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Synology 2023 NAS – Confirmed Releases, Rumours & Predictions

22 août 2022 à 08:19

Which Synology NAS Drives will we see in 2023?

Synology has quite an extensive portfolio of hardware and software solutions, build over two decades of research and development in the NAS industry. Now, as these solutions grow in popularity, some ranges in their portfolio are more popular than others (whilst others die off – farewell DS213air wireless NAS – we miss you) and every few years, the brand will refresh these systems with a new version (eg DSx20 > DSx21 > DSx23 , etc). Alongside these refreshes, Synology also introduces new hardware and reveals prototypes in their new/press events and today I want to discuss everything we know about the ‘Synology 2023’ release period (typically measured as September ’22 to August ’23). The following list will be periodically updated as new information appears and you can add your email address at the bottom of the page if you want to get immediate alerts when these updates arrive (no need to make any account etc, it’s just a notification tool). At the time of writing, so far we know about alot of rumoured desktop hardware for the plus series, some new AMD EPYC powered rackmounts, new larger HDDs in the brand’s lineup and rumours that continue to circulate about a new AX router and Cameras.

UPDATED 22/08/22 

New Synology AMD EPYC SA6400 and SA6200 Rackstation NAS

Synology has really been hitting the business/enterprise button hard in 2022, with several very high-profile top-tier solutions introduced into their portfolio (with rackmount/rackstation solutions seemingly getting the lion’s share of attention). Today I want to discuss a couple of new entries into the arguably less familiar ‘SA’ series, the highly storage scalable range of solutions from the brand that have tended to arrive with excellent internal hardware that is combined with an unparalleled level of storage expandability – with the newly uncovered Synology SA6400 and SA6200 rackmount solutions seemingly pushing things further than ever! Both systems arrive in 12-bay rackmount form, supporting SAS and SATA drive media (with Synology’s own HAT5300 and HAS5300 drive media being the recommended drive of course) and full support of DSM 7.1.

Model ID Synology SA6400 Rackstation Synology SA6200 Rackstation
Number of Bays 12x 3.5″/2.5″ 12x 3.5″/2.5″
Storage Interface SATA / SAS SATA / SAS
Expandable Yes, 8x RX1223RP 12-Bay Yes, 8x RX1223RP 12-Bay
CPU Model ID AMD EPYC 7272 v
Core Count 12x 8x
CPU Threads 24x 16x
CPU Frequency 2.9Ghz (3.2Ghz Burst) 3.1Ghz (3.2Ghz Burst)
CPUBenchmark Rating 26,446 17,017
Default Memory 32GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM 32GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM
Memory Frequency 3200Mhz 3200Mhz
Number of Memory Slots x16 x16
Maximum Supported Memory 1024GB (64GB x 16) 1024GB (64GB x 16)
1GbE Ports TBC TBC
10GbE Ports x2 x2
25GbE Ports TBC TBC
USB Ports TBC TBC
PCIe Slots TBC (However, this CPU supports upto PCIe4) TBC (However, this CPU supports upto PCIe4)
Expansion Ports 8x MiniSAS HD 8x MiniSAS HD

The SA6400 and SA6200 have yet to be confirmed as to whether they are refreshes of the later 2019 released SA3400 and SA3600 (as they were the original releases in this product family and therefore there is little to no data on the upgrade cycle for this series), however with certain components worldwide being subject to continued shortages, there is every possibility that these new SAS rackmounts are in response to this. Let’s discuss the information we have on these new Synology solutions.

Find out more about the new Synology SA6400 and Synology SA6200 Rackstation NAS in the FULL ARTICLE HERE.


