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QNAP TS-1685 Review

QNAP TS-1685 desktop form factor NAS server designed to close the gap between SMB and Enterprise, clearly aimed at the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) customers.  Cleary the hardware and software features leads you to believe QNAP has aimed this squarely to be a complete business-ready storage and disaster recovery solution, and a lot more. This is a total NAS for professional home and business users, it has what it takes for being the NAS we have all being waiting for, or is it?

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Memory, Drives and Design aspects

The QNAP TS-1685 processor options are a plenty and a section for this is provided. The initial system comes with 16GB of RAM and is upgradeable up to a maximum 128GB (using DDR4 32GB RDIMM x 4) the type of ram used can be either RDIMM or UDIMM, with mixing not allowable. We also recommend to use the QNAP provided memory for upgrades, whilst third party memory can be used we recommend extreme caution for the sake of compatibility and reliability. Memory inconsistences can create havoc beyond our imagination and the possibility for loss of data is just one of the negative impacts.

The 16 bays are divided into 12bays for both 3.5” and 2.5” drives and the 4bays are dedicated 2.5” drive bays for SSD’s or SATA 2.5” the latter seems rather pointless and so the best option is to use them for SSD’s. The option for having dedicated SSD’s bays is great, the pricing of which have taken a huge dive and become more and more affordable every day.  The performance and reliability of SSD’s outweigh any pricing arguments!

Esthetically, the QNAP TS-1685 is designed well with drives bays positioned just right and the LED lights all in a sensible position to take advantage of interrogating system progress and status without undue hindrance. Quality of build is excellent and feel of solidity does infuse confidence with the drive trays using high quality material and not flimsy plastic as with many of QNAP’s competitors, well thought out and designed.

Expandability and Specification Options

The current 12 bays can be loaded with 10TB drives thus allowing a gross capacity of 120TB and the 2.5” with SSD will allow around 4TB (currently) per drive yielding a total of 16TB of pure blissful flash storage, the performance of which is astonishing. So, the 120TB and 16TB Flash at current pricing may set you back around $12,000.00 quite reasonable when you consider what you get for it. The specification model combos offered are good allowing customers to buy now and grow later or address their current needs now without concern for the future by shooting for top.

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TS-1685-D1521-16G/TS-1685-D1521-32G/TS-1685-D1521-32G-550W: models are designed with Intel® Xeon® Processor D-1521, 4-core 2.4 GHz – memory installed 16GB non-ECC RAM (8GB UDIMM x 2) and both 32GB models have the non-ECC RAM (16GB UDIMM x 2) respectively

 

TS-1685-D1531-32G/TS-1685-D1531-64G/TS-1685-D1531-64GR/TS-1685-D1531-128GR/TS-1685-D1531-64GR-550W/TS-1685-D1531-128GR-550W: Models are designed with Intel® Xeon® Processor D-1531, 6-core 2.2 GHz processors as for the DDR4 memory installed modules are in the following configuration:

TS-1685-D1531-32G: 32GB non-ECC RAM (16GB UDIMM x 2)
TS-1685-D1531-64G: 64GB non-ECC RAM (16GB UDIMM x 4)
TS-1685-D1531-64GR: 64GB ECC RAM (16GB RDIMM x 4)
TS-1685-D1531-128GR: 128GB ECC RAM (32GB RDIMM x 4)
TS-1685-D1531-64GR-550W: 64GB ECC RAM (16GB RDIMM x 4)
TS-1685-D1531-128GR-550W: 128GB ECC RAM (32GB RDIMM x 4)

QNAP informs us Power Supply is upgradable as is the memory but not the CPU, so basically make sure what you buy has the CPU you need, as no manufacturer options for changes are offered.

The inclusion of six M.2 slots with 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110 form factors should provide the greatest flexibility in tiered storage configuration and enable cache acceleration, often this feature improves performance and optimizes data transfers.

As far as connectivity is concerned the TS-1685 is impressive and with 4 x Gigabit Ethernet ports its more than adequate for service binding, port trucking and MPIO functionalities. 2 x built-in 10GBASE-T network ports, allowing for increased bandwidth supporting 10GbE high-speed networks for iSCSI/NFS/CIFS data transmission, it doesn’t end there what is even more useful is the inclusion of 3 x PCIe expansion slots which are designated as Two PCIe Gen3 x8 slots and one PCIe Gen2 x4 slot. Supports 10GbE/ 40GbE adapters, PCIe NVMe SSD, external graphics cards, and USB 3.1 expansion cards, quite an impressive array of connectivity features found in a single NAS server, we did say this was somewhat a unique NAS server. One that will be hard to overlook during the selective process.

The model with the 550W power supplies and RDIMM memory combination should provide cutting edge reliability, performance and longevity.  

The QNAP TS-1685 has a tremendous breadth of features, we have taken just a few of the “must have” features as beginners.

  • NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution
  • Built-in M.2 SATA 6Gb/s slots & 2.5” SSD slots
  • Qtier technology and SSD caching enable 24/7 optimized storage efficiency
  • 10GbE/40GbE-ready, highly-efficient storage solution for virtualization and intensive data transmission
  • Supports virtualization, containerized apps, centralized storage, backup, sharing, and disaster recovery
  • Q’center for centrally managing all your NAS devices, and QRM+ as a centralized management solution for networked computing devices
  • Qfiling enabling automated file organization, Qsirch full-text search engine, and QmailAgent for centralized email management
  • Scalable up to 56 drive capacity with QNAP expansion enclosures

 

Conclusion

The TS-1685 typifies QNAP’s stronghold in this arena and clearly has blown away the competition with this NAS. The quality build, the performance and features top out for any other NAS we have tested before, with the features and specification on offer the price becomes a no brainer as should be the choice to buy one.  I have this model earmarked for my next NAS server. Get one before they change their mind.

9.5 Total Score
All New QNAP TS-1685!

The TS-1685 typifies QNAP’s stronghold in this arena and clearly has blown away the competition with this NAS. The quality build, the performance and features top out for any other NAS we have tested before, with the features and specification on offer the price becomes a no brainer as should be the choice to buy one. I have this model earmarked for my next NAS server. Get one before they change their mind.

Performance
9.7
Features
10
Build Quality
9.5
Usability
9
Value
9.5
PROS
  • Great Performance
  • Impressive Features
  • Quality Build
  • Value for Money
CONS
  • Like to see a Rackmount version
User Rating: 4.84 (4 votes)

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