Intel® Xeon® W desktop QuTS hero NAS, ideal for high-speed media collaboration over Thunderbolt™ 3 and 10GbE virtual machine applications
The high-capacity TVS-h1688X features a powerful Intel® Xeon® W processor and allows for installing two QNAP QXP-T32P Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe expansion cards (sold separately) to attain four Thunderbolt™ 3 ports, making it a perfect match for Thunderbolt™-equipped Mac® and Windows® users for high-speed media collaboration. The built-in 10GbE and 2.5GbE connectivity supports Port Trunking and failover to further satisfy bandwidth and reliability demanding business applications. Running the ZFS-based QuTS hero operating system, the TVS-h1688X supports block-level inline data deduplication and compression, near-limitless snapshots, real-time SnapSync, and read/write cache technologies, helping your business achieve reliable service-level agreement performance, from creative workflows to file server, virtualization server, and efficient file backup and recovery applications.
Attain quad-port Thunderbolt™ 3 connectivity by installing two QXP-T32P expansion cards in the PCIe Gen 3 x4 slots.
Note: QXP-T32P expansion cards are sold separately
Two 10GBASE-T and four 2.5GbE LAN ports accelerate virtualization, intensive file access, large backup/restoration tasks, and media transfer.
PCIe slots allow for installing 5/10/25/40GbE adapters, QM2 cards, or graphics cards to increase application performance.
4K media playback and real-time transcoding; directly output videos to an HDMI display (up to 4K @30Hz).
Supports virtual machines and containerized apps, centralized storage, backup, sharing, disaster recovery, and storage expansion.
Cloud storage gateways realize hybrid cloud applications by working with the cache space reserved on NAS to ensure low-latency data access to the cloud.
Six cores up to 4.7 GHz with up to 128 GB DDR4 ECC memory
Intel® Xeon® W processors are designed for a wide range of creative professionals. Powered by an Intel® Xeon® W-1250 6 cores/12 threads 3.3 GHz processor (Burst up to 4.7 GHz), the TVS-h1688X has enormous processing power to drive virtual machine performance. The integrated Intel® AES-NI encryption engine boosts encryption performance while also maintaining the security of NAS data. With dual-channel modules and 4 Long-DIMM slots, the TVS-h1688X’s DDR4 ECC memory can be upgraded up to 128 GB for memory-intensive and complex multitasking workloads.
Streamline video editing and 4K workflows with Thunderbolt™ 3 connectivity
You can install two QXP-T32P Thunderbolt™ 3 expansion cards (sold separately) to the PCIe Gen 3 x4 slots of the TVS-h1688X and transform it into a Thunderbolt™ 3 NAS with quad-port Thunderbolt™ 3 connectivity. Up to four Thunderbolt™-equipped workstations can be connected to the TVS-h1688X to achieve greater teamwork efficiency in 4K workflows, file storage, backup, and sharing. An SLC/MLC SSD RAID 5 configuration is recommended for the highest possible performance and the best storage allocation for your NAS.
Note: If you connect a Thunderbolt™ 4 computer to a Thunderbolt™ 3 NAS, you must use a Thunderbolt™ 4 certificated cable or a passive Thunderbolt™ 3 cable that is shorter than 0.8 meters.
Thunderbolt™ 3 + 10Gb Ethernet: perfect for studios and post-production houses
The TVS-h1688X can simultaneously run general Ethernet services with the built-in 10GBASE-T LAN card in addition to the Thunderbolt™ 3 network, completely independently and with no bandwidth interference. The media resources in the TVS-h1688X can be easily accessed by Thunderbolt™ and Ethernet workstations for different concurrent tasks with increased productivity.
Dual 10GbE connectivity optimizes high-speed data transfer and supports RDMA/RoCE
The TVS-h1688X comes with a pre-installed dual-port 10GBASE-T network card (supports 10GbE/1GbE), supporting failover and up to 20Gb/s bandwidth under Port Trunking, to improve bandwidth-demanding data center and virtualization applications. The 10GbE SmartNIC uses a Broadcom NetXtreme® E-Series BCM57416 network controller that supports RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE and RoCEv2), allowing data to bypass general network drivers, the socket layer, and directly enter the ESXi server and storage memory buffer. RoCE technology can improve NAS performance while lowering the CPU usage of applications that use Ethernet networks, ideal for low-latency and high-speed large data transfers.
