The QNAP TVS-1282T versus The QNAP TVS-871T Thunderbolt 2 NAS Faceoff – Which is the best


Time for the biggest NAS comparison yet. Thunderbolt 2 NAS 2015 vs Thunderbolt 2 NAS 2016

tvs-871t_optimal_collaboration With regard to general performance, The TVS-871T-i7-16G and likewise the TVS-1282T-i7-32G is made by QNAP NAS. By choosing QNAP people expect to see advanced configurations opportunities as well as innovative and more diverse business applications and in this both of these units deliver by the bucket-load. You are able to customize the TVS-871T and TVS-1282T to your needs in a number of subtle ways ranging from file structure and SSD Cache (with a huge advantage on that score going to the TVS-1282T and it’s tiered storage options) as well as using both units as simultaneous NAS and DAS systems.

The QNAP TVS-1282T-i7-32G 12-Bay (8+4 Bay) Thunderbolt 2 NAS Unboxing and Walkthrough 1 Both units arrive with and support 10GBe network connections (as well as the standard 4x 1GBe ports) as well as supporting their chief selling point, Thunderbolt 2 DAS connectivity, The quiet cooling fan has been used in the construction of the TVS-871T-i7-16G. This is what you want when box is sitting on your work desk. Unlike the TVS-1282T-i7-32G this box has the Quad-core Intel® Core™ i7-4790S 3.2GHz processor. This box has i7 processor. Similarly like i5 it could likely have a “turbo boost” when needed. Another key difference between them is memory, both in terms of what it arrives with and the maximum you can install. The two devices devices differ greatly in memory. The TVS-871T’s 16GB of DDR3 RAM compared with TVS-1282T’s 32GB of DDR4 Memory leaves me fully supporting the hardware in the newer device more.

What about Connections? How do the TVS-1282T and TVS-871T Compare?

tvs-871t_high-accessibility Looking at both Thunderbolt 2 NAS devices and the fact it has only been around a year between them in terms of release, one one be forgiven for assuming that both units would be near enough identical. However that could not be further from the truth. Compare both units and their connections and you realise that a significant amount of development has gone into making the TVS-1282T an all-round powerhouse of NAS. Where as the TVS-871T was an off-shoot of the already popular TVS-871 NAS device, with the same connections as the latter and 2 additional Thunderbolt 2 ports for 20GB/s connectivity, daisy chaining, 4K monitors and all the advantages that are found in these new standards of Thunderbolt NAS (let’s be honest, it’s mostly for the photo and video editors on Macs, but still…). Below we can see the rear of each NAS Server and how they compare.

tvs-871t-thunderbolt-nas-back TVS-871T-i7-16G

Thunderbolt 2 x2

10GBe x2

1GBe x4

USB 3.0 x3

USB 2.0 x2


The QNAP TVS-1282T-i7-32G 12-Bay (8+4 Bay) Thunderbolt 2 NAS Unboxing and Walkthrough 6 TVS-1282T-i7-32G

10GBe x2

1GBe x4

USB 3.0 x5


PCIe Slot x4 (2 taken)

Audio In and Audio Out

Speakers x2

Remote Control

It’s pretty clear that you get more for your money in terms of connectivity with the QNAP TVS-1282T. This doesn’t even include those additional SSD Bays on the front of the 1282T from QNAP. It is thanks to these that you can utilize the tiered storage options. Alongside the usual HDD installation in this NAS server, you are able to install upto 4 2.5″ SSD drives for faster file access options (which you can arrange the QNAP to do automatically) and also 2x m.2 SSD bays (inside the unit) for additional SSD cache. This 3 layer storage gives you the ability to semi-autonomously devide all your files into different areas of the NAS based on their popularity and use. The result is that not only will you have both speedy 10 Gigabit network attached storage access for complex file access like Virtual machines and ISCSI, but also additional speed to the already blisteringly fast 20GB/s transmission speed of Thunderbolt 2.

About Usage, How safe is my data on the TVS-1282T and TVS-871T?

