can still enjoy smooth video playback via File Station, Video Station, and the Qfile mobile app by selecting a pre-rendered lower resolution video. The TVS-673 also allows you to set a dedicated folder for automatic video transcoding.


4K HDMI output with a free remote control for an excellent audiovisual experience


The TVS-673 offers dual HDMI outputs that support “duplicated” or “extended” desktop configurations. You can connect the TVS-673 to a TV or A/V receiver and use the media player in HybridDesk Station (HD Station) with the bundled QNAP remote control to enjoy rich media content and 4K videos with the best audiovisual experience. With the help of the smart remote control learning function, you can pair up to three TV or stereo IR remote controls and program your frequently-used buttons and functions. You can also turn your mobile devices into remote controls by installing the Qremote app.

Cross-platform file sharing, centralized data storage


The TVS-673 supports SMB/CIFS, NFS, and AFP protocols for file sharing across Windows®, Mac®, Linux®/UNIX® networks. Data, logs and ISO images of CDs and DVDs can be centrally stored on the TVS-673. The Windows AD® and LDAP services enable system administrators to configure user permissions by using an existing Windows AD server, LDAP server or built-in LDAP service. The TVS-673 supports SAMBA v4 and can act as a Windows domain controller to manage privilege settings.


Well-rounded backup solutions to secure data


The TVS-673 is a comprehensive centralized backup center for multiple files. You can use QNAP NetBak Replicator to back up files on Windows® (including Outlook® email archiving) to the TVS-673, or use Time Machine® for Mac® data backup. A wide range of third-party backup software such as Acronis® True Image™, Symantec Backup Exec™ and Commvault® are also supported to facilitate system backup and restoration.


Disaster recovery solutions bring peace of mind


Hybrid Backup Sync consolidates backup, restoration and synchronization functions (using RTRR, rsync, FTP, CIFS/SMB) into a single app for easily transferring data to local, remote and cloud storage spaces as a comprehensive data storage and disaster recovery plan. Supported cloud services include Amazon® Glacier, Azure™ Storage, Google Cloud Storage™, Google Drive™, Microsoft® OneDrive® for Business, Dropbox®, Amazon® Drive, Yandex® Disk, Box®, hubiC® and Amazon® S3/OpenStack Swift/WebDAV compatible services. Hybrid Backup Sync supports multi-version backup, flexible job scheduling, file compression to save storage space, and more.


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