Direct 4K HDMI output
The TVS-h1688X features Intel® UHD Graphics P630 that supports hardware decoding and real-time transcoding. The HDMI output supports up to 4K (4096 x 2160p) @30Hz, providing great benefits for applications like video production/editing, industrial design and professional photography that demand on-image resolution and color realism as well as intensive media storage, transfer and display. By connecting the TVS-h1688X to an HDMI display, you can directly watch multimedia content saved on the NAS with QNAP RM-IR004 remote control (sold separately).
Set SSD caching to boost IOPS with M.2 NVMe SSD
The TVS-h1688X comes with four 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s drive bays for SSDs and two M.2 NVMe Gen 3 x4 SSD slots that allow you to flexibly configure SSD caching to increase IOPS performance, reduce storage volume latency, and optimize 2.5GbE/10GbE performance. This is especially perfect for databases and virtual machine applications. With dedicated SSD bays/slots, the TVS-h1688X allows you to dedicate all of the 3.5-inch drive bays for high-capacity hard drives, ensuring both maximized storage capacity and performance.
ZFS-based QuTS hero operating system enhances NAS performance and data integrity
QuTS hero combines the app-based QTS with the 128-bit ZFS file system to provide flexible storage management, comprehensive data protection, and optimized performance to tackle the complexity and performance demands of modern IT. From storage management, virtualization, to collaborative media workflows, QuTS hero streamlines your business-critical tasks.
|Data integrity is key||Data reduction improves storage efficiency and performance||Multi-level cache technology with both read and write|
|QuTS hero’s self-healing ensures data integrity and reliability. Write Once, Read Many Times (WORM) is also supported.||Inline data deduplication, compression, and compaction reduce file size to conserve storage capacity and optimize performance.||Main memory read cache (L1 ARC), SSD second-level read cache (L2 ARC), and ZFS Intent Log (ZIL) for synchronous transactions with power fail protection are simultaneously supported to boost performance and security.|
|RAID Z enables robust data protection||QSAL (QNAP SSD Antiwear Leveling) enhances data protection||App Center ecosystem extends NAS functionality|
|Multiple RAID levels allow flexible capacity utilization. RAID Triple Parity and Triple Mirror deliver higher levels of data protection.||RAID-level SSD lifespan is automatically and regularly detected to prevent simultaneous SSD failure, improving your data protection and system reliability.
(Available from Q4 2020)
|Apps for backup/sync, virtual machines/containers, content management, productivity, and more features can be used to expand the application potential of the TVS-h1688X.|
Tiered storage configuration for a QuTS hero NAS
Follow these steps to acquire optimal storage efficiency and performance for QuTS hero.
Step 1: System Drive
The first Storage Pool you create is the system drive. Using an SSD RAID with at least two SSDs for the system drive is recommended.
Step 2: Read Cache & ZIL
Use more SSDs for read cache or ZIL. You can also install QM2 expansion cards to add M.2 SSDs for expanding cache space.
Step 3: Data Storage
Allocate HDDs/SSDs to create a RAID for storing files and application data. If needed, you can configure an all-flash configuration for optimal performance.
Inline data deduplication, compression, and compaction drives big data storage efficiency
QuTS hero supports advanced block-based data reduction technologies (including inline data deduplication, compression, and compaction) to reduce file sizes, conserve storage capacity, and optimize performance. For example, if 20 virtual machines on a NAS are replicated using the same template, then storage space requirements for all 20 virtual machines can be reduced by up to 95%. Whether acting as primary or backup storage, the TVS-h1688X optimizes storage utilization to provide a reliable storage cornerstone in the Big Data era.
Real-time SnapSync ensures minimal RPO with real-time disaster recovery
Real-time SnapSync ensures that both the primary and secondary NAS maintain identical data. When data is written to the source, it is immediately written to the destination. If the primary NAS goes offline, IT staff can simply adjust the privilege settings of the secondary NAS to ensure continuous operations. SnapSync provides the strongest support for nonstop business operations and helps users to reduce the risk of data loss.
Note: SnapSync will be available from Q4 2020.
The TVS-h1688X also supports snapshots and remote backup to help organizations accomplish routine backup tasks cost-effectively and efficiently.
