Compare Qnap Desktop NAS TS-453B-8G 4-Bay RAID (8GB RAM) AND Synology DiskStation NAS DS918+ 4-Bay (4GB RAM)


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TS-453B-8G
IBQ-453B-8G
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£559.00 ex.VAT
£670.80 inc.VAT
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DS918+
IBSY-918P
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£445.00 ex.VAT
£534.00 inc.VAT
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General

Stock code
IBQ-453B-8G
IBSY-918P
Brand
Qnap
Synology
Series
Desktop NAS
DiskStation NAS
Model
TS-453B-8G
DS918+
Type
4-Bay RAID (8GB RAM)
4-Bay (4GB RAM)
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
20/03/2017
30/05/2017

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
168 x 170 x 226 mm
166x199x223 mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
2.5"
RAM/Cache
8GB
4GB
Guarantee
2yr
3yr
Processor
Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz)
Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz)
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
2132
2153
Total Drives
4
4
Total Drives (alternate)
4
4
RAID
0:1:5:6:JBOD:
0:1:5:6:
RAID Levels
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10

Connections

PORTS SUMMARY
2X HDMI
2X LAN
1X PCIe v2 x2
4X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
1X USB-C
5X 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 to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
SATA to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
Physical
Colour
Black
Black
Weight (kg)
4kg
4kg
Weight (bare)
2.33kg
2.28kg
Watts
7.83W
Watts (Idle)
4.25W
Shock (Operating)
70g/2ms
Shock (Non-Operating)
250g/2ms
Reviews
Qnap Desktop NAS

TS-453B-8G


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Our Review: 5/5
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Price ex.VAT:£559.00
Price inc.VAT:£670.80



8.3

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 8.00

FEATURES rating score 9.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 8.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
Qnap TS-453B-8G PROS

designThis great NAS for 2017 is easily a stand out model in terms of ability and hardware inside. But one factor that is often a controversial one is the chassis. For many the fact the TS-453B casing is mostly plastic is a put off. However it still maintains an excellent temperature, low noise and with the removable front panel (much like the Synology DS216+II) it is a closed system. Until you need access to the tooless HDD trays and hot swapping occasionally. In this way the TS-453B is as versatile and able as any other NAS
featuresWhen I first saw the specs and connections of this NAS I was genuinely impressed by it's covering of numerous NAS applications and tasks. Only the TS-453A has ever left me equally impressed in terms of Cost vs Value of hardware. I cannot recommend it enough. With features like Dual HDMI, DUAL LAN, PCIe Slot, SD Card reader, Quick Connect DAS, one touch USB 3.0 Copy, Hot Swapping, new and improved remote control and more. This is fast becoming the home and SMB NAS to beat in 2017!
performanceUsing the new Intel Celeron J series CPU and 4/8GB of RAM means that it will handle most of the popular NAS tasks required of it. Functions, services and applications like Plex, Kodi over HDMI in Linux Station, VMs, standalone surveillance, all RAID levels, DLNA support, apple time machine, Mac and Windows full RTRRR, QVR Pro Beta are all possible with the TS-453B and can be set up quickly and easily.
valueArriving with the ability to do almost any currently generation NAS task, the TS-453B is certainly in our top 5 4-Bay NAS servers of 2017. If you need a NAS to do that tasks you need and want to ensure you get the most for your money, look no further than this plucky little 4-Bay NAS from QNAP.
Qnap TS-453B-8G CONS

designDespite the NAS doing everything you need, some will prefer the metal chassis and tray design of the QNAP TS-453A.
featuresOnly 2x LAN on this 4-Bay NAS, but you can add more with the PCIe. Aside from that and the lack of a Thunderbolt 3 connectivity option for MacBook Pro users are the only faults I can find.
performanceMany more advanced PC users will want to consider devices featuring i5 and i7 Intel CPU NAS servers as they have 1 or 2 very high end tasks in mind. Though the TS-453B is a fantastic device, it is designed to do many, many things well. If you have 1 or 2 things that need to be done to an enterprise standard, maybe look at the TVS-473.
valueAgain, those with 4K File editing on the fly, Thunderbolt connectivity and enterprise level use in mind, maybe spend the extra £500-2000 and buy a TVS-1282 from QNAP NAS.



General Performance

The TS-453B-8G unlike the DS918+ 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-453B-8G to your needs. Same as the DS918+ this box has the Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz) processor. Another key difference between the DS918+ is RAM. TS-453B-8G arrives with 8GB RAM. The TS-453B-8G 8GB RAM compared with DS918+ 4GB is clearly weaker.

About Connections

At the back of the box you will find HDMI port which will let you connect it to TV or monitor. In this case you are not limited to network speeds. You might be interested in audio output ports. With TS-453B-8G you can build a personal karaoke system with high-quality audio output. TS-453B-8G built in SD card slot is going to be just what you need if you are photographer or making YouTube videos. It allows you to plug your SD card directly from your camera into a NAS for quick footage transfer. PCIe port is new feature in desktop NAS market. You can utilise it by adding M.2 SSD for caching or adding 10Gbe fast network card for faster data transfer speed. 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. USB-C gives you this 10Gbps speed for quick backups or simple data transfers. It is new - universal connection which allows to connect to different systems like MAC and Windows. Six 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. 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 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £559.00.
Synology DiskStation NAS

DS918+


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Our Review: 5/5
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Price ex.VAT:£445.00
Price inc.VAT:£534.00



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+ unlike the TS-453B-8G 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. Same as the TS-453B-8G this box has the Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz) processor. Another key difference between the TS-453B-8G is RAM. DS918+ arrives with 4GB RAM. The DS918+ 4GB RAM compared with TS-453B-8G 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. 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. Despite TS-453B-8G has better warranty, it is still good to know that you have your three years of no worries manufacturer cover. This Synology is £114.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit TS-453B-8G.


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