Synology DS223 2-Bay NAS Drive – Rumour Mill

The Synology DS223 NAS Rumoured for Q4 2022 / Q1 2023

Update (28/09/22 UK) – The CPU that will be featured in the Synology DS223j, DS123 and DS223 will be the Realtek RTD1619. The articles have been updated. The release date is looking like Q1 (Jan-March) 2023.

If you have been looking at Synology or a more cost-effective, low-price and highly power-efficient NAS drive in 2022/2023, then there is a very good chance that you have been wondering about the release of the DS223, as the current affordable ‘standard series’ offering of the DS218 has been available now for well over FOUR YEARS! Well, I am pleased to share that I have been informed that Synology has plans to release the newest entry into their standard class tier with this new 2-Bay NAS in the last quarter of 2022 (or possibly the start of 2023). This little snippet of information (alongside mention of other new desktop NAS’, such as the DS223j, DS223+, DS723+ and DS923+), details which units are going to form the bulk of the brand’s home-prosumer-SMB diskstation portfolio. The DS2xx and DS4xx series has always been highly desirable as the entry point for most first-time Synology NAS small business users and although is a solution that arrives with hardware that could arguably be called ‘economical’, it is worth also remembering that it will almost certainly arrive with support of DSM 7 – so you are going to be looking at an affordably jumping off point into a complete hardware+software solution. Although the details we have on the DS223 are incredibly thin on the ground at the time of writing, this information DOES come from a very trustworthy source that I am sorry to say I cannot share. I am sure this will result in many having doubts about the reliability of this information (I would feel the same), but you are just going to have to trust me on this and/or wait out the rest of 2022 as this all plays out. Let’s discuss the DS223 a little further.

Update 12/09/22 – Small Update on the DS223 and DS423 indicates Release Relatively Soon

A very, very small update on the Synology DS223 and DS423 with information on the three appearings (very briefly) on an official Synology site (the Japan official page, via the Knowledge center) that appeared in Google. Unfortunately, the listed page does not lead to any direct information (possibly as pages/listing or these new NAS are being drafted and lined up for additions to the official Synology NAS support directories – in ‘hidden’ forms. Even via Google Cache and WayBackMachine, no further information is publically accessible on these pages. However, the found model IS text is still shown on the Google search results (see below) and largely indicates that the new NAS for the Diskstation 2023 will be arriving in Q4 2022.

Note – I have made an absolutely tiny ‘update’ to this update, as the search results that show these new NAS’ has now appeared in more languages/locations on their site:

Update 01/09 – New CPU Information for the Synology DS223, DS223j and DS423

This a small but very pertinent update to the potential CPU that will be in the Synology Value series. Alongside ongoing rumours that the first wave of DSx23 series diskstation NAS will arrive in October, a new CPU entry has appeared online with DSM 7.1 support of late 2020 released Realtek RTD1619 ARMv8-A processor. The architecture of which is incredibly likely to be for the DS223j, DS223 and DS423:

Realtek RTD1619
Cortex-A55 SoC
ARMv8-A
Q4 2020
12 nm / 5W
6 Core @ 1.3 GHz
4GB Max Capacity (likely tiered at each value model)
H.265 4K@60fps, H.264 4K@30fps, 1080p@60fps
Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbit/s
USB 3.0, USB 2.0

Now, the interesting thing about this CPU is that 6 core architecture and increased 4K support over that of the RTD1296 that came before it (though a marginal drop in clock speed, this is more than made up for in efficiency). The ethernet/network speed still appears to cap at 1GbE, but even though 2.5GbE continues to grow in the market, I think very few people (myself included) would have though Synology would include a 2.5G network connection in their value tier. Here is how the RTD1619 and RTD1296 CPU Compare:

Processor

Realtek RTD1296

Realtek RTD1619

ISA

ARMv8-A (64-bit)

ARMv8-A (64-bit)

Synology NAS ft. CPU

DS220j, DS420j, DS118, DS218, DS418

DS223, DS223j, DS423 (TBC)

