Synology DS223 released in Taiwan

Synology DS223 released in Taiwan. 

The new Synology DS223 is a powerful and versatile network-attached storage solution that is perfect for both home and business use. With its Realtek RTD1619B processor, this device is able to deliver lightning-fast performance and support for a wide range of features.

One of the key features of the DS223 is its powerful processor, which features 4-cores running at 1.7 GHz, along with a Mali-G51 Bifrost GPU and an NPU with 1.6TOPS AI. This combination of hardware allows the device to handle even the most demanding workloads with ease. Additionally, the DS223 also features a hardware encryption engine for added security.

The memory size has not changed and is still 2GB DDR4. This will mean limitations on the number of apps you can run simultaneously.

In terms of storage, the DS223 offers 2 disk slots, which can accommodate both 3.5″ SATA HDDs and 2.5″ SATA SSDs. The device also supports disk hot-plugging, allowing users to add or remove disks without shutting down the device.

In addition to its powerful hardware, the DS223 also offers a wide range of connectivity options, including an RJ-45 1GbE LAN port and 3 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, which can be used for data transfer, backup, and more. The device also supports USB / SD Copy, allowing users to quickly and easily transfer files to and from USB drives and SD cards.

The DS223 also supports a wide range of file systems, including Btrfs, EXT4, EXT3, FAT, NTFS, HFS+, and exFAT, both for internal and external disk. This allows users to easily store, organize, and share files, regardless of the file type or operating system.

With its sleek and compact design, the DS223 is also easy to integrate into any home or office setting. It measures 165 mm x 108 mm x 232.7 mm and weigh 1.28 kg, and it features a 92 mm x 92 mm system fan with three different modes: full speed, low temperature, and silent mode. It also includes Front panel LED indicators with adjustable brightness, Automatic power recovery, and it has a noise value of 14.6 dB(A).

The device also comes with a variety of certifications, including FCC, CE, BSMI, VCCI, RCM, UKCA, EAC, CCC, and KC, as well as a 2-year hardware warranty, which can be extended up to 4 years with the purchase of Extended Warranty Plus. It also complies with RoHS standards.

The package contents include the host, accessory bag, transformer, power cord, RJ-45 network cable, and a quick installation guide. And it includes optional accessories as well like 3.5″ SATA HDD, 2.5″ SATA SSD, VisualStation, Surveillance Device Authorization Key, RAM module, and more.

In conclusion, the new Synology DS223 offers a powerful, versatile, and easy-to-use network-attached storage solution that is perfect for both home and business use. With its powerful processor, large amount of memory, and wide range of connectivity options, it can handle even the most demanding workloads with ease, making it a great option for anyone looking for a reliable and high-performing NAS device.

Synology DS223 specs

 

processor

Processor model

Realtek RTD1619B

Number of CPUs

1

processor architecture

64-bit

processor clock

4-core 1.7 GHz (4 threads) with Mali-G51 Bifrost GPU + NPU 1.6TOPS AI

hardware encryption engine

Memory

system memory

2 GB DDR4 non-ECC

Remark

Synology reserves the right to replace memory components with the same or higher frequency depending on the supplier’s product availability. Its compatibility and stability have undergone the same rigorous testing and inspection, please feel free to use it.

storage device

Number of slots

2

Compatible Disk Type* (see all supported disks)

• 3.5″ SATA HDD

•2.5″ SATA SSD

Disk hot-plug support*

Remark

Compatible disk type refers to the type of hard disk that is confirmed to be compatible with the product after actual measurement, not the maximum speed limit of the hard disk slot.

external port

RJ-45 1GbE LAN port*

1

USB 3.2 Gen 1 port*

3

USB / SD Copy

Remark

• The maximum MTU value of the 1GbE network port of this product is 1500.