Synology increase its HDD Range with the 18TB HAT5300-18T and HAS5300-18T Hard Drives

Synology has been providing its own branded range of hard drives and SSDs for a little over 2 and a half years now and it is surprising how ‘normal’ it seems now. Originally when the SAT5200, SNV3400/SNV3500 and HAT5300 ranges were launched, many (myself included) wondered what the uptake would be when Seagate and WD hold such dominance in this area. Fast forward to MID 2022 and enterprise/high-scale-business NAS user base has started to take them on board (a little because of changes in device compatibility, but also that the HDDs themselves, firmware upgraded Toshiba MG Enterprise drives), with the only major criticisms being that the pricing seems a tad high and the available capacities somewhat limited. Now, that first criticism is tough to counter, given the current hardware shortages globally AND the fact that these enterprise (not Pro) series drives are not in-hosue built, so the Toshiba middle ground is something of a hurdle in the profit margin no doubt). However, Synology HAVE been working on the range of capacities and alongside the original HAT5300-8T, HAT5300-12T and HAT5300-16T capacities, they introduced a modest 4TB in the spring of 2022 and now, an 18TB HAT5300-18T (using the Toshiba MG09 Drive). Now, it is also worth highlighting that Toshiba has been working on making a 20TB (MG10) drive commercially available, so expect this to get Synology HAT5300-20T adaption in the near future too, but below is how the 18TB compares with the rest of the range

Hardware Specifications HAT5300-4T

HAT5310-8T

HAT5300-12T

HAT5300-16T

HAT5310-18T

General Capacity 4 TB 8 TB 12 TB 16 TB 18 TB
Form Factor 3.5″ 3.5″ 3.5″ 3.5″ 3.5″
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s
Sector Size 512e 512e 512e 512e 512e
Performance Rotational Speed 7,200 rpm 7,200 rpm 7,200 rpm 7,200 rpm 7,200 rpm
Interface Speed 6.0 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s 6.0 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s 6.0 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s 6.0 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s 6.0 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s
Buffer Size 256 MiB 256 MiB 256 MiB 512 MiB 512 MiB
Maximum Sustained Data Transfer Speed (Typ.) 243 MiB/s 248 MiB/s 242 MiB/s 262 MiB/s 268 MiB/s
Reliability Mean Time to Failure (MTTF) 2 million hours 2 million hours 2.5 million hours 2.5 million hours 2.5 million hours
Workload Rating 550 TB Transferred per Year 550 TB Transferred per Year 550 TB Transferred per Year 550 TB Transferred per Year 550 TB Transferred per Year
Warranty 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years
Power Consumption Supply Voltage 12 V (± 10%) / 5 V (+10/-7%) 12 V (± 10%) / 5 V (+10/-7%) 12 V (± 10%) / 5 V (+10/-7%) 12 V (± 10%) / 5 V (+10/-7%) 12 V (± 10%) / 5 V (+10/-7%)
Active Idle (Typ.) 4.07 W 5.61 W 4.25 W 4.00 W 4.16 W
Random Read / Write (4KB Q1) (Typ.) 7.76 W 9.29 W 7.83 W 7.63 W 8.35 W

We discussed the Synology HAT5300-18T 18TB drive in further detail over on the NASCompares YouTube channel in a ‘Data News of the Week’ video HERE on YouTube.


New Synology DS920+, DS223+ and DS723+ Prosumer/Premium NAS Drives

Now, we need to discuss the big guns! In summer 2022 I was sent through some rather intriguing information regarding plans for the Synology plus series refresh/follow-up to the 2020 range of Diskstations. Up until this point, Synology had made a point of (mostly) refreshing the Plus series of 2/4-bay systems every 2 years (DSx16+ > DSx18+ > DSx20+) and many (myself included) assumed a DS222+, DS922+, etc was largely inevitable. However, I was sent through some information on specifically planned entries into the plus series with an x23 model ID. These Plus series entries were a DS923+ expandable 4-Bay, DS723+ expandable 2-Bay and a mid-range prosumer DS223+ 2-Bay. Now, at the time of writing, theonly information that could be confirmed via the source was that these systems were indeed in the pipeline. Now, with such a small mount of information provided, I strongly recommend treating this one with a grain of salt, as alongside the unusual move for Synology to break it’s typical release cycle on the 2/4-Bay plus series (though not unheard of, look at the DS713+ or DS415+), Synology have a history of occasionally holding back a release to a better window of the year (DS620SLIM, DS1620xs and RS1221+ are all NAS drives that first appeared under a different model ID, before being delayed and re named inline with the later release schedule). As more information emerges on the new Synology Diskstation, the page will be updated AND the links below to each NAS’ respective rumormill page will also be updated. Click below to learn more, alongside our predictions (originally published 18th July ’22):

