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QNAP TVS-863+ NAS Review

Once the lid is removed, QNAP reveals everything that makes the TVS-863+ special. If you didn’t notice on the previous page, there is no security tape preventing you from accessing your NAS. In fact, upgrading the RAM couldn’t be easier. Remove six screws, lift lid, insert memory.

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From the factory, QNAP ships this NAS with ADATA RAM. Thankfully, finding compatible RAM is much easier here than with other brands. The ADATA SoDimms found here are ADDS1600W8G11-BMIE. These are 8GB PC3-12800 SoDimms rocking just 1.35V, CL11, and 1600MHz. Additional modules can be found for somewhere in the neighborhood of $130.00 USD.

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The PSU powering the TVS-863+ is none other than a DELTA ELECTRONICS DPS-250AB-44 D. This 250Watt PSU is 80+ Compliant and measures just 40mm x 80mm x 150mm.

  • Max Combined Power on +5V & +3.3V is 60W
  • Max Combined Power on +5V & +3.3V & +12V is 240W

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Keeping things cool is a pair of Y.S.Tech FD121225LB 120mm cooling fans. These fans are capable of moving 73CFM at 34.0 dB(A). The fans spin at 1800RPM have a max static pressure of 2.6 mm-H2O and use just 2.16W each.

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These fans are not only used to pull cool air through the NAS for the HDDs, they are also used to pull air past the passively cooled AMD G-Series Quad-Core Processor.

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Powering the NAS’s Ethernet Connectivity are a pair of Intel WGI210AT (Commercial Temperature Range) controllers. These are the same Ethernet Controllers we found on the TS-451.

Key Features:

  • IEEE* 802.1Qav Audio-Video Bridging (AVB) for customers requiring tightly controlled media stream synchronization, buffering and reservation
  • Hardware-based time stamping of IEEE 1588 and 802.1AS packets enabling high-precision time synchronization over Ethernet
  • Innovative power management features including Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and DMA Coalescing for increased efficiency and reduced power consumption
  • Available in Industrial Temperature: -40 °C to 85 °C. Extended lifecycle support protects system investment by providing seven-year manufacturing availability for customers
  • Ideal for Embedded applications such as Industrial Automation, In-Vehicle Infotainment, Medical, Print Imaging, Telecommunications Infrastructure, Military
  • Extended management support including MCTP, NC-SI or SMBus interfaces supporting IPMI passthrough and OS2BMC
  • Low-Halogen1, high-performance, low-power, small package, PCI Express* 10/100/1000 Ethernet Connection with multiple interface options
  • MDI (Copper) standard IEEE 802.3 Ethernet interface for 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T connections (IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab)
  • The Intel® Ethernet Controller I210-IS supports a SERDES interface for 1000BASE-SX/LX fiber connections as well as a SGMII interface for SFP and external PHY connections
  • PCI Express* v 2.1 with 2.5 GT/s Support for x1 link width

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Just behind the dual HDMI we find an asmedia ASM1074 for USB 3.0. This USB hub (not controller) adheres to the USB 3.0 Revision. It features One Upstream Port support SuperSpeed, High-Speed and Full-Speed Connections and Four Downstream Ports support SuperSpeed, High-Speed, Full-Speed and Low-Speed Connections

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Additionally we find a Fintek F71869AD Super I/O + Hardware Monitor. “The F71869A integrates with hardware monitor, 9 sets of voltage sensor, 3 sets of creative auto-controlling fans and 3 temperature sensor pins for the accurate dual current type temperature measurement for CPU thermal diode or external transistors” – credit http://pdf1.alldatasheet.com/datasheet-pdf/view/459074/FINTEK/F71869AD.html

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Now, one of the thing that sets the TVS-863+ apart from the plain Jane 863 is the addition of the 10GbE expansion card. The installed card is a $220.00 USD expansion card offered by QNAP with the following notice:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The 10GbE network expansion card can be used with QNAP NAS only. Do not try to install the card in other system such as computer or server.

The card looks eerily similar to one produced by Tehuti Networks, the TN9210. Either way, they are both powered by Tehuti Networks 3rd Generation TN4010 controller. This controller is designed for low-power, low-cost, single port connectivity. The MAC is paired with a Marvel Alaska 88×3110 transceiver (10 Gigabit Ethernet PHY).

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. External Features
  3. Internal Features
  4. System Setup
  5. Administration
  6. Administration (Continued)
  7. Administration (Continued)
  8. QNAP App Center
  9. Benchmarking: Transcoding
  10. Benchmarking: Avatar Benchmark
  11. Benchmarking: MP3 Transfer Benchmark
  12. Benchmarking: 2GB Transfer Benchmark
  13. Benchmarking: Intel NASPT
  14. Benchmarking: IOMeter
  15. Benchmarking: CrystalDiskMark
  16. Final Thoughts

About Joe DiFiglia

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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