•The USB-IF renamed the standard formerly known as USB 3.0 as USB 3.2 Gen 1 in 2019.

file system

internal disk

• Btrfs

•EXT4

external disk

• Btrfs

•EXT4

•EXT3

•FAT

•NTFS

•HFS+

•exFAT

Exterior

Size (HXWXD)

165 mm x 108 mm x 232.7 mm

weight

1.28 kg

other projects

system fan

92 mm x 92 mm x 1 pcs

fan mode

• full speed mode

•low temperature mode

•silent mode

Front panel LED indicators with adjustable brightness

Automatic power recovery

Noise value*

14.6 dB(A)

Timer switch

wake on lan

Power Supply / Transformer

60 W

AC input voltage

100V to 240V AC

current frequency

50/60 Hz, single frequency

power consumption

17.343 W (access)

4.08 W (disk hibernation)

BTU

59.19 BTU/hr (access)

13.92 BTU/hr (disk hibernation)

Remark

•Noise level test environment: The Synology system is fully loaded with Synology SATA SSD hard drives in standby mode, and two GRAS Type 40AE microphones are set up at a distance of 1 meter from the front and back of the device. Background noise value: 16.49-17.51 dB(A); temperature: 24.25-25.75˚C; humidity: 58.2-61.8%.

temperature

Operating temperature

0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)

Storage temperature

-20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)

Relative humidity

5% to 95% RH

certification body

• FCC

•CE

•BSMI

•VCCI

•RCM

•UKCA

•EAC

•CCC

•KC

warranty

2-year hardware warranty, you can purchase Extended Warranty Plus to enjoy up to 4-year product warranty service.

Remark

• Product availability information may vary by country. Before purchasing, please go to the official webpage of EW201/202 and Extended Warranty Plus to check the current list of eligible regions.

•The warranty period begins on the date of purchase stated on the purchase receipt.

environment

RoHS Compliant

package contents

• Host X 1

•Accessory bag X 1

•Transformer X 1

•Power cord X 1

•RJ-45 network cable X 1

•Quick Installation Guide X 1

optional accessories

• 3.5″ SATA HDD: HAT5300

•2.5″ SATA SSD: SAT5210

•VisualStation: VS360HD

•Surveillance Device Authorization

Tell me more about this DS223 CPU

The RTD1619B is a SoC (system on a chip) developed by Realtek, a Taiwan-based company that specializes in the design of semiconductor solutions for a wide range of applications, including IoT, multimedia, communications, and more.

The RTD1619B is built on a 64-bit architecture, meaning it can handle 64-bit instructions and data and can address a larger amount of memory than a 32-bit CPU. It has 4 cores, meaning it can process 4 concurrent threads, and it operates at a clock speed of 1.7 GHz.

The RTD1619B is also equipped with a Mali-G51 GPU. Mali-G51 is a part of the Mali family of GPUs developed by ARM. It is a Bifrost GPU, which is the middle tier of ARM’s Mali GPU offerings and has a performance of 1.5 Gpix/s. It also included with NPU (Neural Processing Unit) which is able to perform 1.6TOPS of AI operations.

It’s likely that this SoC is targeted at embedded and IoT applications that require some level of real-time processing and AI capabilities, such as smart home devices, cameras, and other similar products.

RTD1296 vs RTD1619B

The RTD1296 and RTD1619B are both SoCs developed by Realtek, both with 64-bit architecture, and both with 4 cores. However, there are a few key differences between the two:

  1. Clock speed: The RTD1619B has a higher clock speed of 1.7 GHz compared to the RTD1296’s 1.4 GHz. This means that the RTD1619B will generally perform faster than the RTD1296 for tasks that rely heavily on the CPU’s processing power.
  2. GPU: The RTD1619B comes with a Mali-G51 GPU, while the RTD1296 comes with a Mali-T820 MP3 GPU. Both are developed by ARM, Mali-G51 is Bifrost architecture and have a performance of 1.5 Gpix/s, meanwhile, Mali-T820 is Midgard architecture and have a performance of 1.2 Gpix/s. In general, the Mali-G51 GPU has higher performance than the Mali-T820 MP3, thus the RTD1619B is better equipped to handle tasks that require graphics processing, such as video decoding and gaming.
  3. NPU: The RTD1619B comes with a NPU (Neural Processing Unit) that is able to perform 1.6TOPS of AI operations. This gives the RTD1619B an edge over the RTD1296 in tasks that require AI-related processing, such as image recognition and machine learning.
  4. Power consumption: The RTD1619B may have higher power consumption than RTD1296 because of it’s faster clock speed and additional functionality.

