reServer 2-bay multimedia NAS is equipped with an Intel Core Tiger Lake SBC

Seeed Studio has just introduced reServer dual-bay multimedia NAS based on Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Tiger Lake 11th generation processor. The networked storage device is based on ODYSSEY X86 V2 single board computer that offers an upgrade to the ODYSSEY-X86J4105 and ODYSSEY-X86J4125 Gemini Lake SBC’s.

reServer comes with up to to 64GB dual-channel memory, dual 2.5GbE, support for two 3.5-inch SATA drives, HDMI and DisplayPort video output, and some USB 3.0/2.0 ports.

reServer multimedia NAS

reServer (preliminary) specifications:

  • SoC (one or the other)
    • Intel Core i3-1115G4 dual-core/quad-thread processor with 48 EU Intel UHD Graphics @ 400 – 1250MHz; 28W TDP
    • Unnamed Intel Core i5 with 80 EU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 @ 400-1300MHz; 28W TDP
    • Unnamed Intel Core i7 with 96 EU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 @ 400-1300MHz; 28W TDP
  • Co-processor – Microchip ATSAMD21G18 32-Bit Arm Cortex-M0+ microcontroller
  • System Memory – Up to 64GB dual-channel DDR4-3200 SDRAM via two SO-DIMM sockets
  • Storage – 2x SATA III 6.0 Gb/s bays for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, support for M.2 NVMe drives (see Expansion section)
  • Video Output
    • 1x HDMI 2.0b up to 4Kp60
    • 1x DP1.4a up to 8Kp60 (7680×4320)
    • 1x DisplayPort via USB-C USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4 port on Core i7 model only
    • 40-pin 4-lane eDP connector on SBC (not used in reServer NAS)
    • Up to 2 (Core i3/i5) or 3 (Core i7) independent displays supported by the NAS
  • Audio – Realtek High Definition Audio, internal microphone + headphone combo connector, 3-pin 2.54mm S/PDIF header
  • Networking connectivity
    • 2x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports via Intel i225 controllers
    • Intel WiFi 6 AX201 M.2 E key module for WiFI 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
    • Optional wireless modules via M.2 sockets for 4G/5G, LoRaWAN, etc…
    • Micro SIM card slot
    • 4x SMA antenna connectors
  • USB
    • Core i3/i5 models – 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 port
    • Core i7 model – 2x USB2.0 ports, 1x USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4 Type-C port
    • Internal 9-pin header with 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
  • Serial – 1x RS-232/422/485, 1x RS-232 (not accessible from outside the NAS)
  • Expansion
    • Core i3/i5 models
      • 1x M.2 M-Key 2242/2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4) for SSD
      • 1x M.2 E-Key 2230 (PCIe 3.0 x1; USB2.0 x1;Intel CNVi) for wireless modules
      • 1x M.2 B-Key2242/2252/2280 (PCIe 3.0 x2; USB2.0 x1)
      • Support PCIe x4 Gen4
    • Core i7 model
      • 1x M.2 M-Key 2242/2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4) for SSD
      • 1x M.2 E-Key 2230 (PCIe 3.0 x1; USB2.0 x1;Intel CNVi) for wireless modules
      • 1x M.2 B-Key2242/2252/2280 (PCIe 3.0 x2; USB2.0 x1)
      • Support PCIe 3.0 x4/SMBus/LPC/USB 2.0/CPU GPIO etc.
    • 28-pin 2.5mm GPIO header for co-processor I/Os (again only on SBC, not for the NAS)
  • Misc – Power Status, SATA status LEDs, 2x 12V 4-wire fans with PWM control, RTC battery with 3V/210mAh Lithium battery backup
  • Power Supply
    • 12V via 5.5×2.5mm DC Jack on all models.
    • 12-19V USB PD is also supported on Core i7 model.
  • Dimensions – 230 (H) x 124 (W) x 132 (D) mm
  • Weight – 1.8 kg
  • Certifications – CE, FCC, KC, TELEC
  • Thermal Solution –  Heat pipe, heat spreading vapor chamber

Dual NAS Intel Core processor
The specifications can be a little confusing since they included the specifications for ODYSSEY x86 V2 SBC, some of which are not relevant for the NAS such as the microcontroller, eDP connector, and most internal headers.

reServer multimedia NAS ships with a 60W power adapter and power cord, two 2.4/5.0GHz WiFI antennas, a fan cable, a screwdriver, and a user manual. Seeed Studio does not mention anything about software support, and it will be up to the user to install Windows 10, Ubuntu 20.04, or other Linux distributions.

It’s quite a powerful processor for a NAS, and the company expects reServer to be used in applications for small office, home office servers, industrial automation, robotics, healthcare, smart agriculture. Right now, only the Core i3-1115G4 model is listed on Seeed Studio online store with either 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, or 8GB of RAM coupled with a 256GB SSD. But there’s no pricing, and instead, they ask people to fill a form to request pricing based on quantity. For reference, a few hours ago, the company sent an email listing the 8G RAM/256GB SSD version for $669, and the 16GB/512GB model for $769.

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5 Replies to “reServer 2-bay multimedia NAS is equipped with an Intel Core Tiger Lake SBC”

  1. What is this box for? It’s over powered (and hence over priced) for NAS and/or media server applications. And a $699 starting price? Nah.

    1. Had to cough up hundreds more $ for that extra DP and LAN port. Otherwise, we can get Deskmini X300 + 4350GE, underclock and undervolt it.

    2. It’d possibly make a nice compact dual-booting desktop, c.f. NUC.

      I’m not sure why a ‘server’ needs triple video out.

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