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New Synology DS223 and DS223j Value Series NAS Drives

Alongside the Plus series Diskstations mentioned above, there was also reference to two cost-effective/value series 2-Bay NAS drives – the Synology DS223j and DS223. These would be follow-ups to the DS220j released in 2020 and the much older DS218 that was released way back in 2017/2018. Although at the time of writing, there is no concrete information on the internal hardware, we can certainly make an educated guess that it will be built on an ARM 64bit architecture, and non-upgradable memory, as these have been a staple of these respective series since…well..ever. Once again, as more information emerges on the new Synology value/budget Diskstations, the page will be updated AND the links below to each NAS’ respective rumor mill page will also be updated. Click below to learn more, alongside our predictions (originally published 19th July ’22):

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New Synology RX1223RP 12 Bay Rackmount Expansion Chassis

When the new SA6400 and SA6200 SAS/SATA expandable rackmounts first appeared on my radar, it also became apparent that these systems would also be taking advantage of a new 12-bay expansion chassis, the RX1223RP. Typically expansion enclosures are refreshed in the Synology lineup less frequently than other hardware, as they are much more rudimentary in their architecture (typically every 4-5 years) in order to reflect changes in the available components as years pass (interface hardware or PSU, eg the DX1215II). Judging by available information online, it looks like this new expansion will be largely the same in design as its predecessor, the RX1217​/​RX1217RP and although isn’t the most exciting release for the Synology 2023 line up, it makes sense to release this alongside the SA6400/SA6200, which have the capability to support EIGHT of these 12-Bay expansions each.


Possible New Synology RT3000ax in the Works

Synology in late spring 2022 released a popular WiFi 6 into their portfolio (the RT6600ax) and it was made clear by the brand that it did not serve to replace the current RT2600ac or MR2200ac that has been around for several years now. However, rumours and trackable IDs are still being thrown around in the background of another router in development over at Synology, with the model identification RT3000ax or MR3000ax. It is still way too early to make any estimation of the hardware on this router, what its intended audience is (affordable alternative to the RT6600ax, WiFi 6e solution or 802.11ax upgrade of the existing mesh router from the brand), but it has been becoming clear that the development cycle for the RT6600ax was remarkably long (much longer than when it was first revealed at the end of 2021 and likely down to negotiations of 5.9Ghz access, as well as choosing the right release time). I am including this regularly appearing rumour here as it still persists and was even being spoken about before the release of the new prosumer model.


New Synology Standard/Regular NAS Hard Drives

Another subject that has never seemingly gone away or categorically denied by Synology is the development of non-enterprise-grade HDDs. As mentioned much earlier in this article, Synology has released several different hard drives in the last 2-3 years that are enterprise-geared (550TBW, 7200RPM/512MB Cache, etc) in the HAT5300 and HAS5300 range, but these drives are priced and scaled much more towards the highest tier of their portfolio. With Synology continuing on a path towards providing complete single-party solutions with memory modules, SSDs, PCIe cards and routers (in efforts to create single ecosystems for their users), it makes alot of sense that a mid-range/Pro hard drive would be entered into their line up. Much like the references to a new router or cameras, a standard class NAS HDD from Synology (HAT3300 / HAT3310 ?) is not a concrete piece of information, but half prediction and half based on the moves by the brand when asked on this matter. Additionally, the way that HDD compatibility on their official pages has been approached in recent months on newer releases (DS1522+, RS422+, DS2422+, etc) have drawn attention to drive media classes being selected quite specifically for each system tier. Threads and information on a Synology mid-range and/or home user server tier has never really stopped as a subject and aside from being a logical move by the brand and its portfolio, seems to have enough indications to be something the brand would review and/or develop.


