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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
DS423+
DS620slim - -
AS5404T
AS6706T
AS6704T
AS1104T - -
AS3304T - -
AS6604T
AS5304T - -

LATEST PRICE LIST

DS423+571.33 GBP556.52 USD
DS620slim506.6 GBP543.96 USD
AS5404T529 GBP580.84 USD
AS6706T819 GBP820 USD
AS6704T811.77 GBP629.99 USD
AS1104T334.37 GBP269 USD
AS3304T294 GBP339 USD
AS6604T574.99 USD
AS5304T479.98 GBP459 USD

BEST FOR Virtualisation

NAS CPU Cores Threads Speed (GHz) Docker/VM Score ECC
DS423+ Intel Celeron J4125 4 4 2 (MAX:2.7) Docker/VM 2982 NO /2 GB DDR4 non-ECC
DS620slim Intel Celeron J3355 2 2 2 (MAX:2.5) Docker/VM 1183 NO /2 GB DDR3L non-ECC
AS5404T Intel Celeron N5105 4 4 2 (MAX:2.9) Docker/VM 4036 NO /4 GB DDR4 (1 x 4 GB + 1 free)
AS6706T Intel Celeron N5105 4 4 2 (MAX:2.9) Docker/VM 4036 NO /8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 Compatibility
AS6704T Intel Celeron N5105 4 4 2 (MAX:2.9) Docker/VM 4036 NO /4 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 Compatibility
AS1104T Realtek RTD1296 4 4 1.4 Docker 650 NO /2 GB DDR4 Compatibility
AS3304T Realtek RTD1296 4 4 1.4 Docker 650 NO /2 GB DDR4 Compatibility
AS6604T Intel Celeron J4125 4 4 2 (MAX:2.7) Docker/VM 2982 NO /4 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 Compatibility
AS5304T Intel Celeron J4105 4 4 1.5 (MAX:2.5) Docker/VM 2984 NO /4 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 Compatibility

BEST FOR MULTIMEDIA

NAS GPU Base_GHz/Max Codec FPS Transcoding Plex
DS423+ Intel® UHD Graphics 600 250/750 H.264 60 2160 2160p
DS620slim Intel® HD Graphics 500 250/700 H.264 30 2160 1080p
AS5404T Intel® UHD Graphics 450/800 H.264 60 2160 2160p
AS6706T Intel® UHD Graphics 450/800 H.264 60 2160 2160p
AS6704T Intel® UHD Graphics 450/800 H.264 60 2160 2160p
AS1104T GPU: Mali T820 GPU / H.264, H.265 60 2160 720p
AS3304T GPU: Mali T820 GPU / H.264, H.265 60 2160 720p
AS6604T Intel® UHD Graphics 600 250/750 H.264 60 2160 2160p
AS5304T Intel® UHD Graphics 600 250/750 H.264 60 2160 1080p

BEST FOR FILE STORAGE

NAS BAYS Bandwidth HDD storage expansion Drive mixing File System
DS423+ 4 HDD 2Gbit (2 ports combined) 88TB EXT4 BTRFS
DS620slim 6 HDD 2Gbit (2 ports combined) 132TB EXT4 BTRFS
AS5404T 4 HDD 5Gbit (2 ports combined) 88TB EXT4 BTRFS
AS6706T 6 HDD 5Gbit (2 ports combined) 132TB EXT4 BTRFS
AS6704T 4 HDD 5Gbit (2 ports combined) 88TB EXT4 BTRFS
AS1104T 4 HDD 2.5Gbit (1 ports combined) 88TB EXT4
AS3304T 4 HDD 2.5Gbit (1 ports combined) 88TB EXT4
AS6604T 4 HDD 5Gbit (2 ports combined) 88TB EXT4 BTRFS
AS5304T 4 HDD 5Gbit (2 ports combined) 88TB 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
DS423+ folder/barebone face volume/folder
DS620slim folder face /folder
AS5404T folder /folder
AS6706T folder /folder
AS6704T folder /folder
AS1104T folder /folder
AS3304T folder /folder
AS6604T folder /folder
AS5304T folder /folder

BEST FOR VIDEO EDITING

NAS MAX LAN speed Ports transcoding PCIe NVMe
DS423+ 1Gbit 2x NVME gen2 x1 ???
DS620slim 1Gbit
AS5404T 2.5Gbit 4x PCIe Gen 3 m.2 NVMe
AS6706T 2.5Gbit 1 slot 4
AS6704T 2.5Gbit 1 slot 4
AS1104T 2.5Gbit
AS3304T 2.5Gbit
AS6604T 2.5Gbit 2 x NVME
AS5304T 2.5Gbit