Microarchitecture

Cortex-A53

Cortex-A55

Family

RTD

RTD

Part number(s), S-Spec

RTD1296

RTD1619

Release date

Q4 2018

Q4 2020

Lithography

12 nm

12 nm

Cores

4

6

Threads

4

6

Base frequency

1.4 GHz

1.3 GHz

High performance cores

4x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.4 GHz

6x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.3 GHz

Cache memory

1 MB

1 MB

Max memory capacity

2 GB

4 GB

Memory types

LPDDR2/3, DDR3/4

LPDDR2/3, DDR3/4

TDP

13 W

5 W

GPU integrated graphics

ARM Mali-T820 MP3

ARM Mali-G51 MP3

GPU execution units

3

3

GPU shading units

48

48

GPU base clock

650 MHz

650 MHz

GPU boost clock

750 MHz

650 MHz

GPU FP32 floating point

30.6 GFLOPS

72 GFLOPS

Socket

SoC

SoC

Max display resolution

4K@60fps

4K@60fps

Video decoding

H.265 4K@60fps, H.264 4K@30fps, 1080p@60fps

H.265 4K@60fps, H.264 4K@30fps, 1080p@60fps

Video encoding

H.264 1080p@60fps

H.264 1080p@60fps

Modem

Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbit/s

Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbit/s

Connectivity

USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI 2.0a

USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI 2.0b

Below is the rest of the original article from 18/07/22.

What Do We Know About the Synology DS223 NAS Drive?

Unfortunately, we still have very few concrete ideas on many of the details of the DS223 NAS. Alongside the DS223, I have been informed that the Synology DS923+ Expandable and Fully Featured 4-Bay and FOUR new revisions of the Diskstation 2-Bay are in the works. The 2 Bay systems are the Synology DS723+ Expandable Premium NAS, a DS223+ mid-range fully software featured 2-Bay, a DS223j cost effective series NAS and, finally, the DS223 cost-effective 2-Bay system. No details on the hardware have been provided, but these will almost certainly follow in the footsteps of previously released Diskstation 2/4-Bay Devices in this hardware tier, such as the DS418, DS118 and DS218play. Unfortunately, I cannot disclose the source of this information. This is as much information as I can share right now, other than a rather wide release window (see at the bottom of the article), that is about it. Now, I can already hear the complaints in the comments about this, but you are going to have to trust me on this one, as I trust the source and in 6 months all this will play out. Additionally, I received further information on other planned Synology hardware accessories/add-ons that I need to verify in the meantime before I publish. So, let’s discuss what we think the hardware of the DS223 and other Diskstations are likely to be.

What Do We Expect the Hardware of the Synology DS223 NAS to Be?

As mentioned, the DS223 information I have received also highlights a range of other NAS devices arriving in that same 6 months time frame. The DS2xx/DS4xx NAS has always formed one of the lowest hardware/price points of the RAID-enabled systems in the brand’s portfolio (with the lowest available tier being the DS2xxj and DS4xxj systems) and the need for the system to run DSM 7 comfortably (even at this more home-user-focused system) will result in the brand giving this NAS a modest, yet still capable day one hardware. I will say that at the time of writing, I have ZERO idea on the CPU+Memory of the DS223, but with well over a decade of this brand’s approach to these systems, we can make some educated guesses based on the brand’s hardware choices in previous years AND the state of NAS hardware/components that are favoured by the industry in 2022/2023 already. The DS223 will almost certainly not arrive with an x86 processor, instead arriving with an ARM processor (likely ARM v8). So, for the DS223 NAS CPU, I think it will be one of two options (and again, this is an educated guess):

  • An ARM 4-core/4-thread Cortex-A55 2.0GHz processor, 64bit
  • AnnapurnaLabs Alpine AL324 / AL314 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 4-core 1.7GHz processor

Additionally, Synology has had a habit in the last few years of using similar/identical CPU choices in both the standard class DSXXX and DSXXXj series and with a J and standard class 2-bay highlighted in the information I was given, I am included to think this will happen again, with differentiations between J and standard coming down to quantities of memory and ports/connections available in the default model. Both of these processors are ARM architecture, i.e. they are very power efficient for 24×7 use. Alongside these, I can imagine that the DS223 will arrive with 2GB of fixed/non-upgradeable memory in line with previous DS2xx releases to ensure that DSM 7 runs as smoothly as it can with its base-level functions (i.e before you install further applications in the app center). The DS220j that was released back in 2018/19 + DSM 6.1 was able to run, even with its modest Realtek RTD1296 CPU and 2GB of memory, and even ran DSM 7 (with high CPU/Memory utilization admittedly – as shown in the video below), but I think the DS223 will need 1GB of DDR4 if it plans to run DSM 7 smoothly in years to come.

