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. 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.