New Synology DS1522+ NAS Coming in 2022

New Synology DS1522+ NAS Drive Revealed

Good news for anyone who has been sitting comfortably (or uncomfortably, depending on your storage needs of course) waiting on news of Synology NAS solutions for 2022, with the reveal of a new 5-Bay solution from the brand – the Synology DS1522+ NAS Drive. Now, serving as the likely refresh to the almost two years old DS1520+ (a HUGELY overlooked NAS in my opinion) this new desktop NAS changes ALOT of things that we assumed that a product in the 5-Bay product series from Synology would serve up in a new release. Big, BIG changes in the CPU, max memory quantity and quality, upgradeability and more are featured here. So much so in fact that these changes will arguably result in a big change in how this system is classed in the Synology portfolio. Big words, I know. Bit lets breakdown all the information we know about this new DS1522+ NAS drive and why I think this system could indicate a big upheaval in how the brand scales it’s diskstation (and indeed rackstation) series.


More information has become available on the Synology E10G22-T1-Mini adapter for the DS1522+ NAS. I have updated this article with new images and a little more information on this adapter.

Synology DS1522+ NAS – Hardware Specifications

This is where we have seen some large changes to form from the big name in NAS, with the Synology DS1522+ NAS arriving with a brand new NAS series CPU and in turn, that processor opening a large number of doors to the end-user to scale the system in its lifespan. The first notable upgrade in this 5-Bay NAS refresh is the CPU, with the DS1522+ arriving with a brand-new AMD Ryzen R1600. This is not the first embedded Ryzen series processor that Synology has featured on their hardware. with the DS1621+, DS2422+ and DS1821+ all arriving with a Ryzen V1500B. However, this new dual-core processor is a significant change of architecture when compared again the Intel J4125 that was featured in the DS1520+. Also, the R1600 processor in the DS1522+ is not the V version (i.e the one with embedded graphics) meaning that Synology has geared this system more towards higher business-class file transit. However, the DS1522+’ Ryzen 1600 processor has an impressive clock speed of 2.6Ghz as a base, that can be burst/turbo’ to 3.1Ghz. This is further underlined by the system arriving with DDR4 ECC memory (something previously reserved for the solid SMB class and above. The default DS1522+ arrives with 8GB of DDR4 ECC SODIMM memory that can be upgraded to 32GB over two slots. This is another big upgrade over the 8GB max of the DS1520+ NAS.

However, the thing that interests me the MOST about this system is a neat little extra slot that the DS1522+ arrives with on the rear. Alongside the 4 ethernet ports (1GbE – which really surprised me! With so many of us banking on 2.5GbE) there is a small slot that allows you to install an optional and proprietary E10G22-T1-Mini 10GbE Module. This means that 1, this 5-bay system can have 10GbE connectivity added down the line and 2, that this could potentially be a feature that will be made available to other Synology plus series diskstation systems in 2022 and 2023. Now, I am not completely in love with the idea of this connection being added via a proprietary add on that is likely physically specific to Synology NAS, however, there is every chance that this is the case due to reasons of physical space on the system and PCI lane limitations.

The Synology E10G20-T1-Mini adapter arrives as a PCIe Gen 3 x2 micro upgrade and slots directly into the back of the NAS (though you will need to power off the system, as PCIe does not support hot-swapping really), The controller used by the adapter is still yet to be confirmed, but the heatsink covering it is very discreet. The 10GbE connection that the E10G20-T1-Mini is copper 10GBASE-T, provides supports full-duplex use, 9K jumbo frames and auto-negotiation (so it can support 10G, 5G, 2.5G and 1G ethernet connectivity dynamically). The full size of the adapter is just 2.67cm x 4.53cm x 7.57cm and arrives with a 3-year warranty. We are still awaiting confirmation at the time of writing regarding pricing and availability.

Alongside these big changes, the DS1522+ then features some slightly more family features and services to this particular Synology NAS series. It arrives with 5 SATA storage bays, that can be expanded to a total of 15 SATA storage bays by connecting two DX517 expansion chassis. Additionally, there is continued support of m.2 NVMe SSD caching bays, with the system arriving with two 2280 bays in the base of the system. Synology DSM 7.1 continues to improve the ways in which the system can take advantage of caching and although I fully expected this to continue to be a feature in the 5-Bay series moving forward, I am please that this NAS features these bays AND the option of adding 10GbE in the systems life. Let’s dig down a little deeper into those specifications:

