Network attached storage (NAS)

QNAP TVS-673e-8G Review

Good
Better value than the TVS-673
Good NAS performance
High expansion potential
Great multimedia features
EXT4 snapshot support

Bad
CPU wilts under heavy IP SAN pressure

Qnap’s latest TVS-x73e family of NAS appliances are designed to offer a more economical option to the TVS-x73 products. They come with smaller amounts of starter memory and a few other components removed that some businesses may not want to pay for.

The TVS-673e uses the same embedded 2.1GHz AMD RX-421BD SoC (system on chip). Multimedia is still a priority as this quad-core chip also has an embedded Radeon R7 GPU.

Video is piped out to a pair of 4K HDMI outputs at the rear and the appliance also has a weedy little internal speaker, a 3.5mm audio-out socket and two 3.5mm audio-in microphone jacks. The appliance has quad embedded Gigabit ports and dispensing with the USB 3.1 card means both PCI-Express slots are free for future upgrades.

Everything else is easily accessible with the four SO-DIMM memory slots sitting comfortably on the side-mounted motherboard. Beneath these are dual M.2 SATA SSD slots that accept 2280/2260 modules (but not the longer 110mm cards) that can be teamed up with Qnap’s Qtier feature.

External expansion is impressive as the TVS-673e can handle two UX-500P or UX-800P USB desktop units. Add Qnap’s dual-port SAS adapter card and you can attach up to four 10-bay REXP-1000 Pro enclosures.

QNAP TVS-673e Specifications
Processor: AMD R-Series RX-421BD quad-core 2.1 GHz (Turbo Core up to 3.4).
Memory: 8GB DDR4-2400 dual-channel
Gigabit Ethernet Ports: 4.
Rear panel connectors: 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 2 x HDMI 1.4b, 3 x audio.
Front panel connectors: 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x USB QuickAccess port (USB Micro-B).
RAID support: JBOD, 0,1,5,6,10,50.
Cooling: Active – 1 x 60mm CPU, 2 x 90mm system.
Drive Bays Supported: 6.
Maximum hard drive size supported: 12TB
Maximum Capacity: 72TB.
M.2 slot(s): 2 x SATA (2260/2280 formats).
PCIe slot(s): 2 x PCIe 3.0 x4.
Internal File System support: EXT4
Dimensions (D x W x H): 279.6 x 264.3 x 188.2 mm.
Weight: 5.63kg.

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