Synology Branded Surveillance Cameras for NAS Use

The last rumour that persists in circulating about Synology is regarding surveillance cameras. Synology NAS has included an impressive, enterprise-class CCTV/NVR software known as Surveillance Station (ver.9 currently) for many, many years and alongside using the server storage to achieve footage, you can attach a wide variety of supported network cameras (IP Cameras) and devices that can be monitoring and controlled from the single live feed of SS9. In all that time, Synology has always been somewhat restrained in recommending a camera brand directly for use in conjunction with their surveillance platform. Although the software supports thousands of cameras from a wide variety of brands (as well as ONVIF cameras to a lesser degree), they tend to resist actually highlighting a specific brand as the go-to camera for home and/or business use. The closest to such a camera recommendation would be AXIS (with the brand having plug-on support in the platforms add-on tools area. However, it has been discussed/addressed at tradeshows and at via industry exchanges about a Synology Surveillance camera range. For a long time, it has been discussed (as well as the possibility of a Synology network switch), as unlike conflicts of interest between Synology HDD/SSD media and giants such as Seagate/WD, IP camera brands are not quite as dominant a presence in the world of servers and a NAS brand having a 1st party/NAS-System designed focus would be hugely advantageous. Add to that the fact that a Synology firmware-focused IP Camera would likely be more efficient in Surveillance Station 9, perhaps allowing more system-efficient hardware use for AI-powered processes (Deep Video Analysis and Smart Recognition in general) and also could be linked with the Camera License architecture – the idea certainly has merit for the brand. Very little is known about this, however, it still continues to crop up. Perhaps Synology has/have looked into this and (much like the SG1000 Network Gateway devices with SNM software) it has been shelved/delayed – there is nothing to go on at this time.


Synology FS3410 24-Bay Flashstation Xeon Rackmount Server

Synology has really been on a roll recently with revealing their 2022/2023 solutions, with 7-8 different solutions being unveiled and (for the most part) released in the last 3 months or so. The Synology RS3410 NAS that today’s article covers is the latest addition to the brand’s quiet but steadily growing Flashstation server series. Started more than four years ago, Synology has gradually added several desktop and rackmount solutions to this area of their portfolio and the FS3410 is the SECOND entry into this product family this year (the other being the FS2500 affordable 1U rackmount released much earlier in 2022). Although very similar to the rest of the enterprise solutions from Synology in terms of software (all arriving with DSM 7.1 and supporting the full range of features and services), the flashstation series is specifically aimed at SSD populate, flash storage practical applications and has a few NAND durability considerations thrown in for this more high performing but endurance aware media. This new flashstation server is designed to sit in the middle of the existing pack of FS systems (so, FS2500 > FS3410 > FS3600 > FS6400 Flashstation, scaling upwards) and arrives with support of SATA SSD media in the Synology SAT5200 and SAT5210 media range. Let’s discuss the hardware, compatibility, availability and pricing we will expect from the new Synology FS3410 Flash Rackmount server. Here is how the rest of the specifications of the Synology FS3410 pan out. It’s quite a solid build, 2U in height, Redundant PSU equipped and full depth.

PROCESSOR
Processor model Intel Xeon D-1541
Number of CPUs 1
processor architecture 64-bit
processor clock 8-core 2.1 (base frequency) / 2.7 (max overclock) GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI) YES
MEMORY
system memory 16 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMMs
Pre-installed memory modules 16 GB (16 GB x 1)
Total number of memory slots 4
Maximum memory capacity 128GB (32GB x 4)
STORAGE DEVICE
number of disk slots twenty four
Compatible Disk Types* (See All Supported Disks) 2.5″ SATA SSD
Disk hot-plug support YES
Remark
  • Synology only guarantees the full functionality, reliability, and performance of Synology hard drives listed in the compatibility list . The use of unauthenticated components may limit certain functions and result in data loss and system instability.
  • 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 port* 4 (Support Link Aggregation / Failover)
RJ-45 10GbE port 2 (Support Link Aggregation / Failover)
management port 1
Maximum number of LAN ports 15
USB 3.2 Gen 1 port* 2
PCIE
PCIe expansion 2 x Gen3 x8 slots (x8 link)

You can learn more about the Synology FS3410 Rackstation Server in our video over on YouTube HERE.


