Form Factor / Drive Height
Intel Xeon D-1527 Quad Core 2.2 GHz (2.7 GHz turbo)
Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
Total Drives (alternate)
Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
designOf all of the latest Synology Releases for 2018/19, the RS1619XS+ is by far the most interesting model of all. It is the latest XS series NAS and available in jsut 4 bays. The design is both sleek, 1U and they have managed to include a large amount of power and coverage in this device. Featuring 10Gbe, 4 LAN and all the business hardware and chassis you would expect from Synology.
featuresFantastic hardware options inside mean that this rackmount NAS provides excellent potential for business users. This combined with support for RAID options mean that this device is designed for the long term. Additionally, it features a 5 year warranty and 3 years of the SRS (synology replacement service), so you have great failure support too!
performanceExcellent performance thanks to the 4 LAN, great Intel CPU, lots of memory and the PCIe slot that can be used for the M2D18 NVMe SSD Cache card or 10Gbe connectivity.
valueNot the cheapest, but you do get a good balance of internal hardware vs storage vs ability with the RS16119XS+
designIn terms of design, it is still just a regular rackmount and not a slim shape, like the RS1219+
featuresIt does not arrive cheap and the features and functionality to not arrive at a home user budget - nor would you expect it too!
performanceBecause this device only arrives with 4 drive bays (though you can add an additional 12 with the expansion chassis) the best speed you will get requires a RAID 10 or RAID 0 - So it will be a little limiting for storage vs speed vs redundancy
valueSome users might want more storage at this price level.
General PerformanceThe RS1619xs+ unlike the TS-431P is made by Synology. People often choose Synology because of user friendly interface as well as being suited for Mac and Windows based environments. It is relatively easy to set up and use, and those who are new to Network Attached Storage are advised to go for the Synology. This model comes with new DDR4 technology random access memorty (RAM). DDR3 used to work at 800 MT/s (or Millions of Transfers per second) and some went as high as 2133. DDR4, starts at 2133 MHz. The increased speed means an overall increase in bandwidth. Unlike the TS-431P this box has the Intel Xeon D-1527 Quad Core 2.2 GHz (2.7 GHz turbo) processor. This box has Xeon processor. These processors usually are used in solutions where you cannot afford even shortest downtime. They usually come with biggest cache size. If processor comes with ECC (Error detection and correction) technology, it prevents server ever to go offline. Useful for accounting or bidding systems with no place for error. Another key difference between the TS-431P is RAM. RS1619xs+ arrives with 8GB RAM. The RS1619xs+ 8GB RAM compared with TS-431P 1GB is clearly weaker.
About Connections With four LAN ports this box is making good enterprise level NAS. Two USB3 ports on this Synology is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process. There is one eSATA port on RS1619xs+ giving you up to 6Gb/s transfer speeds. Sometimes when your business grows, you might consider getting a box with expansion capabilities. With this box you have all opportunities to do so. You might want to contact one of our tech guys to find out more.
About Usage With 4 bay unit you are having additional advantages. You can choose from number of RAID solutions to set up. There could be RAID that saves your data even if one of the drives fail so you can still recover your data. This would be slightly more safe option to keep your data. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. You may install Plex Media Server on this box. Plex lets you easily create a feature rich and practical home media playback system. Some boxes offer real time transcoding functionality. That let you stream your media hustle free, based on your device speed or screen size. Please contact us to find transcoding compatibility list.
This NAS feature Intel Xeon D-1527 Quad Core 2.2 GHz (2.7 GHz turbo) processor which will let you transcode videos on the PLEX. This will allow you to watch videos remotely from anywhere you can connect to the internet. The i3 CPU will transcode all HD and Full HD videos including quite few 4K videos. The i5 and i7 will pretty much transcode any video you want. The difference will be the number of simultaneous streams. The i7 obviously can cope with more streams than i5.
Price And Warranty This box comes with staggering 5 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £1,609.00.
designIt's a budget/Cost Effective NAS and therefore you cannot expect a superior build quality as you see in the QNAP TVS-1282T or the Synology DS3617xs. But even though it is a bit plastic-y, it is still functional and keeps the noise lower than you would expect.
featuresThe Annapurna CPU, though not breathtakingly powerful is still more than able to perform many, many tasks and is actually alot better than the CPU in most Budget or Cheap NAS servers
performanceIf you need a small to medium task level NAS for your file server needs and light to Medium Media Access via DLNA or the Native QNAP Apps, then this NAS will perform very well for you indeed
valueExcellent Value and if you need a RAID enabled NAS server for Windows or Mac - The TS-431p is the NAS device for you.
designThe Plastoc trays and horrible lockless design make you feel like you are breaking the trays each time you use them. I would recommend replacing the trays with Metal Trays from QNAP
featuresNevertheless, it is still an ARM CPU and therefore functions and applications like PLEX Transcoding and Virtual Machines are not available to you with a NAS like this one.
performanceHowever if you need slightly more intensive, larger file operations or who to move towards that in the next year or two, then you are better off spending a little more on the QNAP TS-453A here - https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-453A-4G-4-Bay-RAID-0-1-5-6-4GB-RAM-~52841
valueIf you want a NAS that can do more intensive operations then what you save in the low price, you also lose in it's ability - this NAS is excellent for the price if you need smaller file access/volumne - Not if you want RAW power.
General PerformanceThe TS-431P unlike the RS1619xs+ is made by Qnap. By choosing Qnap people expect to see advanced configurations opportunities as well as innovative and more diverse business applications. You are able to customize the TS-431P to your needs. Unlike the RS1619xs+ this box has the Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz processor. Another key difference between the RS1619xs+ is RAM. TS-431P arrives with 1GB RAM. The TS-431P 1GB RAM compared with RS1619xs+ 8GB is clearly weaker.
About Connections There are two LAN ports on this box, making it a good home or small business NAS as you can utilise Link Aggregation and Failover support. Three USB3 ports on this Qnap is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process.
About Usage With 4 bay unit you are having additional advantages. You can choose from number of RAID solutions to set up. There could be RAID that saves your data even if one of the drives fail so you can still recover your data. This would be slightly more safe option to keep your data. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet.
Price And Warranty This box comes with 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. Despite RS1619xs+ has better warranty, it is still good to know that you have your two years of no worries manufacturer cover. This Qnap is £1,345.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit RS1619xs+.