Aside from that, I do not think we will see much else changed on this. The System will certainly be 1GbE and feature one or more USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. As well as almost certainly arriving in the familiar Synology black plastic chassis of previous generations. One question people might have is HDD compatibility and I cannot see the brand being heavy-handed on this very affordable end of the portfolio, however, do not rule this out (in even a small way) if Synology reveal a more mid-range/affordable HDD series alongside their enterprise HAT5300s.

When Will We See the Synology DS223 NAS Released?

We understand that the DS223 and other DSx23 Diskstation systems are arriving towards the end of the year and start of 2023 – Almost certainly in smaller release groups and with further details on them being revealed at the Synology 2023 Event (that last bit IS speculative, but almost certainly the case). We will update this page regularly with more information on the DS223 NAS as it arrives, so if you want to be the first to know, you can get alerts on this SPECIFIC page by entering your email address below.

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    72 thoughts on “Synology DS223 2-Bay NAS Drive – Rumour Mill

    1. When does Synology typically drop new hardware? I’m desperately in need of upgrading, and I’ve been looking at the DS1621xs+ to replace my aging and now almost full DS1513+, but I don’t want to buy 2 year old out of date hardware just to have them release something new and improved 2 weeks later.

      Do they have traditional dates for new hardware like say Apple?

      Depending on the price delta, I might consider the 1823xs+ you mentioned in the video, if they’re not likely to update the 1621xs+ soon.
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    2. My prediction:
      The j, value and play series (if it doesn’t disappear) will mount ARM Realtek RTD1619 processors with 1Gb ethernet.
      J series with 1Gb, play series with 2Gb and value series with 4Gb (this is the maximum available for this CPU).

      The plus series will have x86 AMD Ryzen R1600 processors with upgradable memory.

      The first NAS could be released will be the ds223 and ds423
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    3. I was surprised at how highly you two spoke of the arm processors in the 223j. My first nas was a 220j and it was terribly underwhelming in performance. Maybe it was the 512MB of Ram, but it absolutely failed miserably when I tried running multiple applications especially when I was uploading photos and videos from my phone to photo station would make the system completely unusable for anything else as it tried to process the files and index them. I tolerated it for a few months then upgraded to the DS920+ and I LOVE it. It does everything I ask of it with ease.
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    4. Btw. according to the source code packages, the EPYCs will – finally – use Linux kernel v5. Unfortunately, in classic Synology fashion, an older version missing some AMD and/or EPYC optimizations.
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    5. I bought DS1621xs+ just a year ago. With all the functionality it does, I do not think I will upgrade to DS1823xs+ when it comes out as all specifications you had put it. As long as Synology sorts out the HDD brand compatibility list for using other brands in their sets, I would refuse to jump into the trap.
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    6. I am just waiting for a Synology with ARM-processor in a DS15xx-series, guess I can live with my DS918 a couple more years since 1GBit is ok for me so far (just photo editing from my client and store data there).
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    7. Will Synology release any NAS’es with the mainstream Intel Core/AMD Ryzen processors? I love the new QNAPs, with the Intel 12th Gen, purely for the 12th Gen’s QuickSync capabilities with Plex. Unfortunately Plex doesn’t support AMD hardware transcoding, otherwise I’d definitely get some sweet, efficient and powerful Zen3/4 one. I’m also thinking of building my DIY NAS with TrueNAS or UNRAID, but it’s really hard to find a modern Mini-ITX motherboard with 4+ SATA ports and a minimum of 2.5GBe ethernet so, QNAP’s 12th Gen Intel solutions look perfect at the moment
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    8. Funny how Eddie sometimes makes faces while listening to Robbie as if to say…nah, he really talks too much and too fast…
      And for crying out loud Robbie…. it’s not Ryzon. It’s Ryzen. Zen. Get it.?
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    9. I know this might be a strange question, but has someone ever tried to use 4x 100TB Nimbus Data drives in a 4 bay Synology or Qnap? I know this seems to be complete nuts but from the technical point of view, would that even work?
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    10. Synology it’s an mess, on one side dismiss surveillance market without an competitive product with user diy DVA (enable user to add Nvidia GPU or USB m.2 you) and that insanity about “blessed hard drives’, meanwhile no nvme-only Nas no compact pro-sumer units as an all flash successor for desktop FS1018 , and while at last they offer WiFi 6 router’s Asus (reference Brand for good routers) sells a bunch of WiFi 6e with powerful opensource o more featured and even slightly cheaper. I’m quite disappointed and bet no single cent on Synology future.
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    11. Straight off the bat guys, I apologise for the ‘humming’ sound in this vid. Trying to sync mine and Eddie’s sound proved 10x harder than it should have been and in the end the balance of the audio was leveraged more towards Eddie (as I am always the louder/noisier/more-annoying one!). Sorry if this makes it tough to listen to at points (particularly when I go a bit ‘high’! Have a great weekend everyone!
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    12. This post has been updated with new information regarding the CPU that is almost certain to be featured on the Synology Value series of Diskstation NAS (obtained from official sources) – 01/09/22