BEST FOR SURVEILLANCE (CCTV)

NAS HDMI QVM transcoding AI
DS423+
DS620slim
AS5404T HDMI 2.0b 4K 60PFS
AS6706T HDMI 2.0b
AS6704T HDMI 2.0b
AS1104T
AS3304T
AS6604T 1x HDMI 2.0a
AS5304T 1x HDMI 2.0a

BEST FOR SMART HOME/ AI

NAS Virtual switch Docker/VM HDMI S/PDIF / AUX
DS423+ Docker/VM
DS620slim Docker/VM
AS5404T Docker/VM HDMI 2.0b 4K 60PFS
AS6706T Docker/VM HDMI 2.0b
AS6704T Docker/VM HDMI 2.0b
AS1104T Docker
AS3304T Docker
AS6604T Docker/VM 1x HDMI 2.0a
AS5304T Docker/VM 1x HDMI 2.0a

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AVAILABILITY / RELEASE DATE

Brand Model TW USA UK Released
Synology DS423+ 2023-03
Synology DS620slim 2020-06
Asustor AS5404T 2023-07
Asustor AS6706T 2022-04
Asustor AS6704T 2022-04
Asustor AS1104T 2021-05
Asustor AS3304T 2021-04
Asustor AS6604T 2020-09
Asustor AS5304T 2020-09

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SOFTWARE - /10
HARDWARE - /10
PERFORMANCE - /10
PRICE - /10
VALUE - /10


0.0
PROS
CONS

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


7.8
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
👍🏻Supports M.2 NVMe SSD Storage Pools
👍🏻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 3yr Warranty
CONS
👎🏻No means to upgrade network connectivity and 1GbE by default
👎🏻Memory maximum cap at 6GB as original 2GB is fixed (non-upgradable)
👎🏻Too similar to the DS920+
👎🏻Non-Expandable
👎🏻2019/2020 Gen Intel CPU

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


7.6
PROS
👍🏻Affordable 6-Bay Solution
👍🏻Incredible low footprint in your environment
👍🏻Supports Plex Media Server
👍🏻4K Media Playback and Transcoding
👍🏻LAG/Trunking Support
👍🏻Supports 15mm Drives
👍🏻VERY quiet
👍🏻Supports DSM 6.2.2 Very Well
👍🏻2.5″ Focused, but very capable
CONS
👎🏻Shame it’s not the 4-Core J3455
👎🏻Only 2x RJ45, Bottleneck for Faster Media
👎🏻10Gbe would have made this INCREDIBLE

ASUSTOR provides their own ADM server software platform with all of their solutions and although it is not quite as advanced as offerings from most expensive NAS solutions in the market, it still arrives with a huge range of applications, services and is accessible via a web browser, mobile applications and desktop client tools. Their latest revision of this software is remarkably responsive and this alongside a number of their solutions also arriving with HDMI support means that you have a wide range of ways in which to access the data on your Asustor NAS in a tailored and appropriate way. The majority of their NAS solutions also arrive with BTRFS support too, as well as possibly the widest support in the market for 3rd party tools available in their application center. They are a little less polishing in the design of some of their tools compared with their biggest competitors Synology and QNAP, but they also provide a better value for money in their hardware with many solution such as the Locksterstor series featuring some genuinely game changing hardware for the price point. Here are some of the highlights of the ADM software catalogue:

Plex - Hardware Transcoding (with a Plex Pass) is likely and with 1080p handled very well indeed, as well as some Plex 4K transcoding in H.265 - lower tier stuff though

Virtual Machines - A graphical embedded CPU like the Gemini Lake in this Nimbustor NAS will run Windows 10 and Android VMs very well. With the added support for Ubuntu and Hackintosh with VirtualBox

Storage Management - BTRFS Support, as well as EXT4 for the traditionalist, Multiple Snapshot storage and browsing for recovery, a large number of ISCSI and LUN target creation, fast-acting SSD caching use

Network Management - Support of LAG, Load Balancing and virtual switches, as well as maintaining top transmission over 2.5/5Gbe for editing or gaming over the network. As well as Jumbo Frame control, DDNS automation, Wake on LAN support and internet/external NAS access with EZ Connect

Backups - Supporting a wide range of multi-tiered backup options that can be carried out simultaneously thanks to the powerful CPU in the Nimbustor NAS, such as network RSync, USB Backups, NAS-2-NAS migration, Cloud Backups with Google Drive, Dropbox and Backblaze and numerous RAID levels internally for redundancy.