It’s worth noting that these are general comparisons, and the performance of each SoC can also depend on other factors such as the memory, storage, and specific implementation of the software.

 

Can I upgrade RAM on DS223?

No, memory is soldered on the board. Here how it looks inside the box

DS218 vs DS218play vs DS223. What has changed?

The new RTD1619B CPU is slightly faster per each core (1.7 GHz). The RAM size stays the same as it was on DS218. The single USB2 ports is now replaced with USB3. There are now 3 USB3 ports altogether.
DS223 comes with independent NPU built-in, which can be used in lightweight AI applications.
 
Model DS218
DS218
DS218play

DS218play

DS223

DS223

Processor model Realtek RTD1296 Realtek RTD1296 Realtek RTD1619B
Number of CPUs 1 1 1
processor architecture 64-bit 64-bit 64-bit
processor clock 4-core 1.4 GHz 4-core 1.4 GHz 4-core 1.7 GHz
hardware encryption engine
Memory
system memory 2 GB DDR4 non-ECC 1 GB DDR4 non-ECC 2 GB DDR4 non-ECC
Remark Synology reserves the right to replace memory components with the same or higher frequency depending on the supplier’s product availability. Its compatibility and stability have undergone the same rigorous testing and inspection, please feel free to use it. Synology reserves the right to replace memory components with the same or higher frequency depending on the supplier’s product availability. Its compatibility and stability have undergone the same rigorous testing and inspection, please feel free to use it. Synology reserves the right to replace memory components with the same or higher frequency depending on the supplier’s product availability. Its compatibility and stability have undergone the same rigorous testing and inspection, please feel free to use it.
storage device
Number of slots 2 2 2
Compatible Disk Type* (see all supported disks)
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA HDD (with optional 2.5″ HDD bay)
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD (with optional 2.5″ HDD bay)
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD
Disk hot-plug support*
Remark Compatible disk type refers to the type of hard disk that is confirmed to be compatible with the product after actual measurement, not the maximum speed limit of the hard disk slot. Compatible disk type refers to the type of hard disk that is confirmed to be compatible with the product after actual measurement, not the maximum speed limit of the hard disk slot. Compatible disk type refers to the type of hard disk that is confirmed to be compatible with the product after actual measurement, not the maximum speed limit of the hard disk slot.
external port
RJ-45 1GbE LAN port 1 1 1
USB 2.0 port 1
USB 3.2 Gen 1 port* 2 2 3
USB / SD Copy
Remark The USB-IF renamed the standard formerly known as USB 3.0 as USB 3.2 Gen 1 in 2019. The USB-IF renamed the standard formerly known as USB 3.0 as USB 3.2 Gen 1 in 2019.
  • The maximum MTU value of the 1GbE network port of this product is 1500.
  • The USB-IF renamed the standard formerly known as USB 3.0 as USB 3.2 Gen 1 in 2019.
file system
internal disk
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT4
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
Power
Noise value* 19.3 dB(A) 19.9 dB(A) 14.6 dB(A)
Power Supply / Transformer 60W 60W 60W
power consumption 14.99 W (access)
5.78 W (disk hibernation)
16.79 W (access)
5.16 W (disk hibernation)
17.343 W (access)
4.08 W (disk hibernation)
BTU 51.15 BTU/hr (access)
19.72 BTU/hr (disk hibernation)
57.29 BTU/hr (access)
17.61 BTU/hr (disk hibernation)
59.19 BTU/hr (access)
13.92 BTU/hr (disk hibernation)
APPs and limits
Maximum number of local user accounts 2,048 2,048 1,024
Maximum number of Hybrid Share folders 5 5

 

DS223 compatible DSM7 apps

Backup apps

Multimedia apps 

 

DS223 PLEX compatibility and performance

As of today, there is no Plex installation created for this CPU. When we can we will test a package made for RTD1296 ARMv8 which is a package for 64-bit CPUs. 

