Synology DS1522+ NAS – Should You Buy?

Synology DS1522+ NAS Drive – Should You Buy It?

Should the DS1522+ NAS from Synology be your next big tech purchase? With such a wide range of private server solutions on the market, it’s never been a better time to be a NAS buyer, looking to move your data away from a public cloud provider, or even to run them side-by-side as a 2-tier backup solution for your home or business needs! Synology has a tremendously diverse range of NAS solutions, but with the previous generation(s) of solutions in their portfolio now appearing on offer, as well as available at discount at 2nd hand eTailers – does the DS1522+ deserve your data? We already made a massive review on the Synology DS1522+ NAS HERE, but today I want to hit the Pros and Cons head-on and help you decide much quicker on whether this NAS is for you.

CPU: AMD Embedded Ryzen R1600 2-Core 2.6-3.1Ghz
SATA Bays: x5 SATA 3.5/2.5″ Bays
M.2 NVMe Bays: 2x PCIe Gen 3 Slot (DSM 7.2 = Caching Only, DSM 7.2 = Caching & Pools)
Network Ports: 2x 1GbE
PCIe Upgrade: Yes, Only for 10GbE Upgrade (E10G22-T1-mini)
Software Platform: DSM
Warranty: 3yr Warranty

5 Reasons the Synology DS1522+ is a Good NAS for You

So, first up, let’s discuss the high points! Here are the five reasons why the Synology DS1522+ NAS drive deserves your money and your data!

Note – if you are in a hurry, you can watch my ‘Synology DS1522+ – Before You Buy’ video HERE.

#1 – Runs Pretty Much EVERYTHING in Synology DSM

At Launch, the DS1522+ NAS arrives with the latest version of Synology software, DSM 7.1. However, this does not stop evolving as soon as you get your Synology NAS. DSM has been in continues to be the dominant force in the world of NAS software, providing a massive arrangement of services, applications (first and third-party supported) and a huge number of client applications for desktop, mobile, Windows, macOS and Linux (as well as a bunch of other more home-based tools). These allow management and access to the data on the DS1522+ in very tailored ways, as well as the web browser-based access that has the appearance, intuitive design and responsiveness of a local operating system. The DSM interface can be accessed by hundreds of users at the same time (with each user having tailored access, rights and privileges). DSM is available with ALL Synology NAS and the depth and abilities of DSM on any NAS are dependent on the hardware architecture of the NAS itself. In the case of the Synology DS1522+, it supports EVERYTHING that is offered by Synology’s platform. DSM is currently in version 7.1, but it looks like we will be seeing full release of DSM 7.2 at the end of 2022 or the start of 2023, which will be adding WORM (write Once Read Many) support, Volume scale encryption and numerous improvements to individual applications. If you want to learn about it, you can read the DSM 7 Full Review HERE.

As mentioned, the DS1522+ supports pretty much the entirety of the DSM 7.1 applications and services (DSM 7 and DSM 6.2 are still in circulation and still receive regular service and security updates, though the DS1522+ will arrive with DSM 7.1 by default and cannot be rolled back). If you are an existing user of SaaS and PaaS (Software as a service and Platform as a service) from the likes of Google Workspace and Office 365, knowing that you can synchronize these systems or choose to export away from them onto the Synology services is going to be very appealing. Then there is the increasing development of their 1st party cloud platform, Synology C2, which is slowly integrating into all the applications that are available on your bare metal NAS (allowing you to add a cloud layer of backup, synchronization and access to your data storage setup). This is a subscription platform, which can only be used with your Synology NAS system (as well as connected with some 3rd party SaaS services, but for those that are moving away from Google/Microsoft/AWS for security reasons, but still want a Cloud+Metal storage network in place, C2 covers pretty much everything. Indeed, although below I have highlighted a number of the key/best applications that are included in your DS1522+ Service with DSM, most of them can be immediately integrated with Synology C2  (with even more being added in 2023 with DSM 7.2). Key business and consumer applications that are included with your NAS are:

Synology Office – Create documents, spreadsheets, and slides in a multi-user environment. Real-time synchronization and saving make collaboration a breeze.

Synology Chat – Aimed at businesses, Synology Chat is an IM service that transforms the way users collaborate and communicate.

Synology Drive – Host your own private cloud behind the safety of your NAS with 100% data ownership and no subscription fees. Drive has become one of the premier applications of DSM and allows uses to create intelligent shared team folders that support versioning, file streaming+pinning, encryption, Windows AD support (soon) and native file system support with Windows and macOS.

Synology Photos – Manage your photos and videos with deep-learning algorithms that automatically group photos with similar faces, subjects, and places. Designed after the merger of Synology Photo Station and Moments, it also includes tailored folder, sharing and categorization features to help photographers manage their photos and share them with clients for feedback or business development.

Synology Calendar – Stay on track, share calendars, and schedule meetings, while ensuring sensitive information remains safely stored on company premises.

Synology Active Backup for Business (ABB) – Consolidate backup tasks for virtualized environments, physical servers, and personal computers, and rapidly restore files, entire machines, or VMs – license-free. This software also arrives as a specialised Microsoft Office 365 and Google Workspace platform to sync with those platforms and allow a bare metal tier to your cloud office services

Synology Hyper Backup – Backup your NAS safely and efficiently to multiple destinations with deduplication, integrity checks, compression, and versioning.

Synology Surveillance Station – Safeguard your business, home, and other valuable assets with reliable video surveillance tools. With improved AI services being accessible thanks to Synology BC500 and TC500 Cameras arriving in 2023. Additionally, you can connect this platform with Synology’s cloud platform to use ‘C2 Surveillance’ and bolster the odds of recordings being maintained in the event of accidental/malicious damage to your surveillance system.

Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) – An intuitive hypervisor that supports Windows, Linux, and Virtual DSM virtual machines. Its powerful disaster recovery tools help users achieve maximum service uptime.

Synology High Availability – Synology High Availability (SHA) combines two Synology NAS servers into one active-passive high-availability cluster, alleviating service disruptions while mirroring data.

Synology Central Management System (CMS) – Synology CMS allows you to manage multiple Synology NAS servers quickly and conveniently from a single location.

Synology Video Station – Manage all your movies, TV shows, and home videos. Stream them to multiple devices or share them with friends and family.

Synology Audio Station – Manage your music collection, create personal playlists, stream them to your own devices, or share with family or friends.

Synology File Station – Manage your Synology NAS files remotely through web browsers or mobile devices. This tool allows complete file management and contains all the features and services of your own native file management platform (archiving, extracting, Copy, Cut, Paste, Sharing, native file format opening, integration with the rest of the Synology applications, property/metadata access, etc)

You cannot really fault the software and services that are included with the Synology DS1522+ NAS, as you are going to get the very best experience available on the platform, thanks to the hardware and architecture of this NAS. DSM 7 is an ever-evolving platform, so if you are reading this now at the time of publishing or years later, there is always going to be something in DSM for everyone.

#2 – Support of SHR, BTRFS and Snapshots

The architecture of the DS1522+ is more than enough to allow you to choose EXT4 or BTRFS as the system’s file system, with the latter providing several benefits in terms of resource impact of snapshot creation and file integrity checks. Then there is the support of SHR. Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) is a type of RAID storage technology that is designed to provide flexibility, scalability, and advanced data protection. It allows you to use different sizes and types of hard drives to create a storage pool and adapts to the differences between the drives automatically. Unlike traditional RAID, which only allows you to utilize hard drives of the same size and type, SHR allows you to mix and match different sizes and types of drives to create a storage pool. It also automatically adjusts the storage configuration to ensure data integrity and optimize storage utilization. Additionally, SHR provides data redundancy with an error-correction algorithm with mixed drive use that is more advanced than traditional RAID. This means that it can protect your data even if one of the drives fails.

Synology’s BTRFS offers many advantages over the traditional EXT4 filesystem, such as increased storage space and data availability, as well as the ability to take frequent and scheduled backups. Snapshots are a major benefit of using BTRFS, as they allow you to easily take instant snapshots of an entire shared folder and clone it easily. This ensures data consistency and integrity, as well as the ability to recover from a hard drive failure or damage. The main advantage of using BTRFS is that it enables you to keep a schedule of hourly, daily, weekly and monthly snapshots. Although the DS1522+ NAS is not the first Synology NAS to allow BTRFS, Snapshot Replication and supporting SHR, it is still good that this is included in this compact package.

#3 – Wide Support/Compatibility of 3rd Party HDDs

Unlike a number of higher profile (i.e more powerful and expensive) NAS systems in the Synology NAS portfolio that have much stricter supported official HDD and SSD compatibility/support, the Synology DS1522+ supports pretty much everything you would expect! As long as it is SATA and 2.5/3.5″ – they will almost certainly appear on the SYnology compatibility lists. There is still talk of Synology releasing a standard class range of HDDs (to accompany their existing enterprise HDDs and SSD media), but if/when they do, they will likely always allow competitor 3rd party HDDs in the WD Red and Seagate Ironwolf NAS drive series to be used on value series NAS like the DS1522+. They DO only support upto 18TB at the time of writing across all supported HDD brands, likely down to Synology’s own drives currently capping at 18TB, but most buyers of the Synology Diskstation PlusNAS systems like this one were far less likely to install HDDs of this scale!

