Synology DS1019+ vs DS918+ NAS Comparison

How does the newly announced Synology DS1019+ NAS compare with the DS918+ NAS?

If you were one of the many people watching the Synology Solution Exhibition in Taipei this week, then you would have no doubt noticed a brand new flagship 5-Bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) server was announced, the rather interesting DS1019+ NAS. Mere minutes after discussed this here on NASCompares, SPANTV and the NASCompares YouTube, you guys started to immediately ask about how this unit compares with the DS918+ release late last year. More precisely you asked four questions over and over. Below is the best answer I can give to all questions. I will try to keep this updated and add questions as they come. Lastly, do remember to check out the specifications comparison at the bottom of the page. It is pretty impressive how close these two are.

Synology DS918+ or DS1019+ NAS, Which is better?

Better is an incredibly relative term. One persons ‘perfect’ is another persons ‘annoying’. Here is each way to measure it:

Synology DS918+ or DS1019+ NAS – Storage Space

If you want to know which is best for storage, then definitely the DS1019+. It is more than just an additional HDD/SSD Bay meaning bigger overall capacity. The more bays you have to mean that you will have more storage after a RAID 6 or SHR-2. Likewise, more bays means you can populate a NAS with smaller drives and often get the same overall capacity as a smaller box with bigger expensive drives (before and after RAID). Both the DS918+ and the DS1019+ have NVMe slots built into their base for excellent caching options.

Synology DS918+ or DS1019+ NAS – Power and Speed

There is almost no difference in terms of processing and output between these two. They have the same CPU and Memory Options. Likewise, both have dual fans, dual USB 3.0, expandable with the DX517, hot swap bays and all the same features and functionality of the DSM 6.2 software. So in terms of power, there is barely anything in it at all!

Synology DS918+ or DS1019+ NAS – Noise and Power Consumption

It will come as no surprise that the Synology DS1019+ will consume a pinch more power in almost every way. Nothing huge and it will, of course, be dependent on your individual usage of the device, but it will be a pinch more of a footprint in your environment. Same goes for noise, the difference will be small indeed (and again, depending on your HDD choice, this will play its part) but if you have narrowed your choice to these two NAS devices, there is little or nothing in it to be a concern.

How much will the Synology DS1019+ NAS Cost?

There is no confirmed cost, but we can certainly make an educated guess. Typically the cost of the Synology NAS range, when comparing like-for-like hardware, ends up being around 40-50 pounds extra per drive. However given that at launch the DS1019+ will be a good chunk of time since the release of the DS918+, I think we will be looking at a price around £500+ ex.VAT at the time of release. This is, of course, TBC, but that would sit well in the price chain between the DS918+ and the DS1517+.

Is the DS1019+ replacing the DS918+ NAS?

It would be easy to assume that the DS1019+ will be the replacement for the DS918+ in autumn, HOWEVER, I do not think this will be the case. The DS918+ (much like the DS916+ before it) is incredibly popular. This is not just because of a good CPU and Memory inside, but because 4-Bays of RAID storage is very much the consumer ‘sweet-spot’ and to ditch the DS918+ for a 5-Bay would be a bit unappealing to a number of NAS buyers worldwide. That said, keep your eyes peeled for any NAS called a DS419+. If they announce that (subscribe here to NASCompares to stay up to date), then it may well be game over for the DS918+.

Should I buy the DS918+ now, or wait till the release of the DS1019+ NAS?

Right now if you need a solid, powerful, affordable and reliable NAS, you should DEFINITELY buy the DS918+ NAS. It is by far one of the best NAS of 2017 and 2018. We have no solid release date on the DS1019+ and it will most likely not be until Autumn 2018. Given just how similar the DS918+ and DS1019+ are in terms of hardware and software, it just isn’t worth waiting for the 5-Bay right now for such a tiny advantage. Bottom line, if you need a NAS in the next few months, buy the DS918+ NAS. If you are reading this is September or October 2018 – Different story!

How to the Specifications of the Synology DS1019+ and DS918+ NAS compare?