CPU Model AMD Ryzen R1600
CPU Quantity 1
CPU Architecture 64-bit
CPU Frequency 2-core 2.6 (base) / 3.1 (burst) GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI) Yes, AES-NI
System Memory 8 GB ECC DDR4 SODIMM over 2 Slots
Memory Module Pre-installed 32 GB
Drive Bays 5
Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit 15 (DX517 x 2)
M.2 Drive Slots 2 (NVMe) 2280
Hot Swappable Drive Yes
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 4 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port 2
Network Expansion 1x Supported E10G22-T1-Mini 10GbE Module over PCIe 3×2
eSATA Port 2
File System
Internal Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
External Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 166 mm x 230 mm x 223 mm
Weight 2.7 kg
System Fan 92 mm x 92 mm x 25mm x 2 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode

Now, one question that many users have regarding future Synology NAS releases is regarding support of hard drives. Synology has been changing a few things in the 2022 releases so far, with several higher business and enterprise-class systems arriving with the full support of all the DSM storage services only being available when using their own drive media. Now, you can still use 3rd party hard drive and SSD media in these previously 22 series NAS releases, but these drives result in the end-user being informed that they are using an unsupported configuration, labelling the storage in the notifications with a warning and some features that are available to the Synology drive media in DSM not being present to drives from the likes of WD and Seagate. You still have SMART, schedule health checks and you can form pools, volumes etc. But users would still like to know what the compatibility of the DS1522+ NAS will be. In the specifications I have gone through, one interesting part was:

Optional Upgrades to the DS1522+ NAS

  • DDR4 ECC SOIMM: D4ES02-8G / D4ES01-16G
  • Synology Network Upgrade Module: E10G22-T1-Mini
  • M.2 2280 NVMe SSD: SNV3400 series
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD: SAT5200 series
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD: HAT5300 series

This is not unusual, the Synology Diskstaiton series. Previous Synology NAS releases have listed optional upgrades and accessories for their systems. But only recently have I seen them list their 3.5″ and 2.5″ storage media in this category. Of course, these ARE clearly listed as ‘optional‘ and this is NOT any kind of indication of HDD compatibility on the DS1522+. But it did give me the tiniest pause for thought.

Synology DS1522+ NAS – Release Date and Price

Although we have lots of information on the hardware specifications of the Synology DS1522+ NAS and details on the design, when it comes to release details and possible pricing, there is little to no information at the time of writing. Synology has always tried to match the price of the predecessor unit in a series in their portfolio (maybe increasing 2-3% on the RRP factoring in inflation, component price increases. With that in mind, expect something around the $700-800 price tag – but again, that is MASSIVELY TBC! Regarding release dates, as this system has the ’22 model ID, that tends to mean that the system will arrive before the end of July/August at the very latest. That said, I think this system will drop a good while before that and I assume somewhere in the 2nd half of Q2 (May/June). There are a few more Synology bits to discuss coming shortly, so do remember to subscribe or bookmark as more new information is published. Cheers for reading and have a lovely week!




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    82 thoughts on “New Synology DS1522+ NAS Coming in 2022

    1. Hi gang! Just to let you know, there have been a few more bits of information on the DS1522+ revealed (mainly regarding the adapter). I have updated the news article with info and images, so you can find it here –

    2. I still have a DS1512+ that is primarily used to house our Plex collection. Maybe I am missing something, but I don’t really see a need to upgrade other than age. Still can’t transcode because of very limited processing. I will still need a separate computer to run Plex media server. As some others are saying, maybe time to branch out and see what else is out there.

    3. I know people wanted 10Gbe on small NAS box,
      but saturating that 10Gbe needs at least 2 SATA SSDs, or 6 HDDs,
      32GB ram option is nice, but such feature being primarily used by VMs is killed by only 2-core cpu,
      if this is the new “entry-level” NAS by Synology (something like replacement for DS420+) where Synology manages to outpace competition having one more drive slot at price of 4-bay unit, it could be an awesome deal, I doubt it will though

    4. Guys, any good tutorial on how to upgrade a Synology with a USB 2.5Gbe dongle please? I don’t really know if I need 1 or 2 (laptop + nas?) and where I should plug these dongles… Thanks!

    5. Guys, I think you are very harsh with Synology. This unit looks peeeeeeerfect for someone like me who doesn’t know much about the limitations of the new model… That said my DS214+ is showing its age and I need a replacement. I guess the ds922+ will suck if the ds1522+ is supposed to be a higher spec model…

    6. I have a DS1517+ and really appreciate your work here, but agree with others, this isn’t an attractive NAS for owners looking to upgrade. Especially with how they used a different 10Gbe form factor. An expensive card I can’t migrate, too bad.

    7. Time for the CTO of Synology to retire, he has lost touch with their consumer+ market. I have four Synology NASses was always happy but when my ds2015xs+ of six years back costing less than €1100 already had standard two 10Gbe SFP+ ports, yes standard out of the box, why do we in 2022 still get this lame 1Gbe ports? Also thinking about going for the supermicro boards but currently they are unobtanium.

