QNAP TVS-1282 NAS Server

10 Overall Score
Size: 10/10
Features: 10/10
Upgradability: 10/10

Quiet | Fast | Versatile




I bought this unit from Amazon at a price of about 2500 dollars. Again, replacing my older 8 Drive QNAP system.


Specs of what I said in the first place, are cleanly laid out on the box. I did not mention this, but the unit does come with a remote, if you want to use one of the HDMI ports to do something specific.


Opening up the box, things are packed pretty well. The whole thing was triple boxed. double boxed by QNAP, and another by Amazon, so things arrived very well, and no signed of damage or anything.


Foam removed, and you can see the unit. At the top, we have a bag full of goodies, and you cannot see, but there is a power cable at the other side of the box.


Kind of a horrible picture, But here is 4 cat5 cables, remote, screws for the M.2 port, also appears to have some fine tip screws, some regular screws and some instruction manuals.


Hidden power cable.


Here is a better picture of what comes included. As you can see, 4 Ethernet cables, Remote, Bottom right hand side, are the fine tip screws, and normal screws, and up top, you get the M.2 SATA peg, screws, and some heat sinks to keep M.2 a little cooler.


Removing the unit from the box, you can see the drives, 2.5″ and the 3.5″ drives. The drive locking mechanism is pretty interesting, on the TS-869L there is no locking system at all.


Here you can see it a little better. The top drive is locked, and the bottom drive is unlocked. So you sort of have to flip the switch before you can remove drives, which I think is a pretty cool idea if you just want to stop maybe kids or something from pulling a drive. Especially when you start to put critical critical data on here.


QNAP’s tooless design. It’s honestly a pretty decent design as far as tooless comes. You may not notice this, but you can also install a 2.5″ drive in here as well, so this can double up as a high speed NAS unit for video editing, or other mission critical quick storage.


This is what the SSD caddy looks like.


Back of the unit is nothing really to write home about. This does allow for 2 x 6.2mm MIC in’s, and 1 x 3.5mm Line-out jack. 4 GBe ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 3 HDMI ports, and quite a few slots to grow your NAS if you want 10G connectivity, or 40G connectivity, or want to expand the unit with QNAP’s expander modules.


2 MIC ports, and the Line-out.


3 HDMI Ports here, you will notice they are all labeled. You can also see there is a Reset button. Note on the HDMI ports, you can actually use this thing as a computer. So it allows for a thing called HD Station, which allows for all sorts of features, which I will go into a bit further in this review.


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20 Comments on "QNAP TVS-1282 NAS Server"

  1. Al September 21, 2016 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Fantastic article! You really helped me in deciding to buy this QNAP model. Do you believe that the I3 processor model can also be upgraded to an I7 processor? Once again, thanks for the great information.

    • Michael Wallace September 21, 2016 at 12:15 am - Reply

      Unless they lock down bios, which I highly doubt, and the heat sink is the same size as the one that I showed here, I do not see why it would not work. Goal is to stay within a 65w envelope. I am planning on doing a i7-6700 to help with Plex transcoding. I also went with the lower end i5, because of the 450w power supply, which I wanted to play around with GPGPU in a VM to see if I can do pretty good with Steam streaming. None the less, not regrets with the purchase.

  2. Al September 21, 2016 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Just an oddball question: Do you happen to know who manufactures the mainboard?

    • Michael Wallace September 21, 2016 at 12:28 am - Reply

      It appears to be a very customized board for this specific system.. I do not remember seeing any identifying marks on the mainboard. They probably design, and have a company build these for them.

  3. subzero November 10, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to upgrade the PSU? If so, what dimensions of the PSU should I look for?

    • Michael Wallace November 11, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      I am planning on opening it up to throw a GTX 1080 in there, when I do so, I will see if I can cross reference the PSU to something standard. It would be interesting to see if these are upgradable to the higher wattage power supplies from the none 450w power supply units.


      • Frederic November 28, 2016 at 1:58 am - Reply

        Hi Michael,
        my choice is balancing between TVS-882 with an manual CPU and RAM upgrade and 1282-450 with CPU and RAM upgrade. Iwill set my final choice on last model only if I can add GTX1080 card.
        So please tell me more about your “pilote”.

        If this models were NVMe compatible instead of previous standard M.2-SATA for embedded SSD (M.2), I will definitively buy one of this model and fill it with Samsung 960 PRO.
        Perhaps next gen will do it?

