Synology 8 bay NAS DiskStation DS1819+ OR QNAP TS-873

Hello, and thank you so much for your help. I need some solid advice on what NAS to choose, either the
Synology 8 bay NAS DiskStation DS1819+ OR QNAP TS-873-4G-US.

I plan on filling each bay with 10TB. When I purchase them, I plan on starting with 4x10TB at first in RAID5/SHR then add more drives as needed. When I get to six HDDs, I plan on converting to RAID6/SRH2. My main uses will be:
• Another storage medium for important document
• Plex media server (not sure about transcoding yet)
• Sync with Google Drive/Microsoft OneDrive
• If possible, I may start messing around with VM (just for fun)
The big items that are making me question what one I should get is
• Should I choose SHR2 over RAID6 only in case I upgrade HDDs down the line
o I plan on 80TB (60TB in RAID6/SHR2) total serving me well for the next 5-10 years
• How vital is transcoding since all my videos are MP4? I currently have a couple of WD My Cloud, and the direct streams are pretty good
• How different are the apps between the two?
I also want to say thank you for your information on your websites/YouTube. Even though I am stuck on these two, I watched/read hours to get me here.


Hello Justin,
I think a TS-873 will be a better choice in this case for one simple reason. A PCIe slot can be used for graphics card upgrade when you do need transcoding functionality. If all your files are converted into supported MP4 files then you might never need to transcode. But in few years 4K videos will become a standard. And if you want to stream on your phone or tablet, you may not be able to do it. By default it comes without GPU and therefore without transcoding. The only thing Synology stands out with is SHR allowing you to mix different size drives.
All other things can be done with either of these NAS models.
The apps a very similar as they are competing with each other all the time. It is good for a customer.

I hope this helps.

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