All that said, do keep in mind that the Hard Drives that you choose to use will make an impact on noise. Any NAS HDDs (WD Red or Seagate Ironwolf) of 8TB or lower capacity will be lovely and quiet (only really making noticeable noise in periods of high access frequency), but larger capacity HDDs or enterprise class/industrial built Hard Disks will make more ambient noise (vibration hum, clicks of the internal arm/actuator and spinning disk platters) and these will be easily noisier than the DS1522+ noise when in operation.

#4 – You Can Upgrade towards 10GbE

This was a feature in one form or another that users who have been looking at the expandable 4-Bay and 5-Bay diskstation series (DS918+, DS1019+, DS920+ and DS1520+) have been requesting for YEARS! The Synology DS1522+ NAS arrives with an upgrade slot on the rear of the chassis (PCIe Gen 3 x2) that allows the installation of a 10GbE (10GBASE-T) network upgrade module that allows the system to upgrade towards a 1,000MB/s network connection! With the DS1522+ NAS running on a very competent and fast-file-service internal architecture AND supporting upto 4 drives in a RAID environment to increase internal performance, the option to scale up the external connectivity to 10x that of traditional gigabit is fantastic.

The network upgrade option on the DS1522+ is delivered via an optional purchase of the Synology E10G22-T1-mini (find the Synology E10G22-T1-MINI here on Amazon), and it is a 1x Port 10G card, with its own onboard controller and heatsink attached. The module is also by far the easiest 10GbE/Network upgrade I have ever installed in a NAS, as it can be installed by popping it in the available slot on the back – as opposed to needing the chassis be partially dismantled in order to access a PCIe slot). The PCIe Gen 3×2 bandwidth that is afforded to it is more than enough for the 10G connection it provides and the 4x SATA drives inside do provide enough throughput to largely saturate the connection (and that is without factoring in the M.2 NVMe SSD bays)

Currently, the E10G22-T1-mini is the only upgrade option that is supported by the network upgrade slot on the DS1522+ NAS (as well as the DS723+, RS422+ and DS1522+), but I would not be surprised if Synology roll out an SFP+/Fibre option in due course, though the jury is still out if they were to also add a 2.5G/5GBe option.

#5 – Day 1 8GB ECC DDR4 Memory, Upgradable to 32GB

Another one of the benchmarks of the expandable 5-Bay diskstation hardware that the DS1522+ goes ahead and smashes is in the area of Memory. Previous generations of this series have arrived with 4-8GB of Memory which cannot be upgraded further (in some cases, with the initial 4GB of memory being soldered to the main controller board). The DS1522+ NAS mixes things up by providing the same amount of memory at 8GB, BUT it can support upto 32GB of memory across two SODIMM slots! that is FOUR TIMES the maximum of the DS1520+, twice the base memory of the DS1522+ and FOUR TIMES that of the DS723+ –  that is going to allow ALOT of apps to stretch their muscles a bit with that much RAM to share out!

Moreover, this memory in the DS1522+ improves further on its predecessors by virtue of being ECC memory (Error Correcting Code), something that you would normally only ever find on a highly enterprise server. ECC memory arrives with an extra memory chip per module on board that (in caveman terms) allows the system to have a blueprint of the data that is passing through the memory on the way to being written/sent to the disks and then, at the end of the memory processes, it is compared against the blueprint and if errors/inconsistencies are observed, the memory repairs the data. ECC has always been proven invaluable at the business level as it ensures data that has been stored on the NAS for warm or cold storage has no silent inconsistencies that down the line could result in invalid/corrupt data (e.g bitrot).

The DS1522+ NAS featuring ECC memory DOES mean that official Synology memory upgrades are going to be more expensive, but the RRP of the DS1522+ NAS (with the original 8GB of ECC Memory) already arrives at a very, very similar price point to its predecessor’s RRP when they were released, so any extra cost down the line is optional.

5 Reasons the Synology DS1522+ Might NOT Be the NAS for You

Nothing is perfect, right? For all of the positives that I have highlighted above, the DS1522+ is still not a perfect Synology NAS solution. Here are five reasons why you might want to give the Synology DS1522+ NAS drive a miss, opt for an alternative brand or go for a lower-priced predecessor.

#1 – 1GbE Default Network Ports

Those ethernet ports. The default model of the DS1522+ NAS arrives with FOUR gigabit ethernet ports (the same as the DS1520+ before it), despite almost other commercial NAS brand-producing solutions at this consumer-tier/scale arriving with at least 2.5GbE. Now, the adoption of greater than gigabit connectivity in client hardware (laptops, PCs, routers, switches, docking stations, etc) is by no means as ubiquitous as 1GbE (which has been around for decades at this point), BUT it is growing. ISPs are providing fiber internet connections globally that exceed gigabit speeds, along with 2.5GbE and WiFi 6 routers.

We are seeing more prosumer switches, routers and PCs with default 2.5Gb network ports (at the same/similar cost as 1GbE), $20 USB-to-2.5G adapters and even the affordability of 10GbE on some client devices has allowed users to gradually scale up their hardware environment. The fact the DS1522+ arrives at the tail end of 2022 and does not feature greater than 1GbE ports by default is quite damning. Even if you have no plans for 2.5G right now in your setup and think it something of a fad (favouring 10GbE), in terms of future-proofing and the general standard or networking hardware right now, gigabit ethernet is a surprising weakness here.

#2 – NVMe SSD Bays are for Caching Only (DSM 7.1)

IMPORTANT – In the recent DSM 7.2 Beta release, the Synology DS1522+ CAN use the M.2 NVMe SSD Bays as Storage Pools. However, as the software update will likely remain in beta for a few more months and there is a question surrounding the downgrading of PCIe lanes, I am leaving this ‘con’ point here for now. At least till the DSM 7.2 update is fully rolled out and stable.

Alongside the five SATA bays of storage, the DS1522+ also features two rather useful m.2 NVMe SSD bays that allow you to install superfast m.2 PCIe performance storage drives into this modest-sized system. These bays are ventilated and allow for additional heatsinks to be attached to SSDs inside. Synology has been a keen supporter and innovator of SSD caching in storage servers. Its benefits and improvements via the many different types of SSD cache that are possible to improve the overall access and performance to the primary storage in a number of ways and I’m glad to see Synology continuing with this feature here.

It is worth highlighting though that Synology continue with their strict use of these bays for SSD cache only and does not allow their use as independent storage pools and volume creation in DSM 7.1. Now that their use as Storage Pools is arriving in DSM 7.2, this will certainly please a number of existing DS1522+ NAS owners who felt snubbed when this feature arrived in the DS923+ at the end of 2022 by default. However, it is worth highlighting that it is most likely that these bays will be downgraded from PCIe Gen 3×4 to 3×1, as seen in the DS923+ and DS1823xs+ (see below from the DS923+

It is also worth noticing that only Synology branded SSDs are listed as supporting this feature right now – so if you are currently using Seagate Ironwolf or WD Red SSDs in your system, these cannot be used as Storage Pools in DSM 7.2 on the DS1522+

#3 – CPU Divides Opinion as it Does Not Feature Integrated Graphics

The CPU inside the DS1522+ is the AMD Embedded Ryzen R1600 processor, an x86 64bit Dual core, four-thread processor with an impressive base level clock speed of 2.6Ghz that can be scaled up to 3.1Ghz when needed. Now, the DS9xx+ series has always arrived with a Quad Core Intel Celeron (or Pentium) processor in the past and when it was revealed that the DS1522+ was arriving with a dual-core embedded ryzen, many users were a little unhappy. This was largely down to two factors. The first was that the R1600 is a dual-core, not the four-core that everyone expected. Now the R1600’s four-thread architecture does allow the CPU to spread out quite alot across tasks and services (as well as virtual CPUs in VM deployment), as well as having a higher power in both base and burst mode available, which means it isn’t a bad CPU! But the bigger area of contention from some buyers is that the R1600 lacks integrated graphics. This means that for some tasks and services that are more graphical in nature, the result will be a higher typical CPU Uages % than a processor that has a more specialized graphics management component onboard.

How the Synology DS1520+ Intel Celeron J4125 and DS1522+ AMD Emb.Ryzen R1600 Compare:

The traditional data handling of the R1600 is very good, as seen in our DS1522+ testing earlier in 2022. As far as DSM (the Synology software) is concerned it will be able to run EVERYTHING! Additionally, the general file handling and throughput internally are going to be great too, so all good news. Then you have the advantage of the newer gen CPU in the DS1522+ over the DS920+ supporting PCIe3 lanes, affording greater bandwidth to the rest of the hardware (i.e those M.2 slots being higher bandwidth and enabling that network upgrade slot), all the while with the CPU having the potential to hit 3.1Ghz of power when needed. It is genuinely a good CPU and there are lots of reasons why Synology have opted for this CPU, but it is by no means perfect and some specific user setups and their concerns do have merit.

For a start, the AMD R1600 has a higher typical usage (unsurprising for the spec and generally identified as TDP, as a maximum) compared with the avg Intel Celeron being used in other NAS systems released in 2022 (such as the Intel N5105 or J6412) and in a system that will be in operation 24×7, this is going to a question mark for those affected by erratically rising energy prices right now, The difference might only be pence on the day, but those pence add up! Then there is the dual cores. Although having the four threads IS handy and will be useful, Cores will always beat threads when it comes to capabilities.

