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Turbo NAS
At a glance
ProductQNAP TS-869 Pro Turbo NAS   [Website]
SummaryBYOD eight-bay Intel D2700 Atom RAID SATA NAS with many serving options.
Pros• Cloud backup to Amazon S3, ElephantDrive, Symform
• The usual extensive QNAP Feature Set
Cons• Expensive
• No 10 GbE option

Typical Price: $99999  Compare Prices  Check Amazon

Introduction

QNAP's TS-869 Pro is a eight-bay version of the five-drive TS-569 Pro I reviewed last October. Like its smaller sibling, the TS-869 Pro is based on Intel's dual-core D2700 Atom processor.

From the front side, the TS-869 Pro looks like strikingly similiar to the other recent QNAP NASes, adding three drives to the TS-569 Pro's profile for a wider stance. The front panel has a USB 2.0 port vs. the blue USB 3.0 port found on the QNAP TS-559 Pro II.

Front and rear panel callouts

Figure 1: QNAP TS-869 Pro Front and rear panel callouts

On the rear there is an ample selection of ports. An HDMI port (for console access and HD Station), two blue USB 3.0 ports, dual eSATA ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and four USB 2.0 ports.

Inside

Inside the TS-869 Pro is exactly the same as the TS-569 Pro with the addition of a third Marvell 88SE9125 SATA 6Gb/s and PATA Host Controller on the backplane for the additional drive slots. And when I say identical, I mean that both NASes use the same exact board, marked TS869-PRO in the photo below taken from the TS-569 Pro review.

Same board, different NAS

Same board, different NAS

I've included the key component information in the table below, for pictures and more detailed information please see the TS-569 Pro review.

CPU Intel Atom Dual-Core D2700 @ 2.13 GHz
RAM 1 GB DDR3 1333 SoDIMM (expandable to 3 GB)
Flash 512 MB DOM
Ethernet Intel WG82574L (x2)
Companion Intel NM10 Express Chipset [guess]
USB 3.0 Etron Tech EJ188G
Audio None
SATA Marvell 88SE9125 SATA 6Gb/s and PATA Host Controllers (x3)
I/O ITE IT8721F temperature, fan and voltage monitoring controller
Video Asmedia ASM1442 HDMI level shifter (console access)
Table 1: Key component summary and comparison

The NAS was equipped for testing with four Western Digital Red 3TB drives (WD30EFRX) supplied by SmallNetBuilder. Power consumption measured 48 W with the 4 drives spun up and 33 W with them spun down. Fan and drive noise could be classified as medium-low, with most of the noise coming from the drives.

Features

Firmware at test time was 3.8.2 Build 20130301. This version includes the MyCloudNAS feature and ElephantDrive cloud backup option. This version has added another cloud-based storage feature: Symform. Symform lets you allocate a portion of your QNAP NAS in return for free cloud storage. It's also available for Windows, MacOS and Linux (beta) systems so you can share some of your storage there.

We covered MyCloudNAS in the TS-112 review. For a run-through of V3's other features, see the review or the online demo.

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