Content Management - Numerous Content Management Systems (CMS) and Customer Relationship Managers (CRMs) available in 1st and 3rd party forms, with simultaneous operations supported by the Asustor Nimbustor 4 NAS

User Account Control - Supporting over 4,000 accounts, each with their own bespoke privileges and access levels, as well as grouping methods to automate the process easily

Security - AES 256bit hardware encryption on data in/out of the device, as well as over backup methods, with the J4105 CPU in the AS5304T maintaining high R/W speeds throughout, as well as Windows ACL permission and configuration, auto blacklisting and multiple VPN provider support

Antivirus (ClamAV) – Scheduled Scans, Automatic Virus Definition Updates, Quarantine Infected Files

Download Center – Supports BT(Torrent & Magnet Link), HTTP and FTP Downloads, Torrent Search, Bandwidth Control, RSS Subscription and Automatic Downloading (Broadcatching), ASUSTOR Download Assistant for Windows & Mac

DropBox, OneDrive and Google Drive Sync – Each ADM Account is Able to Individually Log into one cloud Account, supporting Sync, Directly Upload Files to cloud from the NAS, or from cloud to NAS

LooksGood Media App –Built-in three main video library categories; movies, TV shows, home movies and smart video sorting management

    • The efficient global search function allows for searches by keywords followed by the execution of more detailed searches for the purpose of finding categories of movies, TV shows, home movies and parameters such as actors, director, year, genre, writer and title

    • Attractive poster wall and thumbnail display

    • Automatic production of video poster thumbnails

    • Centralized management and ability to configure the order of favourites and playlist history

    • The system administrator is able to configure video library and editing permissions according to user preferences

    • Can configure access permissions to share with

    • Multimedia conversion feature

    • Self-defined smart folder for video conversions

    • Supports digital TV recordings via digital

    • Easy streaming with Chromecast and DLNA

    • Supports playback of videos in Apple TV via AiVideos tvOS version

Mail Server – Each ADM Account can Become an Independent Email Account, Provides SMTP, IMAP and POP3 Mail Protocols, Spam Filter and Black List Settings, Antivirus Scanning for Emails, Exclusive Email Backup Mechanism, Auto-Forwarding and Auto-Response Protocols

Photo Gallary – “Album” and “Browse” Viewing Modes, Manage Photo Album Access Rights: Public Access, Restricted to Certain Accounts, Album Password, Multi-level Folder Structure Support, Supports Tagging of Photos, One-click Sharing to Social Media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Plurk, email), Intuitive Drag and Drop Management, Slideshow Viewing Mode, Supports a Wide Range of Image Formats: JPG/JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, RAW and Supports Video Playback

Surveillance Center – Up to 64 channels in 720p on single live view display, On-screen camera controls including camera PTZ, manual recordings, take snapshots, configure camera settings and open Maps, Up to 4 channels of synchronous and non-synchronous playback with audio, Intelligent video analytics including motion detection and foreign object detection, Supported Browsers: Windows Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Mac Safari, Mac Firefox ESR, Event notification supports SMS, E-mail, and mobile push notification, AiSecure mobile app for iOS and Android with Push notification, Maximum IP Cam (4 Free Licenses; Additional Licenses to be Purchased)

Takeasy – Download from YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch and More, Selectable Video Type and Quality, Automatic Downloads with YouTube or Twitch Subscriptions, Preview Downloads in Progress and Online Playback

SoundsGood Audio App – Import Personal/Public Music Collection, Personal/Public Music Collection Permission Control, Playlist Editor, ID3 Tag Editor, Local Speaker Support: HDMI, USB, Audio Jack, Supported Audio Formats for Browser: MP3, WAV, Ogg, Supported Audio Formats for Transcoding Through Browser: AIFF, Flac, Supported Audio Formats for Local Speaker: MP3, WAV, Ogg, AIFF, Flac

Backup Tools – Rsync (Remote Sync) Backup, Cloud Backup, FTP Backup, External Backup, One-Touch Backup, EZ Sync, Btrfs Snapshots

How many of these tools are supported on any particular Asustor NAS and the frequency of applications your can run at once will still depend on the hardware of the solution you are looking at in their portfolio, but the bulk of them are available on ALL solutions from the brand. Find out more below in my reviews of ADM:

Asustor ADM Video Review


LATEST PRICE LIST

DS423+571.33 GBP556.52 USD
DS620slim506.6 GBP543.96 USD
AS5404T529 GBP580.84 USD
AS6706T819 GBP820 USD
AS6704T811.77 GBP629.99 USD
AS1104T334.37 GBP269 USD
AS3304T294 GBP339 USD
AS6604T574.99 USD
AS5304T479.98 GBP459 USD
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