#4 – DS1522+ Server Side HEVC/H.265 Support and Conversions are a little lacklustre

Finally, there is a lack of integrated graphics. Most users will not notice this as an issue in day-to-day use, but multimedia users and especially a large % of Plex users will notice, if they are a little more reliant on the server-side processing than on the client. For example, if your media collection contains alot of dense/complex audio media (RAW, MP4a, etc) OR alot of higher-end HEVC/H.265 Media BUT you do not have client hardware that supports these types (or allows local client conversions/transcoding), then the NAS will have to use raw horsepower to get the job done – much less efficient than embedded graphics doing the job. Again, you might not be impacted by this (your client hardware might have enough power and privileges, or you own a local HEVC-licensed device), but it IS a concern if you are running a Plex Media Server on the DS1522+ and need the NAS to convert files on the fly. Earlier in 2022, I compared the DS920+ (with a Celeron) vs the DS1522+ (with this same AMD R1600) in a detailed YouTube video testing 4K Media in Plex. Here are the results:

#5 –  The 10GbE Port Upgrade is Unconventional and Proprietary

The network upgrade port of the DS1522+ is PCIe Gen 3 x 2 slot (so a potential 2,000MB/s bandwidth). This is not a commonly used adapter connector and this means that you cannot use off-the-shelf 10GbE ethernet upgrade cards when upgrading the system, but rather you need to use Synology’s own first-party, specifically designed adapter on this system, the E10G22-T1-mini. On the plus side, that is a decent amount of bandwidth being made available to a single 10GbE connection and it will be interesting to see if Synology can flesh out a range of accessories for this adapter slot, despite its small form. Additionally, many users will embrace the convenience of this upgrade module method compared with the slightly more hands-on and internally invasive PCIe upgrade methods that are traditionally associated with network upgrades. However, this module costs a pinch more than normal 3rd party PCIe 10GbE upgrade cards and is also a little bit pricier than their own normal PCIe 10G upgrade card Synology’s own E10G18-T1).

The fact that it arrives in this proprietary form is possibly another move by this brand to keep everything in a ‘first-party ecosystem’ which I know a number of users are less keen on. Nevertheless, having an option of 10GbE here is tremendously useful to have, but I query whether this module was the only way it could have been done. 

What We Said About the Synology DS1522+ NAS in our FULL Review

The Synology DS1522+ is a good NAS drive and most business-focused users are going to appreciate what this newer configuration of hardware is able to provide. There was never any doubt in the extent to which this new NAS would support DSM7, and given its architecture, there is virtually nothing in the popular NAS software that this system cannot do. Likewise, having the option of 10GbE on a Diskstation of this scale will be hugely attractive to some, though the proprietary means with which you need to upgrade is arguably less desirable. The R1600 CPU is a good choice of processor for file handling and simultaneous tasks, as is the 8GB of memory that this system arrives with, plus the potential to ramp it up to 32GB. After that though, the desirability of this system to home users and multimedia users is a little less compelling and with such a large audience of users who look at NAS for their media streaming, the DS1522+ not featuring a more graphically enabled chip will leave them somewhat underwhelmed. Bottom line, the DS1522+ is a solid and full DSM7 supporting system here and you cannot fault the design, internal/external performance and ease of use of this Synology NAS. However, there will always be users wondering why this NAS never arrived with an Intel chip.

Massive Synology DS1522+ Review Article – HERE

YouTube Synology DS1522+ Review – HERE

SOFTWARE - 10/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 8/10

👍🏻8GB of ECC Memory that can be scaled to 32GB – LOVELY STUFF
👍🏻Optional 10GbE Upgrade
👍🏻Continued Support of Synology Hybrid RAID on this scale
👍🏻4x LAN Ports by default
👍🏻Expandable with another 10 Drives down the line (2x DS517)
👍🏻NVMe SSD Bays for Caching will be very useful with this 5-Bay RAID Storage
👍🏻DSM 7.1 is hands down the best NAS software and services in the market right now
👍🏻3 years base warranty, with optional extra 2yrs
👍🏻Numerous storage service advantages inc. BTRFS, Fast RAID Rebuild and Auto-Repair
👍🏻First Party Hybrid Cloud services with Synology C2
👍🏻Exceptionally good surveillance software included
👎🏻That CPU is going to divide opinion
👎🏻HDD & SSD Compatibility list is a little thinner than I expected
👎🏻Optional 10GbE upgrade is via a heavily proprietary route

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    281 thoughts on “Synology DS1522+ NAS – Should You Buy?

    1. So to upgrade my DS920+ to 5gb . Am i right in thinking i need a 5 gb switch and a 5gb adapter ?
      Also will my asus rt-ax88u work ok with this? or do i need a 5gb port router ?
      This sounds expensive what brand would be most cost effective for this upgrade.

    2. Love your channel!! Even older videos like this are watchable months later because there’s so much useful information. Most of what I know of nas, i learned from you 🙂

    3. I inadvertently upgraded to DSM ver 7.2 … will this work on that version … oh yea the armada chip used by my nas has 2 7.1 version drivers ??? I don’t know why …thanks

    4. Thanks, you saved me hours of debugging because the original GitHub installation was missing the information that we need to RUN the damn driver package before we can use it. And I feel so stupid that I forgot to do it on my own.

    5. I don’t understand why you would not want to optimise your CPU performance with SMT. It’s basically just saying you’re happy to have your CPU sitting idle instead of working, for a slight improvement on task completion times.

    6. You’d think by now, you’d just be able to hook it up via USB directly without all this faffing about. Got my adapters ordered, hopefully see some improvement ????

    7. Wonderful video. Worked great to get my old DS1513+ that I use for backups working on my 2.5GbE network! Used the Asus USB-C2500 adapter and it worked pretty much just as easily as you showed here.

    8. Noob here. If my network speed is under a gig Is there a point to doing this upgrade? Do I need to put an adapter on my router or mesh system connected to my adapter on the Nas to get those speeds? Thanks

    9. I did it exactly the way you suggested, the new LAN Connection is showing up under Network in DSM shows the full 5000 too, I set the LAN3 to DHCP and here is the problem, the Synology Assistent isn’t finding the new connection, it always shows me one only, the original one, any ideas?

    10. Mine shows the package but with error on it. I have run the command 2 times, rebooted 3 times and trying hotpluging. Don’t bet on this working for production use.

    11. Damn, the lack of hardware transcoding is a bit of a bummer… I’d need to replace a failed 1019+ as a media server, and the 1522+ would be an easy choice with hardware transcoding. Without it, I’m not so sure.

    12. Firstly – thanks for the video. After watching your reviews for some time I have now fully invested in to Synology hardware (both routers, access points and NASes), and I must say that it’s amazing decision. Thanks for that!

      A quick question – does similar method shown in this video is available to add an additional 2.5/5Gbit ethernet to the Synology WRX560 router?

    13. Get QNAP QNA-UC5G1T its Marvell tech inside instead of Realtek, Linux ready and so its plug and play, only 5Gb is with Marvell, don’t get fooled by the 2,5 Version – its realtek and it will fail

    14. PS: @9:42, it is strongly recommend to type “exit” in the command-line to logout the SSH session, not “just” closing the SSH Client software.
      As not all SSH clients will close the active SSH connection when you close the SSH Client.
      Security above all!

    15. Just about the first part of your video.

      Intelligent life has come and gone on planet earth many times, and we as humans are really about 10,000 years old, as a species, in reality.

      Just think how many times intelligent beings got to our level, and do not exist anywhere on earth today, as earth is literally billions of years old.

      If humans stopped existing, just imagine how long it would take nature to get rid of all traces that we existed?

      Think about it.

      Just imagine for a second, how many times intelligent life could of come and gone before in literally billions of years of earths existence, and how many times nature wiped out the existence they had here. We have only existed as humans now on earth for about 10,000 years, which is nothing, in terms of billions of years, that earth has existed.

      Think about it.

    16. I was going to get the 920+ when I heard about the 923 and thought that would be better. For my use case it isn’t. One of my primary reasons for getting a NAS was to use it as a Plex server. Currently my Plex is running on an old laptop with 6TB of external HDD storage. That 6TB is pretty full now so I can’t add more stuff. So among other NAS functions I wanted something with hardware acceleration. I’ve now decided that I’ll run plex off of a NUC with the NAS serving as the storage. I would prefer a 5 bay NAS and wanted to know what your thoughts are regarding getting 923+ vs 1522+. I’ll get the 10Gb expansion if necessary but is there a compelling reason to choose the 4 bay over the 5 bay?

    17. I’ve seen reports of using the read-write cache option causing the entire raid volume to crash if an ssd fails, so I’m personally going to be sticking with the read cache only.

    18. Hey guys – really good video. I really researched this topic a lot and decided against the 923+ or 723+ due to dual core and no embedded graphics. I will tell you though, the the 1500B Ryzen in the RS1221+ is a beast. It is by far the fastest NAS I have. My RS422+ has the Ryzen 1600 in it and I’m not super impressed. Most home users are not going to benefit from 10GBE yet because everything else in the house runs 1GBE or less. I’m sticking with the DS920+, DS720+, and RS1221+ for now and skipping the 23+ series. I think Synology really let us down on this one. Also, the hard drive selection on these from the QVL is getting stupid for something that crosses between home and business NAS for the home user who wants more power.

    19. I just purchased a 723+ and a pair of 12TB drives. Did I make a mistake? What would you purchase instead, staying in the Synology family, DSM is the requirement. I am not going to use Plex ever, It will be mostly used for personal cloud and Synology Photos for local management of my family’s photos’ and videos.

