QNAP and AMD Ryzen take a MASSIVE step forward with the TS-1677X

Until about 6 months ago, the most powerful desktop NAS I had seen here at NASCompares was the QNAP TS-1685 and to be perfectly honest, we were cool with that. With new NAS servers released each year, I was right to think that it would hold the podium top spot for a good year or so at the very least. So you can imagine my surprise when a couple of days ago my opinions were once again undermined when QNAP released an improved and further powerful 16-Bay NAS server was uncovered and this one seemingly leaves the TS1685 in its dust!

The newly uncovered QNAP TS-1677X NAS manages to include so many of the current ‘buzz words’ in enterprise and large-scale NAS in its specifications, that right now, unless they release an updated model 6 months from now with a jet engine glued to the back, it really REALLY is the most powerful desktop NAS of 2018 – and it isn;t actually even released yet.

The QNAP TS-1677X NAS External Hardware

This QNAP NAS uses the chassis previously seen on the TS-1635 and TS-1685. In fact, looking at the front of the device, you would be hard pushed to tell the difference. However, it is when you take a closer look at the insides and the rear that you see the big additions. First and foremost it should be highlighted that this device does not feature many of the home and SMB features of smaller units. Features like HDMI and the USB QuickAccess port are not on show here and this is clearly not accident/forgetfulness – they were notably absent in the 1685 and 1635.What we find are a combination of practical and sensible ports (with a couple of extras thrown in!). According to the above spec, on the rear of the QNAP TS-1677X NAS we find:

  • PCIe Expansion slots (PCIe 3.0 x8, PCIe 2.0 x4, PCIe 3.0 x4) for adding further ports, USB card, m.2 SSD cache, wifi card and more
  • Dual RJ45 based 10Gbe ports (10GBase-T)
  • Eight USB 3.0 Ports (1 on the front with USB-Copy and 7 on the rear with one as USB-C)

  • Four 1Gbe LAN
  • Audio In/Out
  • Rear Speaker
  • Three Cooling Fans

  • A 550W PSU that not only powers the NAS, but also has additional power for eGPU cards that are installed inside for VM use (8pin and 6pin)
  • The front of the device features an LCD panel for real-time storage, network and access information
  • LED lights for every drive
  • 12 HDD Bays, multiple internal M.2 slot and 4 SSD bays so you can use the QTier application to further bolster and speed up your storage access

The QNAP TS-1677X NAS Internal Hardware

As mentioned, it is when you look inside the QNAP TS-1677X NAS that you really see what makes this breathtakingly powerful. The device will be available in several configurations. There are three different versions of the CPU that will be available, as well as different memory options to accompany it. Below are the ones that are confirmed so far:

QNAP TS-1677X-1200-4G NAS

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  • AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPU, 3.1Ghz 4-Core (Burst to 3.4Ghz)
  • 4GB of DDR4 Memory that can be expanded (1x 4GB)

QNAP TS-1677X-1600-8G NAS

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU, 3.2Ghz 6-Core (Burst to 3.6Ghz)
  • 8GB of DDR4 Memory that can be expanded (2x 4GB)

QNAP TS-1677X-1700-16G NAS

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  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, 3.0Ghz 8-Core (Burst to 3.7Ghz)
  • 16GB of DDR4 Memory that can be expanded (2x 8GB)

QNAP TS-1677X-1700-64G NAS

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  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, 3.0Ghz 8-Core (Burst to 3.7Ghz)
  • 64GB of DDR4 Memory that can be expanded (4x 16GB)

Combining GPU High-speed Computing to Create Intelligent Center for AI Machine Learning Applications

In the future, it can be foreseen that various applications and services will incorporate AI technology to varying degrees. TS-1677X is the right solution for assisting organizations in the development of cost-effective AI application private data cloud storage solutions. Expanded graphic display card with PCIe, greatly boosting the computational efficiency of processing large artificial intelligence learning data; and using “QuAI” artificial wisdom developer toolkit to build, train and optimize AI mode, supporting 12 3.5-inch hard disk and The large-capacity TS-1677X with 4 SSDs has become the center of intelligence for data computing, and it is exploring more intelligent service applications and business value.

processor AMD RyzenTM 7 1700 Eight-core / 16-thread 3.0 GHz processor, Turbo Core 3.7 GHz
processor architecture: 64-bit
graphics: Expandable (PCIe expansion card)
encryption engine: AES-NI
Standard system memory 64 GB DDR4 (4 x 16 GB)
Maximum expandable memory 64 GB (4 x 16 GB)
Memory slots 4 x Long-DIMM slots
(pairs of DDR4 memory with the same speed, capacity, and die type are required for two or four DIMM configurations)
Support hard drive quantity 12 x 3.5 SATA 6 Gbps hard disk
4 x 2.5 SATA 6 Gbps hard disk
Support hard disk type 3.5
SATA Hard Disks • 3.5 SATA HDDs
• 2.5 SATA HDDs
• 2.5 SATA SSDs2.5 吋 Hard Disks
• 2.5 SSDs
10 Gigabit Ethernet 埠 2 x 10GBASE-T RJ45, Supports 10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M Five
Speeds Note: Please use CAT6a or CAT 7 network (optional) to achieve 10GbE transmission speed
Gigabit Ethernet 埠 4 x RJ45
USB port 8 x USB 3.0
• Front: 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A (this one can be used with a one-button backup button)
• Rear: 6 x USB 3.0 Type-A; 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
PCIe expansion slot Slot 1: Gen3 x8
Slot 2: Gen3 x4
Slot 3: Gen2 x4
HDMI output port Expandable via PCIe expansion card
USB one-button backup Front: USB 3.0 Type-A
Sound source • 2 x 3.5 mm dynamic microphone jack
• 1 x 3.5 mm line-out jack
• 2 x speaker
• Warning beepsNote: Speaker and line-out jack cannot be used at the same time
Infrared (IR) receiver There is a
note: need to use with the extended graphics card and RM-IR004 remote control
model desktop
Size (height x width x depth) 303.84 x 369.89 x 319.8 mm
11.96 x 14.56 x 12.59 inch
weight 13.39 kg (29.52 lbs)
power supply 550W, 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
fan System: 3 x 9.2cm (12V DC)
processor: 2 x 9cm
Operating Temperature & Relative Humidity 0 ~ 40 ̊C (32 ̊F ~ 104 ̊F), 5~95% non-condensing environment, wet bulb temperature: 27 ̊C (80.6 ̊F)
Other interfaces Kensington Security Lock

When will the QNAP TS-1677X NAS be Available to Buy?

We are still awaiting confirmation on the release schedule of this unit, but stay tuned to find more information on a release date, further specs and more here at NASCompares. Also, check out the QNAP Livestream on this HERE.


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