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Detailed Write Performance Comparison

Figure 14 shows a detailed comparison of 1000 Mbps read performance for the three Synology DS107s, along with the same three other competing products:

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Figure 14: Detailed comparison of 1000 Mbps Write performance for large file sizes

Here there’s more of a difference between the DS107 and the DS107+ at different file sizes. The DS107+ was the clear performance winner at file sizes above 32MB. Only the Qnap TS-109 Pro bested it at 32 MB and equaled it at 128MB file sizes.

Final Thoughts

Synology products, including the DS107 family of single drive NASes, seem to be on the right track of offering an abundance of built-in services in a BYOD NAS. I prefer Synology’s approach to that of Buffalo, which forces you to choose between its "Live" products that include media servers, and its "Pro" models that offer "corporate" type features, i.e. ADS/NT4 support, without media servers. While Synology also offers "business" and "consumer" focused models, the business versions provide features in addition to all those found on its consumer models.

If you’re not afraid to spend about 10 minutes with a screwdriver to install a drive, and don’t want/need the fault tolerance offered by multi-drive systems, any of the DS107 family of single-drive NASes would be a good choice. For a simple home network, the DS107e would be ideal. For a network using ADS, either the DS107 or DS107+ would be appropriate. From a price/performance perspective, it appears that the DS107 is the sweet spot. However, for the best performance, the DS107+ is the clear choice.

Check out the slideshowCheck out the slideshow for photos and descriptions of main board components for all three DS107 models.

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