    20. I agree Synology doesn’t communicate properly to their customers why they are doing these decisions on their hardware/software. We may assume that they have done some study and statistics and they have found out that the majority of the videos their users store are 1080p anyways? Who knows…. With the hardware, I think they want to ensure that you have a consistent reliable experience and I know that not everybody’s RAM is made the same way and with the same quality. 1Gb ethernet bond is fast enough for streaming 4K. DS1522+ I have plays no problem 1080p to my 4K TV. (Let’s be honest I’m not storing 30GB movies in 4K). It plays no problem 4K video taken on iPhone to my 4K TV. Sharing photos but mainly 4K videos with family through Synology Photos across the world in 4K works, playing smooth. (Smooth to iPhones, PC, iMac, Androids struggle and you need transcoding)SMB works, backup of Apple and PC works and yes SSDs are expensive but why would you need them at home? These are not the Qnaps with specs that blow your mind, but I think they take the Apple approach. Overall I think is a solid package that will easily last me for another 10 years.

    21. I have DS1522+ and have no problem playing Plex 4K and 1080p videos to my 4K TV, iPhone, iMac etc. Streaming 4K (taken on iPhone) across half of the world and watching it on PC is not problematic at all (on the standard out-of-the-box solution) as long you don’t have to transcode to some crappy phone that can’t handle the data. That’s when everything comes to a stop because as mentioned the CPU can’t do anything about transcoding. Synology Photos is ok but nowhere close to Google Photos….

    22. How this doesn’t have more likes is unjust. He covers so much and shows great examples. He also has time marks for reference. Great resource! Keep up the good work, would give you more likes if I could.

    23. One thing I wish sonology would do especially further backup program is allow you to back up to a networked windows pool drive aka the NAS sync with networked multipooled Windows drive giving you to a form of backup even if you cannot see the data on the Windows pool that be fine if it was just an encrypted image or better yet allow the damn system to read Windows pool drives…. You’re plugging a USB hub with all your USB drives the nas makes its own virtual pool out of those drives and then it backs up just in case there’s nobody has a single 60 terabyte drive …. The fact that most people are coming from multiple hard drives externally to Nas and can’t use those multiple drives as a single pool backup is annoying especially when there’s hard drive crashes or or anything like that at least you’d have a personal backup I didn’t even pay 10-15 dollars per drive one time fee to make a pool for image backup

      I literally had to Jerry rig using always-sync to back up the entire NAS drive on a 9 hard drive pool on the Windows side

    24. Insert the biggest thing I hate about Synology outside of their “hard drive requirements” (if the damn hard drive says Nas supported then it should just work you shouldn’t need a specific hard drive) is them telling you where to put your media or files for specific programs they own you should be able to tell the programs just like in Plex where the files are where you wanting to put the files and have one way think as an option with no deletion

    25. I personally find it difficult still for a novice user especially for making user accounts … Aka having public and private folders for individuals in a group setting (you can’t have both) we’re in the group setting everyone has the rules AKA right and no delete for public folder and the ability for only individual users in that group to only see their private folder and not everyone else’s

      Aka private “Jon” public “all” private “Sarah”

      John can still see Sarah’s folder
      Because I haven’t nested in an outside folder public and an outside folder private where all their names are in the private folder so it’s nice and organized

      But everyone can still see everyone’s folder I’d love to have it so that you can easily isolate nested folders

    26. The one and only thing I don’t like about Synology multimedia apps or drive apps…. Is they TELL you where to put your media AND GENERALLY HAVE TWO-WAY SINK AS DEFAULT

      Most users are going to have a plexa library that they’ve probably customized and should customize in one bulk “media folder” and then break it down within…. If you do stuff like that for all your multimedia they’re native apps don’t work you have to have it where they want it…. Same with sync you have to have it where they want it and it’s only sync … Me personally I want one-way sink data goes on the NAS … You can delete it off the phone or computer and that won’t transfer over…. They have improved the drive application but I still have to improve video photo and the other ones to be one way and for us to control the locations multiple or single nested location I don’t want to be told or you got to have it in the ” home /user /names/ photo/ to have the photo application work

      NO I want to have it in plex media / photos/ cell phone 01/

    27. why do I need raid 1 on the ssd cache? It doesn’t matter if the data is gone on the cache if one ssd fails. The data is stored on the HDD after a Data is altered in the read/write cache. or is written again from the HDD when a new SSD is added. So that makes no sense. Raid 0 would be better in this case.

    28. Thanks! I’ve gone through a myriad of sites to gain an understanding of available NAS options, and your site is THE ONLY site I’ve found that will allow me to spec out the components of my NAS properly – in other words, the confidence to “know” that what I “think” I know about the service levels I’ll receive from my NAS, is actually what I “know” I’ll receive from that NAS. Nothing worse than knowing that what you thought you knew, you now know you didn’t really know. (unless you’re inventing a new light bulb or something). Marketing brochures only get you so far…

    29. Just upgraded from a DS1812+ recently and ended up with DS920+ instead of the 923+ purely because Synology opted to use an iGP-less chip for the new generation. There are ryzen embedded chips with igp. So disappointed with Synology for cutting out the igp in their new prosumer models.

    30. @nascompares Now that DSM supports M2 for storage and cache is it possible to do both at the same time? E.g. put 2x4TB in the DS923 and use 4TB for cache and 4TB for data storage? Both in mirrored partitions

    31. I’m looking to purchase the Synology DS1522+. Based on Synology’s HDD Compatibility List and excluding the Synology drives (due to cost), it appears the highest capacity choices are a Western Digital 14TB WD Red Plus NAS HDD or Seagate IronWolf Pro 12 TB NAS HDD. Which of the two would you recommend?

    32. So does this mean instead of the 2.5 or 3.5 HDD drives bays for storage , we will be able to use NVME m.2 SSDs for faster storage speeds ? Or is it just casheing? So is this a new NAS system enclosure they will be releasing or is this a current model that will get a update ? I’m confused . Sorry I’m new to this,

    33. Interesting, as I was just looking into getting a NAS after my external classic HDD is taking too long to get going. Anyhow, the first thought I had was, “Can I use m.2 drives to make a NAS even faster?” Turns out – NO. Next thought was, “How about using an adapter from m.2 to SATA?” That said, is that not an option? Thanks.

    34. I’ve been using an NVME storage pool on my DS918+ for nearly two years now — which needs some command line volume creation — which is absolutely brilliant for VMM and Docker use.

    35. That really is an in-depth and thorough review. I’ve had the DS1621+ for about a year and you’ve helped explain what some of the apps actually do. Thank you.

      As a photographer using Lightroom to manage my my photos, I still cannot understand why I need Synology Photos or S Video to manage them?

    36. Thank you for the detailed review. I am interestedin buying a new Synology Nas (920+) and i own an old XP 32 bit PC do you think there will be any issues about compatibility from Win XP 32 bit to the DSM 7.1 Synology NAs, in that case does any workaround exist?

    37. Is it also available for DS3018xs? It has PCIe expansion card for adding 2 M.2 NVMe drives. Would I be able to create RAID 1, if buy the Synology branded M.2 expansion card?

    38. Synology could have used 1605 chip with integrated graphics and had AMD hardware transcoding for a couple of extra dollars, instead crippled the DS21,22,23+ models for plex

    39. I’m the one who watched the whole thing! And some bits twice. Very helpful in trying to decide between a Synology DS923+ and Qnap TS464. Synology seems to have the upper hand software-wise which I suspect carries more weight for a home user than the superior hardware of the Qnap? Thank you for providing this extensive review!

    40. My dude, another spot on video – can guarantee you have helped more than one person make an informed decision.

      I have been holding and holding with my 214play (bleh) to see what XXX23 brings and it looks like XXX20+ is still the answer for the prosumer/transcode user.

      Perfect level of information and impartiality (I’d call the new releases a hot steaming pile, but that’s just for my use case) – lets hope they’re not gearing up for a quad core DS923+Play++GOTYE+Platinum+++++ with an onboard graphics!

    41. I just read your article about this. Thanks for testing! Storage pools only availble if you use the overpriced Synology SSDs and even if you do so, no possibility to use them as boot drive for DSM. Overall the DS923+ is a joke and partial downgrade to the DS920+. Even the CPU seems to be slower despite consuming more power since it’s only a dual core while the J4125 is a quad. Synologys policy reminds me of Apple.

    42. Awsome information. Now please a similar video on Qnap. I cant make up my mind as I need both photo management and video surveillance. It seems like Qnap and Synology takes 1 point each.

    43. Jellyfin?!!! Most channels that review media server software, either only deep-dive their preferred offering, or only give an overview compression of the field. If someone like you, who can give the same enthusiasm creating two videos deep-diving two NASs that only differ by a drive bay, puts that into a spin-off series on a topic that is close to a large chunk of your demographic, that would be a real treat.

    44. that would be really awesome and also could justify use of 10Gbe on smaller (less bays) NASes,
      NVME SSD offer superior performance even on 1Gbe with tons of small files operations indeed 🙂

    45. Thks & I just watched it again & most excellent;
      I’m a retired physicist & have no real problem understanding the infinite details.
      However my problem is how to keep it simple & stupid (ex: high tier levels of simplicity, brevity, encapsulation, etc).
      Oh with my goal is to sociably knit-together all my family, relatives, friends, etc on my synology NAS.
      Unfortunately I’m going to be Mr Tech support for them. Sooooo I gots-tos keep-it-simple is an understatement & I will be abused (I says anything for family/friends though ;).