    8. Will be interesting to see what the 10G module will cost, but considering the E10G18-T1 is 150€ I imagine the new will cost at least that much, properly making the box way to expensive compared to the alternatives.

    9. 5 bay and above should all have at least 2GbE these days in my opinion.
      Synology, Give us an 8 bay with plex transcoding friendly cpu, at least 1x 2GbE port, ports to add another 1 or 2 expansion bays later on.
      I’d buy it tomorrow to replace DS 1019+ that has served me well.

    10. I bought into the asustor family which doesn’t seem to have had any new releases for two years. Is asustor dead? Are they likely to release any new 8 bays? I’ll be looking to upgrade my nimbustor 4.

    11. pls can you comment on recent DSM 7.1 upgrade which breaks all unofficial modules compatibility ? I tested DS220+ and DS1821+ and both Kingston and Crucial memory modules are not working anymore /blue lights/. All was fine on DSM 6 and 7.01. If its true than we have bigger problem that 2 core Ryzen and no 2.5GB on new models….

    12. Lots of people whine about the 1gb port but honestly? There is almost no 2.5gb router with more than one port out there so it’s effectively useless for most people and if you want faster networking and are willing to buy a switch etc… 10gb is just much better. I am also not too mad about the missing gpu the 1500b of the 1621 can transcode a ton with pure power. However… TWO CORES? Are you serious? I get that they are 3.1 compared to 2.2 for the 1500b. However still that seems underwhelming any benchmarks out?

    13. Do you think this signals that the 922+ is going to be Ryzen as well? Good lord I hope not, as my only wishes were a Celeron processor and 2.5 gbe. If the 922+ is Ryzen also, I’ll be passing these Synology releases over. I had planned on buying a 1522+, but no Quick Sync is a deal breaker.

    14. Banging my head against the wall. I am having a 916+ and was waiting for 922+/1522+ to have a powerful CPU/GPU for Plex, Surveillance, various docker images, virtual machines etc. This one seems like a hit and miss from Synology, they do not seem to understand the pro-sumers wishes. Maybe it is time to change to QNAP to get some proper hardware specs.

    15. Crap….

      Been a synology user since 2009..
      Now its over for me aswell.

      This “DRM” are taking it too FAR!
      DS216+II (8GB)

      Not gonna buy the DS1621+ that ive been eyeballing for a while now.
      Maybe gonna put 2 large HDDS in my 216+II and call it, DONE!
      Check if i can find a used or new DX513/ DX517 for a decent money.
      And after that NO MORE SYNOLOGY for me, NOR will i EVER again recommend synology to anyone..

      bah.. never mind .. gonna sell my DS216+II .
      And build a OPMV server for my self aswell.

      i3 10105 + Mini-ITX – mobo (socket 1200)+ 16gb ram + LSI 9702 i8 + Fractal Define R6 or R7 (remove the door for improved ventilation 10+ drive bays) and a 450-500 watt psu
      A 250-500gb SSD + a bunch of 3.5″ drives and some Fractal fans aswell for Silence!
      Software = Open media vault.

      + I can use ANY HDD on it!
      + It works just as great as syno but MORE expandable.
      + Dont cost an arm and a leg !
      + Are more powerful.
      + No DSM that puts limits on WHAT HDD to use.
      + Can also use a HBA card with more drive connections if i want to.
      + Can us ATX board and use dual LSI card aswell.
      + Have ALOT more choises aswell such as 2.5gbps or intel Dual 10gb port card (x550) IF i want to.

      – Its bigger than Syno and uses a bit more power than Syno.
      – well, not as pretty as a syno box.
      – Uses a tad more power.
      – Just a bit more work to setup but is quite easy to get running.

      It is what it is..

    16. I’ve been stretching my DS to the bitter end in anticipation of the 922+. I’ve planned a full home network upgrade starting this summer, unfortunately it sounds like the DS922+ is already outdated tech before it’s even announced … i’ll hang on a few more months but it looks like a goodbye to Synology.

    17. Jesus.. They really have gone full retard now haven’t they. Still 1 Gbe, proprietary 10 Gbe expansion module. Dual core CPU (and no transcoding capability). And I see a Synology-only HDD soft limitation around the corner too.

    18. Huge fail on the network side. They could have spent a more dollars on 2.5 but they want to force you into an overpriced 10gbe. Sfp+ is more common then 10gbe on the switch side sand cheaper. I was waiting for this announcement, now I can’t start ordering my truenas components.

    19. Shipping a system like this in 2022 with 1GBe on it out of the box and not 2.5GBe? C’mon. Sure, you can do 10GBe but it’s literally a proprietary add-on so they’re trying to get more money out of you for that… I’d rather have 2x network ports at 2.5GBe instead of 4x 1GBe or the option for 10GBe for even more money.

