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GENERAL NAS FEATURE COMPARISON

NAS Plex (local 4K) Plex HD (remote) Plex 4K (remote) BACKUP (MS/GOOGLE OFFICE) BACKUP (BAREBONE) PHOTOS (OBJECT AI) VIDEO EDITING (4K) VIDEO EDITING (8K) DOCKER VIRTUAL MACHINES PC MODE (QVM) 2.5GbE 10GbE 25GbE Thunderbolt NVMe Pcie Expansion HDMI Drive Mixing
DS224+
SA6400
RS3621xs+

LATEST PRICE LIST

DS224+323.48 GBP596.97 USD
SA64009245.77 GBP
RS3621xs+4223.95 GBP4530.12 USD

BEST FOR Virtualisation

NAS CPU Cores Threads Speed (GHz) Docker/VM Score ECC
DS224+ Intel Celeron J4125 4 4 2 (MAX:2.7) Docker/VM 2982 NO /2 GB DDR4 non-ECC
SA6400 AMD EPYC 7272 12 24 2.9 (MAX:3.2) Docker/VM 26446 ECC /32 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM
RS3621xs+ Intel Xeon D-1541 8 16 2.1 (MAX:2.7) Docker/VM 10154 ECC /8 GB DDR4 ECC UDIMM

BEST FOR MULTIMEDIA

NAS GPU Base_GHz/Max Codec FPS Transcoding Plex
DS224+ Intel® UHD Graphics 600 250/750 H.264 60 2160 2160p
SA6400 / 0 4320p
RS3621xs+ / 0 2160p

BEST FOR FILE STORAGE

NAS BAYS Bandwidth HDD storage expansion Drive mixing File System
DS224+ 2 HDD 2Gbit (2 ports combined) 44TB EXT4 BTRFS
SA6400 12 HDD 24Gbit (6 ports combined) 264TB EXT4 BTRFS
RS3621xs+ 12 HDD 24Gbit (6 ports combined) 264TB EXT4 BTRFS

*All NAS support multiple RAID/ volume groups, if you want to mix different size drive on non supported model.

BEST FOR BACKUP

NAS Level HA AI Google Microsoft encryption
DS224+ folder/barebone face volume/folder
SA6400 folder face+object /folder
RS3621xs+ folder/barebone face+object volume/folder

BEST FOR VIDEO EDITING

NAS MAX LAN speed Ports transcoding PCIe NVMe
DS224+ 1Gbit
SA6400 10Gbit 2x RJ-45 10GbE 2 x Gen3 x8
RS3621xs+ 10Gbit 2x RJ-45 10GbE 2 x Gen3 x8

BEST FOR SURVEILLANCE (CCTV)

NAS HDMI QVM transcoding AI
DS224+
SA6400
RS3621xs+

BEST FOR SMART HOME/ AI

NAS Virtual switch Docker/VM HDMI S/PDIF / AUX
DS224+ Docker/VM
SA6400 Docker/VM
RS3621xs+ Docker/VM

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AVAILABILITY / RELEASE DATE

Brand Model TW USA UK Released
Synology DS224+ 2023-07
Synology SA6400 2022-11
Synology RS3621xs+ 2021-01

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RELATED REVIEWS

SOFTWARE - 10/10
HARDWARE - 6/10
PERFORMANCE - 7/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 7/10


7.6
PROS
👍🏻Synology 4-Bay NAS with a 4-Core Intel Integrated Gfx Processor - Lovely stuff!
👍🏻Runs Everything in the Synology DSM Catalogue (Active Backup, Surveillance Station, VMM, Drive, Collab Suite, etc)
👍🏻Great Plex, Emby and Jellyfin Media Server Performance
👍🏻Broad HDD/SSD Compatibility with Synology drives AND Seagate+WD
👍🏻Low Impact chassis, low noise in operation (HDD dependant) and efficient power use
👍🏻Runs exceedingly well on just 2GB of Memory
👍🏻More affordable than the DS923+ and DS723+
👍🏻Long-running DSM Support beyond the Hardware
CONS
👎🏻No means to upgrade network connectivity and 1GbE by default
👎🏻Memory maximum cap at 6GB as original 2GB is fixed (non-upgradable)
👎🏻Small Jump from the 2020 released DS220+
👎🏻Non-Expandable
👎🏻Lack of M.2 NVMe Support

SOFTWARE - 9/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 7/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.4
PROS
👍🏻8-Core Xeon Processor
👍🏻Two 10GBe Connections as Standard
👍🏻Two PCIe Gen 3 x8 PCIe Equipped
👍🏻4 Slots that Support DDR4 ECC UDIMM Memory
👍🏻Excellent choice of Apps
👍🏻Redundant PSU as Standard
👍🏻Numerous Backup Software Options
👍🏻Huge Virtualization Support
👍🏻Storage Can be Expanded to 36 SATA Drives
👍🏻5yr Warranty
CONS
👎🏻NVMe SSDs Ports not available, unlike desktop alternatives
👎🏻Very Limited Hard Drives Supported (Largely ONLY Synology HAT5300 series)
👎🏻64GB Memory Maximum Seems Low, given other Enterprise Solutions support 128/256GB


LATEST PRICE LIST

DS224+323.48 GBP596.97 USD
SA64009245.77 GBP
RS3621xs+4223.95 GBP4530.12 USD
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