    46. Too bad I own a 918+… However, I wish in the future we are offered super compact NAS system (the size of an old VCR cassette or even a cigarette pack) with only NVME slots (4 or 8) and one or two 10Gbe ETH ports. It’s not only about performance: I need a 100% silent NAS. And also an extremely low power comnsumption one. In a couple of year it’s possible SSD drivers are going to cost the same as mechanical ones, per TB. When 16TB NVME are out, I think mechanical disks are dead.

    47. Until now, I have no NAS, so please forgive this silly question, but wouldn‘ t it make sense to install DSM for better performance on a SSD?
      Could the M.2 NVMe storage on Synology an option to run DSM on it?

    48. You’re a DSM PhD;
      I never hear so dense of a presentation of great DSM info & my head is still spinning, thks.
      Next-time, you think about having something good to drink every-once in a-while.

    49. PCI-x Gen2 has 2Gbit per second bandwidth, and that is a million miles beyond any sniping rust speed, not to mention IOPS. So there is no reason for Synology not to enable this in DS920+, but greed (if you want it buy new hardware).

    50. Thanks for a great video. Really explains what everything is. Recently got my NAS and been already updating hard drives in it. It will mainly be used as a PLEX Server but already considering what i will do when i start upgrading the smaller drives in it. May consider another NAS and use it as strict data back up and maybe a synology Drive / synology Calendar and Email setup. Move my calendar off Google’s stuff. We will see If i do that at some point. Great job again

    51. My English man!!! What a video! Greetings from Greece! I really appreciate your hard work and that content. I have a DS 1520 + and I am not regretting getting it although the new 1522 is out. You have my admiration. Keep up the professional and good work.

    52. *Note* – Regarding picture quality, this is a BIG video (so many features to cover in a single video) and YouTue can sometimes be a little slow to process HD and 4K uploads, so if this video is in low-quality for you, maybe come back in an hour or so, as YouTube should have finished processing it and have the 4K, 1080p and 720p versions done. Thanks for watching and hope you enjoy the review of Synology DSM 7.1, featuring the DS923+ NAS.

    53. Honestly the PCI-E gen 2 argument is kind of moot; sure it won’t give you the full bandwidth of the SSD… but at the same time, it would still not be bottlenecked on things like VM’s or other docker containers, it’s still worthwhile having. I’m more interested as to whether you can use the solid state drive with multiple partitions; having a mix of storage and caching by using a relatively large drive.

    54. Which NAS do you recommend for complete noobs who just want to backup and synchronize data from their desktop pc and Android phone? Want it to be simple like drop box.

    55. Ryzen R1600 , Why would they use this Chip ?

      Chip came out in Feb 2020, I can’t find Price for Ryzen R1600 , If someone can find the Chip Price I am sure it would be cheap by now.
      Please Post the Price,

      I bought a 1522+ Installed 10Gb Network card , I like the box doing Backups no Plex so Graphics not hurting me , HyperBackup across VPN to another Synology Box
      30+ Workstations Bare Metal , 40 Mailbox Backups, What helped I bought 2x 2TB NVME Gen 3 Crucial drive, in a Read Write Configuration. Number of Files is 15 Million + takes a awhile to count these files. I have it hooked up to Netgear 10,5,2.5.1 Switch. Server has 10GBNics Workstation 2.5Gbe Standard with Workstations now. Even Lowest Intel Nucs have 2.5GB Network cards.

      Even with this I don’ use 4GB Max Ram on This Box Comes with 8GB ECC Ram. Why use faster Chip , I just see Synology trying to save $$ on Hardware. Can this box Max out
      Hard drives not sure. When I backup my VMware Server for Incremental takes about 2.5 mins.

      People cry about this not being fast enough . I am happy with the 1522+ , I looks like you could have 2x 10GbE if Synology wants to.

      Is Qnap ahead in some ways yes they are in the Hardware side , Before Synology I used Qnap Worried about Security on Qnap.

      Ryzen R1600 Last Time Buy 2029 from AMD So this chips will be around for sometime in the future for Synology. I would say at least another 3 years , then 3 years later maybe for the low end Synology boxes that will come in the future .

      Comments Welcome

      Specs Below
      Ryzen Embedded R1600 is a mobile processor with 2 Cores, launched in February 2020. Embedded R1600 on a 14 nm production process TDP of 25 W , SoC Features
      Ethernet: 2x 10GbE
      USB: 2x USB 2.0, 4x USB 3.1 Gen2
      SATA: 2x SATA3
      Ethernet 2x 10GbE
      PCIe® Lanes 8L Gen3

      TDP 12–25W

    56. Looking forward to being able to use Samsung 990 Pro Gen 4 SSD’s in my Synology web server!
      Just wish I could get a decent CPU in an affordable system to handle the web hosting I do with mine… Thanks for the great videos…

    57. Great job covering some of the possible Synology created pitfalls. Anyway, this gives some (a little) purchase to Syno’s push for 10GbE over 2.5GbE in its offerings (I still think they should have had 2.5GbE for consumer models).

    58. It seems that users of Synology NAS devices have also finally had their time ???? I’ve been using M.2 NVMe modules on QNAP NASes in RAID as very fast data volumes moreover for VM (+ GPU) for many years now, and as I watch, I’m glad I switched to QNAP. Still waiting a few years for Synology to introduce something is quite a hassle ????

    59. from a tech standpoint there is no reason not to enable pci-e gen 2 bays for storage.
      pci-e gen 2 offers 2gb bandwith, (net a bit less of course) but that is still 10 times faster than sequential read/write of hdds.
      nvme-disks may offer a bit higher sequential read and write in theory but for one you cannot utilize that speed even with a 10gbit connection and even if you could, you will tax the ryzen r1600 quite a bit with a maxed out pci-e gen3 raid setup. the chip is much more capable than the celerons before when it comes to io, but it still is only 2core/4threads at fairly moderate clock speeds.

      in practice there is very little advantage for this kind of hardware between pci-e gen 2 and gen 3. what we really want are the iops and those are not hindered by pci-e gen2.

      load times will be greatly improved and with this announcement a tiny windows vm that does not require a lot of compute but profits of fast disk access becomes a real possibility combined with the up to 32gigs of ram. imagine a small business that runs e.g. the accounting database for shared access on a 923+ (i’d have loved to have seen the 4core 8 thread amd chip for that very reason, it would have made this from a good into a great soho setup).

    60. Really exciting! Great video, as always! I think with PCIe gen 5 becoming mainstream (4GBps per lane!) it would be cool to see what that would mean for all-NVME NAS builds. Even a relatively modest 16 PCIe5 lane slot could theoretically support 16 drives at “ok” speed or 8 drives at excellent speed, and that’s not even counting M.2 slots built into the board!

    61. Another strange decision from Synology. This will annoy far more than it impresses because those that want this but need more drive slots will be left out and those who have recently bought other high end systems will be screwed over.

    62. Personally, I’m ripe to upgrade my 5 year old NAS, but I’m waiting for a truly modernized NAS product. By this I mean, a NAS chassis not built to accommodate 3.5”drives at all. I want a new NAS that only uses smaller, next gen devices such as NVMe SSDs, the benefits being a much smaller box, and correspondingly lower power use, noise, and heat.

      However, NAS makers seem to move pretty slow. It could be awhile.

    63. Having created another storage pool on NVME through SSH on a DS1019+ in the last 3 days (51 hours uptime) it provides a massive boost to Docker and VM’s even on PCIE 2.0. I look forward to it being native in DSM 7.2 even if it is not directly supported on my model.

    64. The way they’ve ignored what other NAS makers were doing with NVMe is yet another example of Synology embracing technology to the point where it makes little sense. It may be that they’re noticing a downturn in sales that forces them to act.
      That they still use ESATA for external storage connections, won’t provide 2.5GbE as a standard LAN port and insist on Synology branded upgrades (when they don’t make drives, NVMe or RAM) makes me wonder if its domination of the NAS market is destined to end abruptly.
      That they might not support older NVMe capable machines with the storage upgrade smacks of a company that is overconfident in its ability to dictate to the customers what the future will be.

    65. Not being able to use SSDs for Storage Pool is one of the 2 reasons I’m avoiding Synology (the other being the HDD compatibility story). It’s nice to see they’re (seemingly) fixing this.

    66. *Note* – I have only JUST uploaded this video! Youtube takes a while to process in 720P and 1080p (15+ mins). So if you are only seeing this in low quality, come back in a bit and it should be at full HD quality soon! Thanks for watching!

    67. the 920+ has some stuttering during playback. it wil just freeze for a tenth of a second during playback (like the spiderman-scene at 8:40 when they’re talking, 8:49 with the large screen, at 9:00 during the fade-in). That would be unplayable for me because it’s very noticable and annoying. Could it be that the settings were wrong for playback in plex? That it’s playing back in 24p instead of 23,997p and that’s why you get stuttering?

    68. I really like my DS1522+ with 5 WD Gold 22TB drives. The weird thing is that it does only show it as 20 TB in the drive listing, however have all the storage.

    69. I’m sorry but this videos is just misinformed. The integrated graphics are not used for transcoding. There are dedicated chips for this purpose. The memory is a huge boon and the base model wattage is 15 not 25. They could have stuck with Celeron but the amd isn’t bad and was specifically created for embedded unlike the celeron.
      I think it’s a smart move

    70. Great video ????
      Was wondering if you have a link for that video trailer which you showed last? I believe it was a Hevc 4k
      60mb/s ?
      Would like to DL it and try some tests on my end !