With 8 bay unit you are having additional advantages. You can choose from number of RAID solutions to set up. There could be RAID that saves your data even if one of the drives fail so you can still recover your data. This would be slightly more safe option to keep your data. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. These days security is a big deal and with he public becoming increasingly aware of cyber crime, keeping your data in the safest and most encrypted fashion is paramount! Both units arrive with AES-NI security options, alongside the standard protection provided by network protocols in any home or business. Ultimately you will find your data is remarkably safe in either of these units and no real advantage can be given. Though I do think it worth mentioning that tiered storage option on the TVS-1282T can be setup to provide an additional backup storage option for key files in the event of HDD failure – however this more come under the umbrella of redundancy than security.







The QNAP TVS-1282T-i7-32G 12-Bay (8+4 Bay) Thunderbolt 2 NAS Unboxing and Walkthrough 1



£1900 ex.VAT


£2400 ex.VAT


CPU TVS-871T-i5-16G: Quad-core Intel® Core™ i5-4590S 3.0 GHz Processor
TVS-871T-i7-16G: Quad-core Intel® Core™ i7-4790S 3.2 GHz Processor
TVS-1282T-i5-16G: Intel® Core™ i5-6500 3.6 GHz quad-core processor
TVS-1282T-i7-32G: Intel® Core™ i7-6700 3.4 GHz quad-core processor
Memory (RAM) 16 GB DDR3 RAM TVS-1282T-i5-16G:16 GB DDR4 RAM
TVS-1282T-i7-32G:32 GB DDR4 RAM
Flash 512MB (DOM for dual OS) 512MB (DOM for dual OS)
Number of RAM Slots 2 (Max 16GB) 4 (Max 32GB)
Max. number of HDDs/SSDs 8x 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s 8x 2.5″/3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s, 4x 2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s
Hot-Swappable HDD Tray Yes Yes, Lockable
Expansion Enclosure Support 6 (TX-800P / TX-500P) 6 x TX-500P/TX-800P or 2 x UX-800P/ 500P
Internal Cache Port 2 x M.2 slot
Gigabit LAN Ports 4 4
Jumbo Frame (GbE) V V
10GbE 2 (Build-in) 2* 10Gbase-T
Expansion Slot (PCI-E) 2 (occupided by 10GbE adapter and Thunderbolt card) 3 (2 slots are occupied by 10GbE adapter and Thunderbolt card)
USB 2.0 2
USB 3.0 3 5
Free Remote Control V (RM-IR002)
HDMI 1 3 (HDMI 1.4b x2, HDMI 2.0 x1)
LED Indicators HDD 1-8, Status, USB, LAN System status, 2.5” SSD, M.2 SSD, 3.5” HDD
LCD Display/ Button Yes Yes
Buttons Power, Reset, USB Auto Copy Power, Reset, USB Auto Copy
Form Factor Tower Tower
Dimensions (HxWxD) mm 185.2 x 298.2 x 235.4 234.6 x 369.9 x 319.8
Weight (Net/ Gross) 7.83 kg/ 8.9 kg 11.55kg/ 13.65 kg
Antivirus Yes (Optional McAfee Antivirus available) Yes (Optional McAfee Antivirus available)
Mail Server Xmail, Xeams (QPKG) Xmail, Xeams (QPKG)
VPN Server (PPTP + OpenVPN + L2TP) Yes (Max clients: 15 + 15) Yes (Max clients: 15 + 15)
myQNAPcloud Remote Access and File Sharing Yes Yes
3rd Party Cloud Storage Amazon S3/Glacier, ElephantDrive, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure Amazon S3/Glacier, ElephantDrive, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure
Mobile Apps for iOS & Android Qfile, Qmanager, Qphoto, Qmusic, Qnotes, VMobile, Vcam Qfile, Qmanager, Qphoto, Qmusic, Qnotes, VMobile, Vcam
VMware Ready® Yes Yes
Citrix Ready Yes Yes
Microsoft Hyper-V Compatibility Yes Yes
Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Czech, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Turkish, Hungarian, Romanian, Thai, Portuguese/Brazil, Greek English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Czech, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Turkish, Hungarian, Romanian, Thai, Portuguese/Brazil, Greek

Need a little more help buying your NAS? For Worldwide delivery as well as Pre-build NAS and post-sales support, why not chat LIVE to a support agent at SPAN.COM. Just click to