Below are the hardware and software specifications of both the Synology DS1019+ and DS918+ NAS. As you will see, they are INCREDIBLY similar:

Model Synology DS1019+ 5-Bay NAS Synology DS918+ 4-Bay NAS
Hardware Specifications of the DS1019+ vs DS918+
CPU
CPU Model Intel Celeron J3455 Intel Celeron J3455
CPU Architecture 64-bit 64-bit
CPU Frequency Quad Core 2.4 GHz Quad Core 1.5 burst up to 2.3 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI) YES YES
Hardware Transcoding Engine H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30 H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30
Memory
System Memory 4 GB DDR3L 4 GB DDR3L
Memory Module Pre-installed 4GB (1 x 4GB) 4GB (1 x 4GB)
Total Memory Slots 2 2
Memory Expandable up to 8 GB (4 GB x 2) 8 GB (4 GB x 2)
Storage
Drive Bays 5 4
Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit 10 9
M.2 NVMe Drive Slots 2 2
Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD
  • M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD
  • M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 60 TB (12 TB drive x 5) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) 48 TB (12 TB drive x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Raw Capacity with Expansion Units 120 TB (60 TB + 12 TB drive x 5) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) 108 TB (48 TB + 12 TB drive x 5) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size
  • 108 TB
  • 108 TB
Hot Swappable Drive
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support) 2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
USB 3.0 Port 2 2
eSATA Port 1 1
File System
Internal Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
External Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT*
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT*
Notes
  • exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.
  • exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.
Warranty 3 Year Hardware Warranty 3 Year Hardware Warranty

DSM 6.2 Specifications of the DS1019+ vs DS918+
Storage Management
Maximum Internal Volume Number 512 512
Maximum iSCSI Target Number 32 32
Maximum iSCSI LUN 256 256
iSCSI LUN Clone/Snapshot, Windows ODX YES YES
SSD Read/Write Cache (White Paper) YES YES
Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • Basic
  • JBOD
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • Basic
  • JBOD
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
RAID Migration
  • Basic to RAID 1
  • Basic to RAID 5
  • RAID 1 to RAID 5
  • RAID 5 to RAID 6
  • Basic to RAID 1
  • Basic to RAID 5
  • RAID 1 to RAID 5
  • RAID 5 to RAID 6
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • JBOD
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 5
  • JBOD
  • RAID 6 (with Expansion Unit)
Global Hot Spare Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6 (with Expansion Unit)
  • RAID 10 (with Expansion Unit)
File Sharing Capacity
Maximum Local User Accounts 2048 2048
Maximum Local Groups 256 256
Maximum Shared Folder 512 512
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 8 8
 
Antivirus by McAfee (Trial) YES YES
Central Management System YES YES
Chat YES YES
Maximum Users 1500 1500
Document Viewer
Download Station
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks 80 80
Drive
Maximum Number of Synced Files 1,000,000 / single file reaction time 437 ms 500,000 / single file reaction time 362 ms
Maximum Number of Concurrent Connections for PC Clients 550 450
Notes
  • The Btrfs file system was used for the purpose of testing.
  • The maximum number of concurrent connections refers to the maximum number of connections that could be maintained when the maximum number of synced files was reached.
  • File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 10KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.
  • The Btrfs file system was used for the purpose of testing.
  • The maximum number of concurrent connections refers to the maximum number of connections that could be maintained when the maximum number of synced files was reached.
  • File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 10KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.
exFAT Access (optional) YES YES
MailPlus / MailPlus Server YES YES
Free Email Accounts 5 (Licenses required for additional accounts) 5 (Licenses required for additional accounts)
Recommended MailPlus Client Number Up to 90 (btrfs) / 90 (ext4) Up to 90 (Btrfs) / 90 (ext4)
Media Server YES YES
DLNA Compliance YES YES
Moments YES YES
Facial recognition YES YES
Subject recognition YES YES
Office YES YES
Maximum Users 1800 1800
Snapshot Replication YES YES
Maximum Snapshots per Shared Folder 1024 1024
Maximum Snapshots of all Shared Folder 65536 65536
Surveillance Station YES YES
Maximum IP cam (Licenses required) 40 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras) 40 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264)* 1200 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
840 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
550 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
300 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
180 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
1200 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
840 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
550 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
300 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
180 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Total FPS (H.265)* 1200 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
1200 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
900 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
550 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
300 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
1200 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
1200 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
900 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
550 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
300 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Total FPS (MJPEG)* 720 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
500 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
330 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
200 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
720 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
500 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
330 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
200 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
Video Station
Video Transcoding 4K & 1080p 4K & 1080p
Maximum Transcoding Channel Number
  • 2 channel, 30 FPS @ 4K (4096 x 2160), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC) or
    2 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC)/MPEG-2/VC-1
  • 2 channel, 30 FPS @ 4K (4096 x 2160), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC) or
    2 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC)/MPEG-2/VC-1
Virtual Machine Manager YES YES
Maximum Virtual DSM Number (Licenses required) 4 (including 1 Free License) 4 (including 1 Free License)
VPN Server YES YES
Maximum Connections 20 20

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