    71. Changed from. 1817+ to 1821+ resulted into 3.5gbit to nearly 7gbit performance of a single 10gbe copy from my pc

      Same Intel card, same hdds… Just the Nas changed.. Thanks ryzen…

    72. *Intel Celeron J4125* : _Release Date Q4 2019,_ 4-Core CPU with Integrated Graphics (Synology 2020 NASes)
      *AMD R1600* : _Release Date Q2 2019,_ 2-Core CPU with no Integrated Graphics (Synology 2023 NASes) Progress ? ????????????

    73. i’ve watched your other vidoes of 4k comparasions but these NAS are not able to play HIGH BITRATE 4k content. So if the intel CPU is powefull enough then what is creating the bottleneck? because streaming is mostly IO bound process (as contracy to cpu bound process which requite more processing power) so processorer can’t be bottleneck. what are everyone thought on this?

    74. Hello guys. I’m really confused ???? I want to buy a NAS but what should I buy? Synology? Qnap? What processor? I want to use it as a media player. Most of my video’s are 4K or 4K HDR/Dolby vision. Please some advice? Thank you.

    75. Hmmmm …. AMD is famous for it iGPUs.
      ???????????Welllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll why in the heck didn’t Synology just put a AMD CPU with iGPU in their darn home/office NAS???????????? (no entiendo senor 😉

    76. I ended up buying the 1522+ as I was hopeful it would have a graphics processor but come to find out that it’s not really needed and not a hill to die on to be honest. Better option is the 10GBE (that should have been included) as a future proof option and more ram. If embedded graphics is a must for plex then just buy a NUC or use a old computer for a Plex server. Most if not all formats play on newer devices so transcoding isn’t needed.

    77. I think even the seagull behind Ed was totally unimpressed by the argument for AMD. Of course if Synology’s aim is to have a separate range of commercial NAS and a separate range of consumer, media, NAS then fine.
      But they should announce their intentions as I guess half their customer base wants Plex and also 1gb Ethernet and has no use for 2.5 gb or non embedded graphics

    78. Trying to “both sides” this is a bad look for your credibility as an independent reviewer. Call it like it is – this is a bad move from almost any angle, and the few advancements in the -23 series are things that could have easily been achieved with a newer CPU with integrated graphics. Synology cheaped out because they got a good bulk deal on low end Ryzen chips, and their product lineup is going to suffer for home users for the next few years because of it.

      It feels like you’re so committed to Synology because your YT channel relies on them being successful, so you don’t know how to react to bad decisions like this other than to put on a brave face.

    79. What is the NAS going to be used for? I think with the support of virtual machines and containers, your NAS can also double as your main home server. If that’s what you’re looking for, I’d say go QNAP.

      That’s what I did. I bought the QNAP TVS-H1288x. Yes, it is expensive, but it also serves many purposes in my home. I have a Plex server, along with a Windows 11 and Ubuntu VM running, and a few containers to handle various duties in my house. It has 4 2.5Gbe ports, 2 10 Gbe ports, and 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports for any imaginable network needs you might have. I can still add a GPU if I want and I’m currently only using a portion of the machine’s potential. So I won’t be needing to upgrade this H/W anytime soon.

      If you just want a NAS, then the CPUs offered by Synology are more than capable of handling the task. I prefer the Synology S/W over QNAP, but Synology needs to up their H/W game to include at least one 10Gbe port on every model they sell. Buying a NAS today with 1Gbe ports is a waste of money, and quite honestly link aggregation does not do the job. I have an old DS1512+ that is over a decade old and still running fine. None of these new 2023 Synology boxes you’ve been discussing offer much more than that old DS1512+ I already have as far as a NAS is concerned.

    80. Would it be a possibility that Synology developed a “graphics card” to plug into the pci-e expansion slot? So you could choose between graphics acceleration or 10G adapter.

    81. I just have a separate pc that comes on, on demand for when I need to play Plex media. It boots in 10s so it’s fine. I’ve given up on wanting to use a NAS for videos.

    82. Had moved to 1621+ last year, i never found losing the gpu cost me anything. My prefered way to watch video is through ds file and native player, both in home and on the go. I don’t had much those extreme high bit rate video file outside of a select few of collections. Those are wast of storage and money in my opinion.

    83. This whole apparent myth about threads = cores is BS. Even at slightly higher clock speeds, the R will underperform vs. the Celeron in a server environment especially, when running multiple processes 24/7 is key. If they had opted for a 4c/8t ofc no contest, but they didn’t. Incidentally that also makes the whole point about more RAM totally moot. Not to mention the lack of iGPU, which makes this plus generation utterly irrelevant to many of the usual customers in this segment. Oh, and that’s not even mentioning the outdated 1G NIC which is laughable at this point.
      Btw, Pentium branding is also gone as well as Celeron in case anyone wonders.

      I like the back and forth that you guys do though. It’s a great service to your viewers, and ultimately help them choose the right product, ofc on that note your advice should be to avoid this plus generation all together because it’s nothing but a cash grab on Synology’s part 😉

    84. I’m very disappointed about there being no integrated graphics because I think most home users are going to want to play movies on it. Luckily I didn’t hold out on the 923. I gave us waiting and bought the 920 and I’m glad i did. Seems like Synology is definitely heading down the business market on the small units instead of home user.

    85. AMD makes power efficient APUs with integrated graphics – the Ryzen U series processors. The Ryzen 3 5400U has 4 cores, 8 threads, 3 GHz base clock, 4 GHz boost clock, and integrated graphics, all with 15W of power consumption. It seems like that APU would be a perfect fit for a NAS that is going to be used to decode and stream 4k video. It may increase the cost a bit, but consumers who want to stream 4k video from their NAS probably would be willing to pay it.

    86. I’ve been using Synology NAS for 11 years on a 1Gb/sec wired network and am a Plex user. I’ve experimented with various setups to maximize 4K video delivery to various output sizes, as in iPad/iPhone, PC/Mac, 4K smart TV and 1080p projector. Any time a 4K video had to be transcoded to another size, the Synology CPU was buried. By one user. I found out that the Apple TV 4K also performs transcoding of 4K input to match the display it’s connected to. So the server no longer needs to perform the transcoding (unless I’m on my iPhone/iPad, which requires transcoding, and it isn’t pretty)! This means that the Synology NAS needs less processor cores/speed (in most cases) when transmitting video media.

      I, too, am awaiting a new Synology box that provides 4 or 5 discs with at least one 2.5Gbs network connection and a processor/GPU configuration that supports fast video decoding. Without that option, I have no need to upgrade. Synology’s focus is not on multimedia so I look to the near future with doubt. Perhaps Intel will eventually create new devices with this market in mind.

    87. I wanted to upgrade my 713+ / DX513 to an 1821+.. ( 1823 ? 1824?..)
      If it came out with an R1600 I wouldn’t take it.

      I’m ready to put 100 euros more and have power
      they piss off synology not to offer a powerful NAS with graphics

    88. Not that TDP means much at all, but the R1600 is 12-25w. The old J4125 was 10w. Current Celerons are 40-60w. The R1600 has a graphics version and all R1600 support 2 10Gbe. They could have at least given people that. The R1600 from a computing standpoint beats most celerons and people do want to run docker and maybe VMs, so gimping it with a weak CPU would have been a bad decision.

    89. So, I have a DS1821+ with an AMD CPU and all my media on it; Photos, video, and music. I run Plex on an old Dell Latitude laptop with a 2nd Gen i7. I stream my media to 2022 Apple TV’s. Not a single day buffering, local or remote. Works for me, or I’d say so.

    90. It depends on the use of the NAS – for me, the primary function of my current DS920+ is to run a Plex Server for remote devices not direct connected devices – in this case, having an IGPU is very important for me so I was naturally disappointed with the DS923+ using an AMD Ryzen which means I now have to look at QNAP or Asustor Lockstor 4 Gen2 with the N5105 CPU when it comes to upgrading – that or switch to using a Windows PC to run Plex which is not desirable due to power consumption

    91. Synology is going in the wrong direction. They dropped the ball across the field with not only the cpu shift, but not investing in their hardware. Their software is getting stale as well. They clearly are about bottom line profit and not about product… I’m done with them. QNAP is putting money and thought into what they are doing, I’m with them.

    92. I am 100% with Eddie here. This is a pure business release of products cause they “had” to put out their xx2/3 models. Its obvious for anyone that knows this product category that these amd cpu`s is not suited for these nas`es. They are only in there to give themselves a bigger profit.

      They fail on both power consumption and media which is a big deal for this product category. Feel sad for those ending up buying these without knowing this big flaw.

      Not to talk down on amd cpu`s btw, They are great for many things.

    93. Both Intel or AMD is generally fine, lack of integrated graphics is on Synology. I would be happy with DS423+ if it had integrated graphics, but i doubt it will if it’s not Intel CPU, since 4xx+ usually has cheaper CPU and AMD with graphics would be more expensive.

    94. Intel for video encoding, no contest. I have a old QNAP Intel system that I want to replace with a new modern Synology Intel system but Synology don’t want to supply one.

    95. Integrated graphics is a must for plex and with camera’s in mind. But I also find it stupid that intel still does not support ecc memory. I also think that they should support it.