Snapshots multiply backup protection
Attain peace of mind with near-limitless, instant snapshots. Copy-on-write technology makes snapshot creation almost instantaneous without affecting ongoing data writing. Snapshot Replica replicates snapshot files to the backup NAS, simplifying data protection with version control.
HBS simplifies 3-2-1 backup plans
HBS centralizes backup, restoration, and synchronization for easily transferring data in the TVS-h1688X to another QNAP NAS, remote server, or cloud storage space. HBS supports QuDedup technology that eliminates redundant data at the source and makes multi-version backup faster.
All-in-one virtual machine and container hosting solution
You can count on Virtualization Station and Container Station for comprehensive virtualization support. Coupled with the Network & Virtual Switch app that boosts interoperability between virtual machines, containers, QNAP NAS, and other physical devices on the network, you can flexibly allocate physical and virtual network resources to simplify network deployment.
Run multiple Windows®, Linux®, UNIX®, and Android™ virtual machines and access them via a web browser or Virtual Network Computing (VNC). Businesses can run virtualized server applications on a single NAS without the need for additional physical servers.
Experience LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualization technologies, download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry®, import and export containers, and create abundant microservices.
|CPU||Intel® Xeon® W-1250 6-core 3.3 GHz processor (boost up to 4.7 GHz)|
|CPU Architecture||64-bit x86|
|Graphic Processors||Intel® UHD Graphics P630|
|Floating Point Unit|
|System Memory||32GB ECC UDIMM DDR4 (2 x 16 GB)|
|Maximum Memory||128 GB (4 x 32 GB)|
|Memory Slot||4 x Long-DIMM DDR4
For dual-DIMM configurations, you must use a pair of identical DDR4 modules.
|Flash Memory||5GB (Dual boot OS protection)|
|Drive Bay||12 x 3.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s + 4 x 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s
The system is shipped without HDD.
For the HDD compatibility list, please visit https://www.qnap.com/compatibility/
|Drive Compatibility||3.5-inch bays:
3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA solid state drives
|M.2 SSD Slot||2 x M.2 22110/2280 NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 slots|
|SSD Cache Acceleration Support|
|2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Port (2.5G/1G/100M)||4|
|5 Gigabit Ethernet Port (5G/2.5G/1G/100M)||Optional via an adapter|
|10 Gigabit Ethernet Port||2 x 10GBASE-T (10G/1G)|
|Wake on LAN (WOL)||
Only the 2.5GbE port
|25 Gigabit Ethernet Port||Optional via an adapter|
|Thunderbolt Port||Optional via the QXP-T32P 2-port Thunderbolt 3 PCIe adapter|
Slot 1: PCIe Gen3 x8
Slot 2: PCIe Gen3 x4
Slot 3: PCIe Gen3 x4
*Slot 1 is preinstalled with a 2-port 10GbE network adapter.
|USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Port||2 x Type-C
4 x Type-A
|HDMI Output||1, HDMI 1.4b (up to 4096 x 2160 @ 30Hz)|
|Audio Input||1 x 3.5 mm dynamic microphone jacks|
|Audio Output||1 x built-in speaker, 1 x 3.5mm line out jack (for amplifiers or speakers)
You cannot use the speakers and the line-out jack simultaneously.
|LED Indicators||System status, LAN, USB, Disk 1~16, M.2 SSD 1~2|
|LCD Display/ Button|
|Buttons||Power, Reset, USB Auto Copy|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||303.84 × 369.89 × 319.8 mm|
|Weight (Net)||13.41 kg|
|Weight (Gross)||16.3 kg|
|Operating temperature||0 – 40°C (32°F – 104°F)|
|Relative Humidity||5-95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C (80.6˚F)|
|Power Supply Unit||550W PSU, 100~240V|
|Power Consumption: HDD Sleep Mode||91.26 W|
|Power Consumption: Operating Mode, Typical||108.67 W
Tested with drives fully populated.
|Fan||System fan: 3 x 97mm, 12VDC
CPU fan: 2 x 90mm, 12VDC
|Sound Level||25.8 db(A)|
|Kensington Security Slot|
|Max. Number of Concurrent Connections (CIFS)||9000|
* Sound Level Test Environment: Refer to ISO 7779; Maximum HDD loaded; Bystander Position; Average data from 1 meter in front of operating NAS.
Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.