QNAP TVS-1282 NAS Server

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

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Tear Down

This simply would not be a proper review if we didn’t take things apart. So now its time to do a tear down on the TVS-1282-i5-16G-450W.

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The cover is easy to pull off, and can easily be done by removing the 5-6 screws off of the back of the system. pulling the cover exposes the mainboard which is located on the right hand side of the QNAP system if your looking at the front. You see the CPU cooler, and a fan essentially, nothing else to see right now.

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Removing the FAN you can see memory modules, and the M.2 SATA ports.

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You can see the M.2 SATA ports a bit better. I have not tried this out yet, but I am unsure if you can throw some NVMe/AHCI M.2 SATA drives into this to get much better IOPS/throughput or not. From the looks of their website it appears these maybe locked down to M.2 SATA, and do not operate as a PCI Express slot. As you can see from these pictures this TVS-1282-i5-16G-450W supports 2 x M.2 2242/2260/2280/22110 M.2 cards. So you do have the possibility of getting into the 1TB mark with these.

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Memory is Transcend memory. 8GB 2Rx8 DDR4 2133 U. The TVS-1282 allows for up to 64GB of memory (16GB x 4 sticks)

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This was one of the most important things possible, When I spoke to QNAP support, they said that the CPU was soldered onto the mainboard, but after removing the heat sink, I was very surprised to see an actual SOCKET… This means you can start with the i5, and upgrade to the i7-6700 later on.

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This is where you can put a GPU in, and QNAP supports a few different options from the Radeon R7-240, to the Radeon RX-480. We will go into this a bit later on why you would want a graphics card in your NAS.

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Here are the GPU PCIe 8-Pin, and 6-Pin adapters.

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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

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

    • 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.

      Thanks,

      • 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.

          Thanks,

          Michael

  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.

    Thanks;
    -Rob

    • 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.

      Thanks,

      Michael

  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.

      Thanks,

      Michael

  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.

      Thanks,

  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.

      Thanks,

  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.

    Thanks

    • 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.

      Thanks,

      Michael

  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,
    Boris

    • 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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