    96. Please, Unraid vs TrueNAS. I’m fed up with Synology’s cheating out on parts and charging tons with crippled systems, with no GPU/ HW encoding, dual cores in 2023, No built in 10GBe. I was waiting for years to upgrade my DS916+ which is still rock solid, but I need to run VMs (I run 1 virtual DSM currently) and to have extra power for more dockers Plex, and I needed more than the 8GB RAM I have and a built in 10GBe.

      I’ve already bought a Lenovo mini PC from 2010 with 6 core 12 threads Intel CPU and upgraded it to 32GB DDR4 RAM and installed Proxmox for my VMs, but confused whether to install TrueNAS or Unraid for Plex and shared drives.

      Thanks for all the efforts mates. I’m an avid follower. Keep up the great work and salute to to seagulls, lol ????????

    97. People love trying to cram as many apps on their NASs as possible, and that usually ends up being the problem. Setting up a Plex server on an old PC that has a GPU can be a much better option. You can still keep all the files on the NAS. Either that or transcode everything into a codec that works on your NAS. Handbrake can batch convert stuff, and works with a large percentage of GPUs for doing things like this.

    98. So, if I’m not wrong if I would watch a 4K HEVC HDR 10bit 60 mbps movie (a BD-REMUX) I should buy the DS920+ right? There is something you are constantly repeating: a client hardware support, what is that???
      If I have a LG C2 OLED TV an Apple TV 4K connected on it and a DS920+, will I have a good experience watching movies on 4K HEVC???? Cause I don’t know if I should wait until DS923 releases, what do you recommend me?

    99. I bought the 1522+ with all my media is HD not 4k it works great. the browser side only seems to work with mp4 videos not sure why. I really like your videos thank you.

    100. Thanks for your videos @NASCompares 😀 They have been helping a lot, especially your DS1522+ coverage! By the way, during DS1522+ manual download for Plex, after clicking Synology (DSM 7), which package should I choose?

    101. Let’s be honest, unless you have the need for server specific features such as transcoding or watch history sync across devices or other shenanigans, you’re going to have a hugely better responsiveness/playback experience on a dedicated device such as Apple TV, or other beefy SBC running Infuse, Kodi or the like. And they can stream at pretty much all resolution/bitrate/codec from any potato or even the lowest tier Synology NAS 😉

    102. I’d probably go with the DS1522+ as it’s newer and has a 10GBE option and if finding I need the transcoding engine I’d just buy a NUC and take the load off the NAS

    103. You didn’t cover my standard usecase. I have 4k files on server, but on device I watch 1080p or 720p due to bandwidth.
      If I understood correctly in case of transcoding new Synology NASes absolutely unusable for two or more users simultaneously

    104. TLDW; Direct Play works fine on any relatively modern CPU architecture, and the slight increase in raw CPU computing power in Ryzen makes no real world difference when playing media in their original format compared to Celeron from a few years back. But the 1522+ is hot garbage anytime you need to transcode. If you ever need to stream outside your own network when traveling, or sharing with friends, or with client hardware that doesn’t support some of your media files, then the 1522+ is functionally useless for you and will be a giant headache to manage.

      I don’t know why you had to sugar coat it with trying to think up cases where the 1522+ would be “good” for Plex – in the real world, you’re going to have to spend an inordinate amount of time checking your media formats to make it work when you just want to watch a movie on your NAS. That’s a terrible user experience compared to the 920+, which “just works” for Plex.

    105. Just the comparison I’ve been looking for! Probably masochistic as I already bought the 920+
      …Love how that every time I watch one of your videos there are more hardware and boxes in your office. Waiting for the video ‘coming to you from behind the Synology boxes’

    106. Thanks for doing this video. Could you try doing the test with a Plex client on a 4k Smart TV or 4k capable dongle? I’m not sure if its true anymore that most of the devices people own don’t support HEVC. Apple’s supported it on their devices for years now. So has LG. I’ve used the Plex clients on both an appleTV 4k and a bottom of the line LG 4k SmartTV from 2016 devices to watch 4k HEVC movies streamed from a DS116 without so much as a hiccup and without plex pass. I may not be in the majority but I’m pretty sure I’m not that much of an outlier.

    107. I have learnt the hard way to stick with Intel CPUs for hardware transcoding. AMD has consistently dropped the ball on video hardware accelerated transcoding compared to Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs. A real shame. I always look for Intel CPUs to meet my hardware accelerated transcoding needs.

    108. I was hoping to upgrade my 718+ to a 4 bay NAS. Looks like it won’t be the 923+ if that does launch with the same processor as expected. The lack of native 10Gb ethernet, together with the price of the optional port, is disappointing too.

    109. Great test vid, cheers. Also thanks for the update on the 923+ on your website. I seriously hoped the 923+ would’ve launched with a CPU that supports hardware transcoding. Disappointed that it’ll probably be just a 4-bay version of the 1522+. All I want in a Synology NAS are: 1) ECC RAM, 2) 4+ bays, 3) hardware transcoding. I can get 2 out of 3 with the 920+ (2 and 3) and the 1522+ (1 and 3) but not all 3…

    110. Wonder if synology will eventually released a NAS capable of 4K transcoding. I’m thinking about building my own NAS with unraid. I’m looking to update my DS1517+ within the next few month possibly. As 4K become the new standard, if I am to spend over 1000$+ on a NAS, I want to be able to futures proof and be fast enough.

    111. Wonder if synology will eventually released a NAS capable of 4K transcoding. I’m thinking about building my own NAS with unraid. I’m looking to update my DS1517+ within the next few month possibly.

    112. Hi there, I currently have a DS420j NAS with about 15TB of content on my drives so far – If I purchased a 920+ or 1522 to upgrade can I just put the drives from my 420 in there or will erase all my content? Is there a way I can do this in the future that you know of? Thanks for the great content and please keep the videos coming! Mick

    113. As I’m in the market, I’d be very grateful if you’d comment on the thoughts from another commenter who is much better informed at this granularity than I ????: “…CPU that cannot keep-up with its 10 GbE link in basic single-client sequential tests to its own cache. In real-world scenarios it is far too easy to tie-up this low-core CPU with other tasks, or small read/writes leaving it crippled for throughput. Even in your best case of around 800 MB/s throughput to cache, with little or no other concurrent tasks, it is incapable of filling its network pipe.
      To put that in context, look at the DS1517+ (yes, that old) with a CPU that was already considered both old and weak (Atom C2538 from 2013). It too could take a 10 GbE card – the regular non-propriety PCIe kind. Even without NVMe cache it could saturate a 10 GbE link on reads with 5 spinning HDDs of that era and run multi-client connections, mixed traffic, background tasks and VMs. Sometime more cores count, even with the terrible C2538. Fast-forward 9 years since the Atom C2538 and Synology launches its latest 5-bay Plus Series NAS with a dual-core CPU that cannot keep-up with the SATA drives it is hosting, gives you 4 x 1 GbE ports (in 2022!) as standard and asks for a considerable upgrade fee for a proprietary 10 GbE card that the CPU cannot keep-up with.
      This really isn’t a Plus Series unit. It’s a J-Series or, if feeling generous, a non-Plus unit with a proprietary NIC capability. If this model had shipped as the DS1522 (ie no +) with onboard 5 GbE or even 2.5 GbE we could cut Synology some slack – right now it deserves scorn and not hard cash.”

    114. You should ask Synology why they pick the embedded version of APU with its iGPU disabled. And there is the version with higher spec and with the Vega graphic as well. So the real question is why Synology picked the APU with disabled iGPU, knowing many of their customers will want a model with better transcoding support by using a little more pricy model of APU with the Vega graphic.

    115. Hey Mate can you give me a hand here. I’m buying my first NAS for my audiophile music set up. It’s between this 1522+ and the 1821+ and I would like to know which you recommend? Which has faster read write speeds? Which one is faster the Quad vs Dual CPU? Cheers from Italy ????

    116. …..@NASCompares ……BEST REGARDs from BAVARIA! …Is it possible to use slot1 & slot2 with HDDs as raid1 “LongTermDataStorage” …and slot3 & slot4 with SSDs as raid1 “CloudStorage” ???? And is it possible to configure the NAS in a way , that if the HDDs are not in use , so that they sleep , while i work on the SSDs ?????

    117. If they would have gone with a 4 core CPU vs 2 core/4 thread I would have considered this an update. But because they decided cheap on on the CPU I am going to have to wait another year to see what comes out in the 5 bay line of Synology.

    118. I appreciate the balanced reporting. The CPU is the showstopper for me. I would have liked to add a 5-bay unit to my DS422+ but I won’t buy a unit without hardware acceleration for media conversion and the 1Gb/s connections were outdated a couple of years ago already. Not a fan of Synology making everything they can proprietary and castrate USB functionality so that one is forced into their proprietary solutions.

    119. I’m using QNAP, Netgear, HP, Drobo, TrueNAS today. I’m new to Synology though and this seems to be a channel to ask about them. Is there a forum for questions and discussion?I’m looking for a suitable NAS that will provide SHR2 and 100TB+ of possible storage for mostly iSCSI use, no media features required.