 


 

 

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Synology Unofficial Memory on DSM 7.1 – DS920+, DS220+, DS720+, DS420+ and DS1520+ NAS

1 juin 2022 à 01:19

Using Synology NAS, DSM 7.1 and Unofficial Memory Modules for DSx20+ series

NAS systems are not cheap and nor are the accessories! However, one area that many new/existing NAS buyers take issue with more than most is the cost of official NAS memory. It’s an unfortunate fact that any computer system that has been built/tailored towards a specific purpose, is going to end up costing more. This usually comes down to much more specific design requirements and NAS drives are no different. But when it comes to Memory modules, people are slightly less forgiving. When a NAS brand sells it’s branded memory, many are quick to raise that the brand rarely makes the memory itself and instead they are putting their branded labels on memory from the likes of Kingston, Samsung, ADATA or Crucial. Now, this is only partially true, as brands tend to test a wide range of memory in the development phase of their products and then settle on the best choice based on that system architecture (no doubt factoring cost of course too) and then THAT memory is made the brand’s recommended choice, labelling it brand-approved. Where things get murky is when brands start to become rigid on their system’s use of other memory and how that impacts brand support and how the system treats ‘other’ or ‘unofficial’ memory.

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In the case of Synology, this can lead to DSM 7.1 displaying a warning notification in the software highlighting the use of an unsupported memory. There is also the fact that the brand might become less able to assist you in any warranty claims from reasonable system hardware failure if the issue can be stemmed in any way to memory. Now, when Synology released the latest revision of their software, DSM 7.1, there were some reports online of users stating that their system would no longer boot with 3rd party memory installed. Although I tested this on the NASCompares YouTube channel with mixed results, I have since RE-TESTED this (on the heavy request of users who did not experience any issues, who queried the results) and in that follow-up testing, ALL 3rd party memory modules worked (video embedded later in the article below). So, it looks confirmed that unofficial/3rd party memory STILL WORKS in DSM 7.1 at the time of writing, which means users still have a choice of choosing the 3rd party RAM route or sticking with the officially provided and branded memory. Nevertheless, many users who look at Synology’s pricing for their official memory modules might be thinking “HOW MUCH???”:

Important Considerations about Synology NAS and Unofficial Memory Upgrades

Now, let’s get serious real quick. A Synology NAS does not occupy the same importance in your hardware environment as a TV, sound system or even day-to-day PC. A NAS system will often be one of many backups of ALL your data! Therefore exercising caution on how your upgrade/tinker with it can have more dire consequences than simply breaking it – it can lead to the potential loss of genuinely irreplaceable photos, videos and more. Therefore if you are looking at upgrading the memory of your NAS drive and using hardware that is not on a recommended list by the manufacturer, you need to make sure you have your backups in order – have at least two backups (i.e 2 complete copies of your data OUTSIDE of the original file – one on your phone and one on a NAS only means ONE copy!). Additionally, if/when you install ANY new memory, it is highly recommended that you run a quick(ish) memory test using the desktop Synology Assistant application (for Windows/Mac) so that the NAS can check that the memory is good-to-go. Be warned, this process can take several hours (a relatively simple 2GB Transcend DDR4 2400Mhz SODIMM module in a DS920+ in my testing for a YouTube video took just over 1 HOUR and 40 MINUTES) and during that time, access to the NAS is largely impossible (plus the system will re-boot at least once). So ensure you do this during a quicker/downtime moment for your network. Below is a brief overview of where the Memory Test setting of Synology Assistant is and how to enable it:

We conducted a wide range of tests of memory from Crucial, Transcend, ADATA, Kingston, Sabrent and ADATA DDR4 SODIMM memory. These tests were conducted with a Synology DS220+ and DS920+, each running DSM 7.1. Here are the results from a video over on NASCompares:

So, let’s discuss 3rd party memory, Synology NAS and DSM 7.1 on some of the brand’s most popular systems for home/prosumer users – as it is these users who are less inclined to choose the official memory route.

