Form Factor / Drive Height
188.2 × 199.3 × 279.6 mm
Intel Pentium G5400T 3.1GHz 2-core
Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz, burst up to 2.3GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
Total Drives (alternate)
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
designPacked with all the tools you need - LCD panel for a quick view and an easy plastic hot-swap trays. Port wise, there are the typical HDMI, USB/Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports. All nicely packed into a 4bay chassis.
featuresPentium CPU allows for better performance for workflow and Plex. Expandable RAM allows for VM's and ThunderBolt 3 is great for editors. NVMe M.2 for fast storage or caching to take advantage of the ThunderBolt 3. Streaming and Plex should have no issues with this unit
performanceA very powerful unit for a 4bay - 10GbE and Thunderbolt 3 coupled with the M.2 NVMe SSD makes for a fast storage device. Compact with all the main features you need. able to handle heavy tasks that other 4bay will struggle with.
valueThunderbolt 3, 10gbe with NVMe is hard to find in this range and will provide the performance that Thunderbolt/10GBe users expect. A great all-in-one package that will suit most business and media users. There is also some expandability with a spare PCIe slot allowing for more 10GbE cards or NVMe.
designAs it is so compact - changing the RAM and M.2 SSD’s are very tricky
featuresIt doesn't have more options for CPU's as you have great hardware in the NVMe and Thunderbolt 3 but only 1 option for CPU.
performancePentium CPU lets this packaged down, would be perfect with i3 CPU
valuePricey for a 4bay as 6bay would allow for bigger Pcie cards and more storage, as well with the option of i3 CPU
General PerformanceThe TVS-472XT-PT-4G 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 TVS-472XT-PT-4G to your needs. 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 Pentium G5400T 3.1GHz 2-core processor. Just like the DS918+ this box has 4GB RAM.
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. With three LAN ports this box is making good enterprise level NAS. Four 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. 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.
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 £1,022.00.
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.
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 PerformanceThe DS918+ unlike the TVS-472XT-PT-4G 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 TVS-472XT-PT-4G this box has the Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz, burst up to 2.3GHz processor. Just like the TVS-472XT-PT-4G this box has 4GB RAM.
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 TVS-472XT-PT-4G has better warranty, it is still good to know that you have your three years of no worries manufacturer cover. This Synology is £604.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit TVS-472XT-PT-4G.