We can expect this NAS to be able to handle 1080p video transcoding in Plex. Maybe even a tiny bit of 4k (very simple files).

Synology DS218 NAS PLEX Installation Guide – Step by Step

DS223 spec sheet

Click to access Synology_DS223_Data_Sheet_enu.pdf

DS223+ performance

1GbE Web Server – Nginx PHP Response Performance (using HDD)

model DS723+ DS220+ DS223 DS218play DS220j DS118 DS120j
Responses per second 9,131.47 6,683.60 3,064.45 2,120.55 2,167.36 2,623.93 626.21

 

SMB 1GbE – Windows File Transfer (using HDD)

model DS723+ DS220+ DS223 DS218play DS220j DS118 DS120j
download for windows 86.54 86.79 80.18 82.5 81.85 83.39 67.35
Windows upload 79.21 77.23 67.49 68.56 68.28 69.26 46.51

 

 

 

DS223 HDD compatibility

Synology drives (Toshiba) have been tested up to 18TB capacity.

Compatible WD drives

WD drives have been tested only up to 14TB capacity. Only Red plus and Purple drives have been tested so far.

Compatible Seagate drives

Seagate drives have been tested up to a capacity of 12TB. This included Skyhawk and Ironwolf drives.

Can I use drives (HDD/ SSD) that are not on their list.

Yes, Synology have promised that Plus and Value series NAS such as this will have no software lock on drives that they have not tested and added to the list. There might be a warning message that drives are not from the list though. Their support level might change based on this.

Conclusion

Overall quite disappointing. The only real big change is an upgrade for the CPU. Keeping the old 2GB RAM will make a lot of people run into memory issues. People will need to fill those HDD bays with SSD to cope with a situation when RAM overflow use HDD/SSD volume to store temp data.

Thanks to the faster CPU, you will be able to transcode more of the 1080p content. And maybe even a tiny bit of 4k in Plex. Using Synology Video apps, you will be able to handle 4K just like with an older model.

Synology h265 encoding removal few months earlier will still affect remote access for videos in this format. Including CCTV remote access and videos via Photos app.

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30 thoughts on “Synology DS223 released in Taiwan

  1. My 215j is still working very well as a home server/backup. Don’t see any value in spending more money for new toy with same for my limited usage functions. Probably next time I buy cheaper DAS unit simply as a backup as never use at home various extensive Synology extra programs.
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  2. Yes this is a value NAS, but is a NAS needed by everybody? If you are in a business with a multi user environment a NAS can be very useful. The file access control of a NAS is rarely talked about. You really don’t want your receptionist having access to the files of your book keeper. A two bay NAS is aimed at the home user and not the business. Is the home user a multi user with needs for the file control that a business has? These NASs, especially 2 bay NASs seem to be marketed to people that really don’t need them and can save a lot of money. I can save a lot of money by buying something that has a lot of value or is on sale. I can save even more money if I don’t buy it at all if I don’t need it. I have no problem spending money for something that I need, I have a problem spending money for something that I don’t need.
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  3. I rather talk about affordable;
    Where one is okay not to have topnotch thingies and (often) not have to pay thru the nose for it.
    Synology is often perceived as the “Apple” for NAS, paying a lot of money for relatively not really top-notch hardware (but grand software, I even have to admit myself).
    I guess Synology noticed the impact of today’s economic world too and wants to also have a good chunk of the market that is normally left to the other brands.
    I for one welcome any healthy competition and kudos that customers now do have a choice!
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  4. I thought the DS923+ already kicked off the Value Series. Question is: When does Synology release proper value devices like the DS920+ again ? 😉
    You know with a proper CPU with integrated graphics
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  5. I rather wait for the plus series. Hopefully they will have 10GbE or at least an option for that. Amount of RAM being variable is important to me. I have had a 214 for a very long time and that is not upgradable therefore I could not upgrade the DSM on 512Mb. I learned my lesson and for now on all my boxes will be plusses.
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  6. Just confirms that Synology are taking a “let them eat cake” attitude towards the home user…essentially Plex users. Time to look at other makes for good Plex use and transcoding. Unless they bring out a proper graphics capable CPU in a NAS soon
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