Synology DS920+, DS220+, DS720+, DS420+ and DS1520+ NAS Memory Tested

Now, before getting to the confirmed working memory that works in DSM 7.1 on the popular Synology Plus Series NAS right now, it is worth remembering that official Synology memory is always going to be the ‘ideal’ choice for the NAS. Despite reservations of price and (in some places) availability, this is still the memory that is going to present you with the least hurdles in the event of ALL support claims with Synology. Additionally, official memory will ensure no ‘warning – incompatible/unsupported memory installed’ message being displayed in DSM 7.1. Most home users will be able to ignore this warning no doubt, but if you are installing a Synology NAS for a 3rd party (friends, family or professional installation), it might un-nerve the receiver. It is for reasons like these that you might still want to opt for the official Synology memory. In that case, you can find the official memory modules available from Synology here:

D4NESO-2666-4G

D4ES01-4G (ECC)

D4ES01-8G (ECC)

D4ECSO-2666-16G (ECC)

However, we have been testing ALOT of memory with the Synology Diskstation Intel J4125 and Intel J4025 series of NAS devices since DSM 7.1 was released (DS920+, DS220+, DS720+, DS420+, DS1520+) and the following 3rd party memory modules are all confirmed to work in those systems.

IMPORTANT

  1.  The Synology DSx20+ series of NAS devices all arrive with default 2GB or 4GB of memory internally that is attached to the controller board/PCB which CANNOT be removed. Therefore you will ONLY be able to install a single memory module to upgrade these systems.
  2. When installing a new memory module, the Synology NAS system may take longer than usual to boot that first time (as I found out to my somewhat embarrassing error!), so give the system upto 20mins to boot the first time you install a new memory module.
  3.  The Intel CPU inside these systems has a maximum memory support of 8GB and they recommend that all memory matches the frequency/speed (Synology provide 2666Mhz DDR4 on these systems). So, try to err towards 2666Mhz (though we have successfully tested both 2400Mhz and 3200Mhz). Additionally, having in excess of 8GB is not guaranteed to mean the CPU can actually use more than 8GB in its architecture internally.


4GB Confirmed to work on DS920+/DS220+/DS720+/DS420+/DS1520+

The following 4GB Modules of DDR4 SODIMM memory have been tested in the DS920+, DS220+, DS720+, DS420+ and DS1520+ NAS running DSM 7.1. The Links used below will take you to amazon (it SHOULD re-direct to your own country/storefront automatically) where this memory is available. HOWEVER, thanks to their site having a policy of substituting product links to something else in the event the original product is out of stock, MAKE SURE to check that the memory modules for 16GB and 32GB SODIMM modules are DUAL RANK or ‘DR‘, as Synology NAS typically have trouble with SR/SINGLE RANK modules above 8GB. When in doubt, use the model ID.

Kingston KVR26S19S6/4

2666Mhz, Single Rank

AM-D4NESO-2666-4G

2666Mhz, Single Rank

Crucial CT4G4SFS8266

2666Mhz, Single Rank

$23.25 (18/05/22)

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$34.95 (18/05/22)

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$33.77 (18/05/22)

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TimeTec 76TT26NUS1R8-4G

2666Mhz, Single Rank

Transcend M2666HSH-4G

2666Mhz, Single Rank

SK Hynix HMA851S6CJR6N

3200Mhz, Single Rank

$31.99 (18/05/22)

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$26.49 (18/05/22)

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$15.99 (18/05/22)

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8GB Confirmed to work on DS920+/DS220+/DS720+/DS420+/DS1520+

Now, when it comes to 8GB Memory modules on the DS920+, DS220+, DS720+, DS420+ and DS1520+ NAS running DSM 7.1, it is once again worth remembering that the CPU has that 8GB recommended maximum memory in place from both Intel and Synology. So, although all six of the tested modules below WORK, the jury is still out on whether you will be able to use them to their fullest extent. Additionally, remember that this will be paired with the 2/4GB of memory that the NAS has soldered to the controller board internally, so you will end up with either 10GB or 12GB of visible memory inside your NAS.