      Give me a 4-6 bay system at a reasonable price 2.5GBe out of the box and it’s an insta-buy.

    20. Only 2 cores? 1Gbe by default? Optional 10Gbe will eat that CPU, so forget about having VMs or docker. OS is good, but Synology wants to lock out their OS to system that will have to be upgraded earlier because of lower HW specs. ECC memory is great, although i would think it might serve the purpose to eliminate cheap RAM upgrades. People that run DSM on their own HW must laugh.

    21. Man Synology are really not reading the room with this one. I can see the 922+ doing the usual and copying the guts of this thing which seems to be a massive mistake. No 2.5gbe?! For so long everyone, including this channel, has said that we need to have it as a minimum as standard. I’ve wanted to upgrade my 418play for ages and was hoping the 2022 models were the way forward. This is seriously pushing me towards a QNAP alternative.

    22. I see a lot of people in the comments upset… but I don’t think they understand the market for these boxes.
      Any box below the DS16 series isn’t considered an SMB box. It’s a regular box for home users to use for their basic storage needs and as a media server.
      If you want SMB or even enterprise grade features, then spend the extra money to get a box that’s designed for it.
      Or just build your own and put TrueNAS on it and do whatever you want.

    23. wow, $600-800 is way cheaper than I expected – I figured this would go for like $1000 at least if it had a Ryzen in it. Even though I already have a 720+ as my media server, I’m definitely upgrading to this, as I’m already hitting the limit of what I can do with its Celeron chip.

    24. Suddently feeling a bit happier with my DS1520+ which has been serving me good for 1,5 years. It gets at least a season more. 2,5 GBE and a 4 core CPU could have convincet me to upgrade. Still waiting for SMB3 multichannel to make the 4 1GBE LAN ports usefull.

    25. This is the 22 series, what is so hard about the 10Gbe? Even would be happy with 2.5gbe. External proprietary card is not the answer. Also the worry about drive lockdown is real. Syno is really pushing their customers away.

    26. If the Ryzen CPU’s are going into more future Synology systems, there is going to be a run on the DS920+ for the Plex media server users who don’t want to risk waiting for a new model that lacks Intel Quick Sync Video abilities.

    27. Looking for an upgrade for 918+ , and really REALLY thought after a long wait that the 1522+ was going to be it. and now this. This is such a miss, plus we don’t yet know if they are going to force their mid range drives to be used on this model or not. I am now praying that they knock it out of the park with the 922+ , with embedded graphics at least 2.5gbe and honestly it would be really nice if they added an extra sata port. The ol’ plex server is getting beefy these days.

    28. Looking to replace an aging DS-1815+ and I’m sticking with Synology mainly for ease of migration. At least it has 4 ports and I can use link aggregation or get the 10 gbe upgrade later. Still would be nice to have 2.5 gbe for future proofing! ????

    29. So no video acceleration, and still stuck on GbE? shm

      By the time you get a 10+ port LACP switch and quad nic for your desktop you’re talking another £200, probably have to put up with switch fans, all because Synology hate being sensible with hardware.

      And is that Plex ‘beta’ package going to get catch up with this decade at any point?

      They could so easily knock it out of the park with an ’18 series chassis’, a <=35W TDP i3/i5, 2xDDR4 SO-DIMM slots, 2xNVMe slots, 2x2.5GbE nics. It would be glorious. But instead we get this stinker. Sorry to be such a negative-nelly, I just get so frustrated with Synology these days. I'd be better off throwing together an ITX NAS of my own and save myself a whole lot of hassle in the process.

    30. It’s disgraceful to say at least. 5 bay plus model not having at least one 2.5 gbe port only means that value series will stick to 1 gbe but without any upgrade ability. And I was looking forward (naively) for a DS422 to replace my DS414. Shame.

    31. Despite the VERY elegant OS, and much more aesthetic and efficient designs, QNAP crushes Synology in every performance and value metric. I have loved my Synology machines, but is it that hard to put in an i3, GPU passthrough, and 10 Gbe in a $1200 machine? Not for QNAP! So, while I would prefer a Synology on my shelf, because it is by far my favorite OS and ecosystem, last 3-4 years, I have purchased two QNAPs, and this year it will be a 3rd. IOPS over elegance, any day!

    32. This is a miss for me.

      2.5GBe and embedded gfx, unless the add on card can support 2.5 and 5gbe.

      Memory flexibility nice for docker. GPU missing, not so much.

      Really concerned about the rest of this year’s plus range.

      The plus is my home work horse.

    33. Maybe I don’t get who this is for. Business users are going to want, at least, 2.5 Gbe. Home users are probably going to want embedded graphics. Even running a VM is going to be difficult with only two cores as Ubuntu wants a minimum of two cores allocated to it.