        • Michael Wallace November 28, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

          Hey Frederic,

          It is nice having the 2.5″ bays that you can use for caching or just some SSD storage. I’ve got my volume setup with SSD’s for my Virtual Machines and stuff which is nice to have VM’s running a bit quicker. I am unsure if the 882 came with a larger power supply for a graphics card, but I am sure you can get creative and run external power if needed.

          I will be trying out the GTX1080 here in a few days, and will update the article once I do so with pictures.

          I am with you on the NVMe… These things should have been NVMe compatable for ultimate speed. But honestly if you had the much faster speed of 2GByte/sec or higher, I am not sure you could even use that speed with 10G connectivity as it maxes out @ 1250MByte/sec or so. You really want 40G connectivity to even come close to pushing NVMe.

          QNAP seems to be on the ball with newer technologies. I think some of their enterprise solutions are offering NVMe M.2.



  4. Rob June 22, 2017 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Did you have any luck running the Nvidia Gpu in your QNap NAS? From what I have read, they only say that AMD are supported, but with the crypto coin mining crazy, they are hard to find.


    • Michael Wallace June 22, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Hey Rob,

      It would not accept the GTX 1080. It was just about 1 inch too long. So you will want to stick with some of the shorter length cards.



  5. Joan Lorenzo June 26, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Hi, soon the 1080 Ti mini itx from zotac will be avaliable and is only 21cm long. Will you try it?

    That’s the conf I’m preparing but I want to know if 450W is enough for 1080ti as long as 1080ti uses 250W while 1080 uses 230W.

    • Michael Wallace June 26, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      I will be trying it.



  6. Jens Munk Hansen April 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Did it work out with 1080t???. Considering 1070 at 200w or 1060 at 150w

    • Michael Wallace May 19, 2018 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      I was unable to get a GTX 1080Ti normal length to run in there. I believe that you can get one of the Zotac 1080Ti Minis in there. or a 1060 or such.


  7. Jens Munk Hansen May 17, 2018 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    I currently own the TVS-882T NAS and I have successfully installed an Nvidia GTX-1060 GPU. I very much doubt that the PSU is powerful enough for the 1080 Ti, but you can get a Corsair 600W PSU with the same dimensions as the 450W PSU, which is shipped with the NAS

    • Michael Wallace May 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      You are correct. 1080Ti using 250w of energy will probably not work very well with only a 450w power supply. However, It would be interesting to see if it would work. How much wattage is actually being used to power the system.

      Would be interesting to see how much wattage the system actually uses after powering up all of the hard drives, and everything. Could use an aux power supply just to power the video card as well.


  8. Leyon Palmer May 24, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Hi All,

    I’ve recently come across this article and it’s been great. On the back of this I was recently thinking about upgrading my QNAP TVS-1282T-I5 16GB. So I went ahead and purchased 64GB of DDR 2400 ram which installed absolutely fine and booted as expected.

    I then purchased an I7-7700 processor to replace the existing I5-6500 installed but In doing so, this never seem to allow the QNAP to boot successfully freezing at “Hardware Utilisation”. Having raised an support call with QNAP, they came back with the below reply…

    “Dear Leyon

    Actually, the design of the motherboard is different for I5 and I7 processor. That’s the reason when you replace the I7 processor, NAS fails to boot up.

    Updating of the BIOS cannot fix this issue. This is a design limitation. We will recommend to replace the processor in the NAS. Thanks for understanding.”

    So essentially that would elude to the motherboard of a TVS-1282T-I5 being different from that of a TVS-1282T-I7????

    So my question is, has anyone else here successfully upgrade their QNAP to an I7 without an issue or is this “by design” genuine? It does make you wonder why there would be such a limitation like this… Michael, did you ever get around to upgrading your Nas to the Intel I7 6700??

    Would be great to hear your feedback.


    • Michael Wallace July 4, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      I was able to update my TVS-1282-i5-16G-450W from the i5-6500 to the Core i7-6700k with no issues at all. I haven’t tried past the 6700k, but I did try 7700T and it did not work. I think that it will need a bios upgrade to use the 7xxx series stuff. The Core i7-6700K does work perfectly tho, and does see 4 Cores, 8 Threads.



  9. Boris November 13, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Hi Michael,

    did you experience heat problems going from a 65W CPU to a 91W CPU?

    Kind regards,

    • Michael Wallace November 14, 2018 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      No heat problems that cause any problems.. I am sure temperatures have risen, but not enough to cause problems, or throttling. Also fans are not going crazy high speed. So thats positive.

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