Compare Synology RackStation NAS RS820+ 4-Bay 1U (2GB RAM) (no RAIL KIT), PCIe AND Synology DiskStation NAS DS918+ 4-Bay (4GB RAM)


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RS820+
IBSY-R820P
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£770.00 ex.VAT
£924.00 inc.VAT
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DS918+
IBSY-918P
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£414.00 ex.VAT
£496.80 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBSY-R820P
IBSY-918P
Brand
Synology
Synology
Series
RackStation NAS
DiskStation NAS
Model
RS820+
DS918+
Type
4-Bay 1U (2GB RAM) (no RAIL KIT), PCIe
4-Bay (4GB RAM)
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
29/08/2019
30/05/2017

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
480x493x44mm
166x199x223 mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
2GB DDR4
4GB
Guarantee
3yr
3yr
Processor
Intel Atom C3538 Quad Core 2.1GHz
Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz)
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
2455
2153
Total Drives
4
4
Total Drives (alternate)
4
4
RAID
0:1:5:6:
0:1:5:6:
RAID Levels
Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10
Rack size
1

Connections

PORTS SUMMARY
1X eSATA (host)
4X RJ45 1GbE
1X PCIe v3 x8
4X SATA 3.5
2X USB3 type A (host)
1X eSATA
2X LAN
2X M.2 NVMe
4X SATA 3.5
2X USB3 type A (host)
Speed
Speed/RPM
6Gb/s SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
Physical
Colour
Black
Black
Weight (kg)
12kg
4kg
Weight (bare)
6.4kg
2.28kg
Watts
37.94W
28.8W
Watts (Idle)
4.25W
Shock (Operating)
70g/2ms
Shock (Non-Operating)
250g/2ms
Reviews
Synology RackStation NAS

RS820+


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Price ex.VAT:£770.00
Price inc.VAT:£924.00





General Performance

The RS820+ same as the DS918+ 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 DS918+ this box has the Intel Atom C3538 Quad Core 2.1GHz processor. With its ATOM processor, this box should have no trouble transcoding your videos up to 720P via the native MANUFACTURER apps. Another key difference between the DS918+ is RAM. RS820+ arrives with 2GB DDR4 RAM. The RS820+ 2GB DDR4 RAM compared with DS918+ 4GB 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 RS820+ 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.

Price And Warranty

This box comes with 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £770.00.
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS918+


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Our Review: 5/5
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Price ex.VAT:£414.00
Price inc.VAT:£496.80



9.3

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 9.00

FEATURES rating score 9.00

PERFORMANCE rating score10.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 9.00
Synology DS918+ PROS

designWith a newly created chassis released with improved ventilation, but still managing to keep compact (even introducing new hardware inside) this is by FAR the best Synology design yet. A welcome improvement to the old DS916+ chassis.
featuresThe Synology DS918+ NAS will do it all. If you need a NAS to watch and transcode 4K, Run several VMs, Apple time machine backups, host a plex media server, run an itunes server, run a business from, run surveillance cameras over the network, provide a CRM and CMS system, as well as host several websites - The DS918+ is the NAS server for you
performanceEasily one of the best performing Synology NAS devices available for home and small business users. Also if the default hardware isn't enough, this is the easiest to upgrade, featuring RAM upgrades and NVMe slots
valueThis could possible be the best NAS of the year. We still have a couple of months before we can truly decide, but for this price and the HUGE amount of software and hardware option in the price threshold make it irresistible.
Synology DS918+ CONS

designThe two rear fans, though fully controllable, cannot be completely switched off and this may annoy some people. However any noise they make on their lowest setting is still lower than the HDD you have installed.
featuresAlthough it can do many of these tasks at once, if you need to do ALL of them at once, you will need a solid Intel Xeon at the least.
performanceOnly fault I can find is that there is no 8GB Default version available to buy, as you found with the DS918+ (8GB).
valueIt is a shame that there is no 8-Bay option with this hardware - as the DS1817+ is rather disappointing by Comparison



General Performance

The DS918+ same as the RS820+ 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. Unlike the RS820+ this box has the Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz) processor. Another key difference between the RS820+ is RAM. DS918+ arrives with 4GB RAM. Size of 4GB makes DS918+ the best regards to RAM capacity.

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. 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 DS918+ 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.

Price And Warranty

This box comes with 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Synology is £356.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit RS820+.


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