    120. I bet their CEO is raging 24/7 because he can’t just put a single transistor in there as a CPU. And as for the proprietary crap (branded HDDs and interfaces), at this point I’m just waiting for a new triangular power plug they can sell for only $500 extra. Let’s not even elaborate on the DSM of hell (7.x) that, after coming out years late, is merely a castration of its predecessor.
      Oh well, I guess that’s just how you gotta run things when you absolutely must run your reputation into the ground and alienate as many customers as possible. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    121. No quicksync, no dedicated SSD storage, proprietary NIC, proprietary PSU connector – no thanks.

      It could’ve been a great unit, but not like this. Aimed more at business users it seems. Good review though!

    122. I am really going between 1621+ or this 1522+. I really can’t make my mind. I really want something small, and this model being small, I favor it. But then comes the point 1621+ having the internal power supply and that being more efficient then the external one. I am also going between this having low multicore performance. I guess there is very little to no chance for this to run a vm. If I get this I should be only using this as a storage which is also an option, I can get those aliexpress routers with celeron N6005 and do the plex on there while using the synology for its storage bucket. Yes, currently I am very undecisive on this. Any suggestions from anyone?

    123. Much has been said about the issues with 1Gbe for 3 years but really, what percentage of users need more than that right now? How many devices connect via wifi thereby not being able to saturate even a 1Gbe connection.

    124. I bought a 920+ recently since my use case is focusing on storage with few media streaming and a tiny docker image.
      My feeling now is if you want an extra hot spare bay and spicy cpu power or ram or 10gb you better go for 1522+. I choose 920+ because of low power consumption and I now populate 3/4 bay with ironwolf 4tb 5900RPM due to noise since all of them are in my bedroom.
      Choose what you use. I got 920+ for only 350$ 😀

    125. Awesome video mate.
      I’m only 1 year into using a NAS, I picked up the DS418.
      I use 1 drive for Synology Surveillance Station and 3 drives as media storage for a separate PC that runs Plex Media Server.

      You are such a big help in the NAS space, next step is I would like to add 2.5Gbe to my PC to take advantage of the Link Agreggation to get 2Gb speeds transferring files.

      Cheers mate

    126. What do you think are the QUIETEST drives to put into this? I would be a brand new NAS user. I will be backing up YouTube videos and storing underlying video, and a whole bunch of photos, work files….

    127. Really wish they would have just given us two 2.5Gbe/1Gbe and two USB 3.2-Gen2 ports. Even at the RRP to $850 with the 10Gbe expansion, that sounds ok…4x 1Gbe just feels like a waste of hardware/space and cabling management is going to be a nightmare to setup 4 port LAG.

    128. I decided not to buy DS414, but wait for better DS416 price. Then I decided not to buy DS416, but wait for better DS418 price. Then I decided not to buy DS418, but wait for better DS920+ price. Now I decided not to buy DS920+, but wait for better DS1522+ price ???????? I hope to finally buy a NAS ????????

    129. I am looking into getting my first NAS system. Your series has made it so much easier to understand on what to look for when jumping into the NAS pool. Thank you.

    130. Synology is now just giving a middle finger to all Plex/Emby users. That would be awesome to see Synology carry this CPU through it’s range of 2022 SMB range. Perhaps they have a plan I’m not aware of, maybe their Play series will have iGPU’s and target enthusiasts?

    131. ??? Are there any NAS units that allow for RAID configuration with an all Solid State storage . To eliminate noise and mechanical HD failures? If so, would you please elaborate?

    132. Instead of spending the first minute (maybe more) on some old shitty advert that doesn’t relate to how the Synology DS1522+ performs, maybe you should delve into the facts that are crucial for this device, if you have the skills… I’m hoping I can find true facts somewhere else.

    133. Great review! I want to purchase a DS1522+. It is $699.99 at Amazon in the USA diskless. The DS1520+ still sells there at $679.99. I’m not sure that these ever sell at discount — can you reply to let me know? If not, I may as well buy the newer DS1522+ now. I’m a veteran and some resellers provide veterans discount (not Amazon) — are there other resellers anyone here is aware of that may have a veteran’s discount opportunity (for example when I buy at Apple, Home Depot, Lowes, etc). Thank you.

    134. Thanks for the great video.

      It would be nice to see in real time how the 1522 works with playing or editing video files. I normally perform all video rendering from my PC, not the NAS, and use the NAS for file storage. But, how will the 1522 perform if I decide to edit an older video file that Is stored on the 1522?

    135. So, they managed to go even below their anemic V1500B. Wow, just wow. Obviously, scratching features off DSM 7 and pushing cheap Toshiba drives with Synology labels nobody ever asked for at eye-watering prices onto customers wasn’t enough. Amazing how some companies will put forward so much effort into running their brand and trust built over decades straight into the ground.

    136. Poor. Synology seems stuck in the past and trying to tap into the Apple mindset of slick software and limited market options for upgrades. Aged 1gb ports, aged and few USB, limited HDD and SSD compatibility, proprietary and expensive 10gb port (20% of unit cost!), and expansion boxes priced as if they’re full NAS boxes. I won’t be sticking with Synology for my next box, for sure. Shame, as the software is good, but it isn’t that good

    137. Cores one-to-one will always be better than threads, plain and simple. So this certainly is a downgrade, at best a sidegrade. Whether that higher clock speed will mitigate some portion of that remains to be seen.
      Doesn’t change the fact that this is a completely pointless product though, when looking at the competition and even recent DS generations, as well as the myriad of shortcomings and downsides Synology has imposed on its customers in general at this point. Disappointing but not surprising.

    138. Was looking at this NAS model but ended up building my own unraid NAS with an Intel i5 12500 in a Jonsbo N1 case, 32gb ram with a 2.5gbe lan port for a total of £670. I will still continue to use a few of the sonology apps on my DS718+ like photos etc but unraid seems the way forward for me.

    139. Seagulls must be mating in the background ???????? 9:27, 34:08, 35:22 and even got 2 I hate seagulls at 30:44 and 36:19 ???? Good review, thanks for your time putting this together, looking forward to the Plex test! Also did you color your beard? ????‍♂️

    140. I’m always checking the CPU, and picked models that had the atom processor. I know the history of this, tiny power usage with good performance, which does work well in my testing; although I suspect some of these other processors maybe doing better, I’m just not familiar with them enough to put money on them. Although every machine that I’ve across which is performing really really badly always seems to have a Celeron in it.

    141. Great review, looking forward to the media streaming and the network test video. On one of your previous videos you’ve mentioned that it’s possible to stream 4k without transcoding and the need of an embedded gpu as long as it is done locally on a capable client, I wonder if this NAS can do an easy job streaming 4k to an AppleTv 4k via Plex while on a gigabit ethernet?

    142. Why synology is so poor in regards to the USB ports???…it’s disappointing…not to mention about 1GBE ethernet…Real bad connectivity…worst hardware upgrade ever…

    143. I am about to buy DS1821+. Do you think that its successor DS1823+ will come out later this year? Is it worth waiting a couple of months? I am not in hurry, but if I could get a great deal on DS1821+, I’ll take it anyways 🙂

    144. Synology would be best served to hire you as part of their development review before they release their devices in the wild. Woopee.. this can hit 32GB of ECC DRAM. I am still running my DS-918+ because that also runs on 32GB RAM, I have two 512GB M.2 SSD drives in the cache slots. I have four Seagate 8TB 7200 RPM drives, and the CPU has 4-Cores/4-Threads. Yeah, I’d love to have a newer CPU with more speed, cache memory, and built in GRAPHICS, but Synology isn’t listening. So I am not running out to by a new system from Synology and for once in my NAS journey, I am starting to look into other brands with 2.5Gb LAN ports and quite frankly better CPU specs.

    145. It looks like ds1621+ would be a much more solid option – it’s not that much more expensive, but it’s got better cpu and regular pcie slot as opposed to this proprietary contraption. I’m looking to upgrade my ancient ds1512+ which has served me well for what feels like eternity, but I was seriously hoping for 2.5G as my network is all 2.5G…

    146. Great job as usual. Thank you. I use Wi-Fi only so not concerned about 10Gbe Ethernet. What i am concerned about is the lack of integrated graphics and transcoding. Here in the US the DS 1520+ and DS 1522+ sell both for $700 at some locations. I am not sure if the 22 version is really a significant improvement for those who care about transcoding and do not have extensive surveillance camera system.

    147. I recently got a DS1520+ at a good price even though I knew this model was out. I wanted 5 bays and Plex hardware transcoding. Since it is for home use the potential file throughput performance, 10Gbe, and extra RAM is not that important vs. transcoding. I have UniFi system with NVR so I do not need surveillance support. No issues with HDD compatibility either. I am normally one to always want latest and greatest but not in this case.

    148. I actually prefer my DS1520+ with 20GB RAM (aftermarket RAM upgrade from Crucial) due to its ability to process and transcode video effectively via hardware. I honestly think a more powerful Ryzen CPU should have been used, or maybe a laptop based APU that has hardware acceleration. I’m worried this is a miss from Synology and have zero desire to upgrade.

    149. By the time you put 10GB Synology proprietary network card and Synology proprietary M.2 SSD, the cost of this NAS is already above 1250 EURs and I don’t even include here a proprietary memory upgrade, exactly just like apple, why these companies only copy the bad examples. Ok, good luck with that.

    150. Great video my friend. Still holding out a shred of hope that Synology will still release the 922+ this year :- Are you guys in the know, hearing anything to that end? Either way, keep up the good work fellas – love the channel!

    151. JUST made this video Live, so if you are only seeing 480p/720p, come back in 15mins when YouTube has finished processing the higher resolutions. Thanks for watching!