Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE

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Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE

October 14, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

Thecus N7710-G
7-Bay NAS Server
Street Price

We were impressed by the features of the QNAP TurboNAS TS-469L, but what really stood out was the highly polished user interface. Not only was it pretty, the use of tabs was a refreshing and convenient, and like the modern smartphone, it relied heavily on its app ecosystem which extended its functionality considerably. By adopting a familiar phone-like interface, thje TS-469L enhanced its appeal to home users in particular. This an excellent quality to have as the amount of digital storage held by lay people is growing fast enough to make Network Attached Storage, a tool mainly for office and enterprise segments in the past, an increasingly important appliance in many homes.

The Thecus N7710-G is a different kind of NAS. It's more of an old school, strictly business NAS server, placing greater importance on function rather than form, but that doesn't make it any less interesting.

For starters, it's bigger and faster, with seven drive bays, a Intel Pentium G850 (Sandy Bridge) processor running at 2.9 GHz, and 4GB of RAM. It allows for greater flexibility and its tower form houses more standard components that are easily accessible, paving the way for upgrades and general tinkering. The most notable feature is a 10 GbE card fitted in the PCI-E 8x expansion slot, opening up the possibility of phenomenal network performance over ethernet copper, CAT6a, to be precise, an upgraded higher-density version of CAT5. The system also has a pair of standard gigabit controllers with Intel chipsets, two USB 3.0 connectors, and an HDMI port that can be used to output video and audio. RAID is available in several different modes and there's support for AES 256-bit encryption, link aggregation, VMWare, a variety of file protocols, and a host of other software features listed here.

The Thecus N7710-G.

The chassis has the look of a typical NAS tower with a mostly matte black steel surface and heavily ventilated front door. A rounded column of brush aluminum containing the activity LEDs, front USB ports, and power button, gives the housing some character but it looks somewhat strange extending around the corner. The proportion of silver makes the side panels uneven in size. At the bottom is a small LCD readout and some unusually long buttons that resemble dials.

Thecus N7710-G: Hardware Specifications
(from the product web page)
Processor Intel® Pentium G850 (2.9GHz Dual Core)
System Memory 4GB DDR3 ECC Memory
LAN Interface (PCI-e) RJ-45x2: Intel 82574L 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X, WOL supported
Supports 1 x Single-Port 10GBASE-T Ethernet Network Card
USB Interface USB 2.0 host port x6 (front x2, back x4)
USB 3.0 host port x2 (back x2)
10GbE NIC (Included x1)
LCM Module Displays system status and information
HDMI Output HDMI port (back x1)
VGA Output VGA port (back x1)
Disk Interface 7 x SATA for internal
Power Supply 300W Power Supply
Bundled 10GbE Network Card 1 x C10GTR Installed
Thermal/Fan Control Thermal sensor on processor temperature
System Clock Battery-backed up system clock
Power Management Auto power on after shutdown due to power loss
Buzzer Adjustable frequency alarm
Buttons Power button
LCM button (ENT, ESC, UP, DOWN)
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis Tower base
Dimensions (HxWxD) 320 x 210 x 270 (mm)/12.59 x 8.27 x 10.63 (in)
Weight 8.4(kgs)/18.51(lb)(NAS only)
Certificates CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI

The box.


The box our review unit shipped in arrived with a substantial dent on one of the corners but there was no physical damage inside. The unit was packed well with extremely thick styrofoam inserts. The package includes a warranty card, quick setup guide, a software disc, a complimentary copy of Acronis True Image Personal 2010, keys for each drive tray, a power cable, and an ethernet cable.

The Thecus C10GTR 10 GbE network card.

The NAS ships with a 10 GbE NIC installed but obviously full performance cannot be achieved if the rest of the network is running 1Gb hardware. Thecus kindly provided a second card to connect the NAS directly to a desktop PC to test out its capabilities. The C10TR uses a Marvell controller and comes with a warranty card, driver disc, and a low profile bracket. It retails for US$200 on its own.

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