    13. Still no DS922+ as of July 2022, was hoping for a decend quad/octa core processor, at least 16GB+ memory upgradable, M.2 slotting and of course 2.5GBe to 10GBe ports.
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    14. I would like to see some internal storage on all Synology NAS’s to download dsm too . Seems a bit odd to me that you have to use party of the hard drives to load it on to????
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    15. Hey everyone! There have been several big bits of Synology NAS hardware information revealed this month (about 7 big chunks of information really) that I have added to the big, BIG listed in the link below. Head there for much, much more recent information on the latest Synology 2022 hardware releases that are in the works – https://nascompares.com/news/synology-2022-nas-hardware-what-to-expect-in-2022/
      #ihateseagulls
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    16. The main problem for me is the ability (or the lack of it) to upgrade a NAS and just put in the old HDDs. I have DS414 from the late 2013 and I really want to step up to the new plus series be it DS422+ or DS922 or something but as far as I understood from Synology website I won’t be able to upgrade from Value series to Plus and beyond, Only the new Value series is eligible. So if the new Value series gets 2.5 GbE it will be fine but if not… it will be a problem.
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    17. I want to switch to synology from qnap. But the lack of 2.5 GbE on DS920+ alike and priced devices makes this a no-go atm. Qnap has 2x 2.5 GbE :/ Also having 8 GB RAM max is quite low. My very old QNAP 2 bay runs with 16 …
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    18. Worked my way through getting a VM running with Home Assistant, then getting Blue Iris to connect… no easy task. Go to add a Zigbee dongle to find out that Synology dropped support on most devices, less USB storage drives, in DSM 7.0. Hit a dead end. Will need to find another home for Home Assistant on another system. When a company simply drops support for something like this it tells me that they will have no problem dropping support for other things in the future. Accordingly… my confidence level also drops. They can keep singing that song about all the great things you can do with your Synology NAS… but, my NAS will not be the first thing I think of when I need to create a solution in the future. It can stay being a file server… that is unless they drop support for that too.
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    19. I really hope Eddie is right that they won’t push their ridiculous drive-lock further down the range. It would certainly mean that a lot of their customers (me included) would be gone. Also plenty of IT professionals have called BS on the whole drive-lock in the first place citing other big enterprise OEMs having plenty of different drive manufacturers supported.
      Also 2.5G+ support on the next generation across the board or f*** off Synology.
      Oh and also nerfing their RAID calculator to only go up to 16 TB (incidentally the largest drive they themselves offer atm) is a pretty weak move.
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    20. Hi, always enjoy your videos… I would like to buy a Synology and use Seagate Exos X18 18TB drives. I can deal with no Synology Tech support on these HDDs ( not on the list ) but really don’t want to buy 4 of these only to find that they dont work. Have you ever tried these on a Synology? Is there any architectural line that is crossed going beyond 16TB drives? Would you consider doing a video on using 18TB and beyond on Synology? Anyone out there have experience with these drives? Thanks!
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    21. very well prepared questions but the guy from Synology was clueless and maybe not the one who can answer such questions. Still – using NAS for any non-LAN use is calling for a hack anyday. Even DSM should have changed ports and be restricted to trusted IP/MAC. I got customers hacked using Quickconnect, and QNAPs are hacked basicly like there was no security at all. Thank you for content.
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    22. I got in the game with the DS110J. At the time it was great, and I miss features like one touch USBCOPY and the ability to add WiFi with a USB adapter.

