The Synology DS716+II vs WD My Cloud Pro PR2100 – The Synology V WD Plex NAS Comparison

Does the Synology DS716+ or the WD My Cloud PR2100 NAS deserve your data?

plex diagram nasBoth these two Quad-Core Intel NAS devices from the giants of Western Digital and Synology are really peeking your interest for you next Plex NAS or ideal NAS server. However which one deserves your data? Both the Synology DS716+II NAS Server and the WD My Cloud PR2100 are great NAS devices that include and cover a whole host of features. Both units are:

  • DLNA Certified
  • Both feature hardware suitable for Plex Media Servers (working well upto 720P)
  • Both can be used for Backup Images
  • Both support migration with 3rd Party Cloud Services
  • Both support jbod, raid 0, 1, 5, 6 AND 10
  • Both are compatible with Windows and Mac Environments
  • Both have multiple IOS and Android Apps available
  • Both have Multi-Lingual Language Support
  • Synology uses a Btrfs
  • WD uses a EXT 4 internal File System
  • Both have low power, hibernation and fan control

Which NAS has the best Hardware?

Model Name

The Synology DS716+II NAS

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The WD PR2100 NAS



£321 ex.VAT – 2GB


£400 ex.VAT – 4GB 

CPU Model Intel Celeron N3160 Intel Pentium N3710
CPU Architecture 64-bit 64- bit
CPU Frequency Quad-core 1.6GHz, burst up to 2.24GHz  Quad Core 1.6 burst up to 2.56 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI) AES-NI AES-256
Hardware Transcoding Engine H.264 (AVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30 H.264 (AVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1;

 maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160)

 maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30

8th generation Intel HD Graphics gpu


System Memory 2 / 8 GB DDR3 4GB
Drive Bay(s) 2 2
Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit 7 N/A
Compatible Drive Type (See all supported drives) ·         3.5″ SATA III / SATA II HDD

·         2.5″ SATA III / SATA II HDD

·         2.5″ SATA III / SATA II SSD

·         3.5″ SATA III / SATA II HDD

·         2.5″ SATA III / SATA II HDD

·         2.5″ SATA III / SATA II SSD

Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 20 TB (10 TB HDD x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) 16 TB (8 TB HDD x 2) (Capacity may vary

by RAID types)

No full confirmation on 10TB Ironwolf NAS drives

Maximum Raw Capacity with Expansion Units 70 TB (8 TB HDD x 9) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) N/A
USB 2.0 Port 0 0
USB 3.0 Port 3 (1 touch copy button) 2 (1 touch copy button)
eSATA Port 1 0
Internal Drives ·         Btrfs

·         EXT4

·         EXT4
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support) 2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
Noise Level* 19.4 dB(A)  19.7 dB(A)
Read and Write 226MB/s Read

141 MB/s Write

202 MB/s Read

198 MB/s Write

Warranty 3 Years 2 Years

How and where do I sign up for Plex? How much does Plex Cost?

The Plex Application for your NAS, Mac, PC, Android device is free and available in the NAS App store, iTunes and Google Playstore at no additional cost, though the free apps, though serving as an excellent introduction, will soon feel limited and we advise that if you upgrade to the Plex Pass subscription service for vastly improved options and add-ons. To begin setting up your Plex Media Server, you will need to head over to Plex and set up your account (use the below link) so you can have all your movie, TV show, music, and photo collections at your fingertips. Anywhere you go, on the devices you love.


If however you wish to skip straight to the good stuff and set up your Plex Pass Membership immediately so you can get your Plex Media Server at 100%, use the link below to take walk you through setting up your Plex Pass today!

PLex Pass for your NAS Mac PC Android Roku Chromecast Amazon fire Media 2


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