TimeTec 76TT26NUS1R8-8G

2666Mhz, Single Rank

SAMSUNG M471A1K43CB1

2400Mhz, Single Rank

Crucial CT8G4SFS8266

2666Mhz, Single Rank

$28.99 (18/05/22)

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$27.75 (18/05/22)

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$38.50 (18/05/22)

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ATech AT8G1D4S2666NA0N12V

2666Mhz, Single Rank

Sabrent Rocket SB-DDR8

3200Mhz, Single Rank

ADATA AD4S240038G17

2666Mhz, Single Rank

$31.25 (18/05/22)

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$49.99 (18/05/22)

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$55.80 (18/05/22)

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16GB Confirmed to work on DS920+/DS220+/DS720+/DS420+/DS1520+

Finally, we have the largest current memory that works in the DS920+, DS220+, DS720+, DS420+ and DS1520+ NAS running DSM 7.1 – 16GB in a single DDR4 SODIMM non-ECC module. For many users, the idea that a 16GB RAM stick for their NAS from Kingston, Crucial or Samsung will cost less than a 4GB official module is just too damned tempting! Much like the 8GB modules, it is really important to remember that these are substantially higher than the recommended maximum of the CPU by Synology and Intel, so although these have been tested and confirmed to work by both me (Robbie @ NAScompares) and many online sources, I would still ensure you have at least 2 backups in place of your data at all times regardless. 

TimeTec 76TT26NUS2R8-16G

2666Mhz, Dual Rank

SAMSUNG M471A2K43CB1

2666Mhz, Dual Rank

Crucial CT16G4SFD832A

3200Mhz (2933/2666Mhz)

$52.99 (18/05/22)

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$77.00 (18/05/22)

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$73.99 (18/05/22)

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Crucial CT16G4SFRA266

2666Mhz, Dual Rank

Sabrent Rocket SB-DDR16

3200Mhz, Dual Rank

ADATA AD4S3200716G22

3200Mhz, Dual Rank

$67.39.99 (18/05/22)

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$74.99 (18/05/22)

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$98.00 (18/05/22)

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Is Upgrading the Memory on a Synology NAS worth it?

Many users will avoid updating default Memory on a Synology NAS server while it is still under warranty – thinking that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. However, If you are buying a Synology NAS that supports an official or unofficial user memory upgrade, there’s almost no reason not to do the upgrade. There are practically no disadvantages (none at all, if you buy official Synology Memory) and the benefits will be immediate. You can always wait till later on an upgrade when you notice a drop in performance, however, I would keep an eye on deal websites for your compatible DDR3 or DDR4 Synology NAS supported memory and then grab some when a bargain appears. I do wish some lower capacity NAS’ drives, such as the DS120j, DS220j and DS420j (that arrive with much less memory soldered to the motherboard than their CPU can handle at maximum) were able to have their memory upgraded, as this becomes a tremendous bottleneck. There are cases where two drive bays are enough in terms of total available storage space (especially with 18TB Seagate and 20TB WD Red NAS drives in-coming), so you will be able to run a lot of applications, for multiple users, but the rather comical 256MB, 512MB and 1GB memory available in these budget models is just not enough to run DSM 7.1 to its full potential on these NAS and the result will be that most users will walk away with a very poor opinion of the Synology NAS experience.

Looking for Other Synology NAS and Compatible Unofficial Memory?

We have made several guides on finding the right unofficial memory that can be used on Synology NAS systems over the last few years. You can use the huge guide liked below to scroll the current available range of NAS from the brand and the official and unofficial RAM that works with it.

Synology Unofficial Memory Upgrades – 2022 UPDATED (Click Below)

 

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