      Synology missed a chance to tap into the NVR market by overvaluing Surveillance Station Camera licenses.
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    23. I’m hoping they soon will allow NVMe SSDs for the system drive! I’ve hacked this now so my Apps/Containers run from the SSD, and it runs great! The temperature on the NVMe is only 5 degress Celcius higher than the HDDs, and it has no cooling. So I don’t believe the official statements that they won’t do this due to temperature concerns.
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    24. When Synology made its move into the higher / enterprise market with the all-flash storage FS3017 they made a big deal over the total cost of ownership over the assumed 4-year working life. That 4 year period ended a couple of months ago – so now a reflective moment on their bold statement of ‘no vendor lock-in’ and cheaper SSDs. Even the marketing and product displays had in bold font on the front:
      ‘Pick either high-end SAS SSD or more mainstream SATA SSD to avoid vendor lock-in’
      Now those same customers are being told that they cannot use their very expensive drives in the latest Synology equipment. The total cost of Synology ownership has ballooned and Synology has lost the brave customers that were early adopters of their higher-end series.
      At the lower end, I own a ’21+ series for home use and it already has a vendor lock for RAM and now includes a warning when non-Synology drives are used. Again, that is a plus series only and the drive warning only came about with the update to DSM7 – a ‘soft’ lock-in that appeared months after purchase!
      I find it hard to believe that Synology will launch new plus series without vendor locks – otherwise they will split the model line. It is madness but they are on the crazy train.
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    25. Re “Synology Hard Drives and Drive Locking”: Maybe they promised not to push it beyong XS/XS+ Series. BUT THEY DID! The morons haven’t exactly locked them out. But even though I’ve written to them 3 times, asking them to include Seagate EXOS disks on the compatibility list – they still haven’t. So my DS2422+ cries “WOLF” all the time, by showing my Storage as Critical even though it’s not.
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    26. 2.5gbe will be outdated and it has to be particular specific bay type. Say 2-bay it might make sense. But for the 4 bay then it can hit 800MB/s upward if all on raid-0 so the interface cant be limited to 4 bay . It has to be capable so 4 bay should have 2 5-gig or 10gig ethernet. and with 6 or higher bay then atleast 10gig and 5g multi gig. and 12 upwards minimum 2x 10gig
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    27. I’ve been holding off from buying my first NAS from 2 years already waiting for this God damn 2.5Gbe. These Synologies cost way too much to feature 1Gbe only! …in 2022!
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    28. You still havnt gotten that guy a decent mic. Dont you hear the world of differences between your mic and his … even considering your recording locally, and he is compressed by the bandwidth limits? Its still obvious.
      I lasted 5 minutes, and left because I couldnt understand what he was saying, and was annoyed by it.
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    29. The bare minimum would be for the 722+/922+/1522+ models must have 2.5gbe. Synology can’t wait for the 2024 plus models without losing market share and major laughing stock.

      I hope the disk lock doesn’t spread, I got my DS920+ just in case the disk lock spread. I can keep this unit for ~6 years and pray Synology reverses that idea. Then I can get a 2026 Synology or something else if the drive lock spreads.

      Synology has to release a 20TB *Toshiba MG* HDD, but you scare me talking about Synology expanding to their drives to relabeled Toshiba N300 drives for the base models. It makes sense Synology would get better prices if they bought more drives, but scares the end user if they have the ability to offer that. LTT was just talking about the $20 price difference between 20TB Seagate EXOS vs IronWolf, what’s the point? I don’t mind buying Synology drives if the price is competitive, but they don’t have the inventory availability for repairing crashed systems ASAP.
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    30. I’m considering the synology DS920+, the Qnap TS-453D or the Asustor Lockerstor 4. And it’s that classic dilemma of hardware vs software priorities. I was leaning towards the Asustor as it has the benfits of the M.2 caching and 2.5GbE but now wonder if I should hold fire and see if synology deliver something that matches the Asustor?
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    31. I’m hoping there’s better availability for an update plus series. The price of the DS920+ has gone up rather than down over its lifetime. I really want at least 2.5Gbe amd I’ll be happy.
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