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Disk Station
At a glance
ProductSynology Disk Station (DS716+)   [Website]
SummaryTwo-bay, expandable quad-core Intel Celeron-based NAS with large feature set
Pros• Supports BTRFS
• Expandable to 7 bays total with one DX513 cabinet
• Broad feature set with lots of installable apps
• Btrfs-enabled snapshot backups
• 4K video transcoding
• Quiet
Cons• Relatively expensive
• Expansion option is expensive
• Relatively poor large file RAID1 performance
• Memory not upgradeable without voiding warranty
• More expensive than better performing NASes

Typical Price: $524  Buy From Amazon

Introduction

Now that 2016 is here, we're starting to see some of the latest crop of 2016 NASes from Synology. We last reviewed the Synology DS216 2-bay NAS targeted to the value conscious consumer. This review covers Synology's DS716+ Disk Station.

Synology's DS716+

The table below positions the DS716+ in Synology's small business focused plus series.

Synology Product Lineup

Synology Product Lineup

The DS716+ replaces the DS713+ as Synology's most expensive two-bay NAS. Like the DS713+, the DS716+ is a two-bay NAS, but expandable to a total of seven bays with addition of the optional eSATA-connected DX513 expansion cabinet.

The DS716+ has its own Quick Installation Guide that includes step-by-step instructions for mounting disks into tool-less disk trays, connecting the DS716+ to power and LAN and configuring the NAS. The Quick Installation Guide also includes front and rear panel callouts, shown below, as well as an LED Indicator Table found in Appendix B.

Synology DS716+ front and rear panel callouts

Synology DS716+ front and rear panel callouts

Inside

Unlike the DS713+, the DS716+'s board was difficult to remove. The image below shows the main PCB. There's a single memory slot containing a 2 GB DDR3 SoDIMM. But there's a warning seal declaring your warranty void if you remove the memory.

Synology DS716+ main PCB

Synology DS716+ main PCB

Compared to the DS713+, the DS716+ features a beefier Intel quad-core Celeron and double the amount of RAM. The table below summarizes the key components of the DS713+, DS716+ and two recently-reviewed similar products from ASUSTOR.

  Synology DS716+ Synology DS713+ ASUSTOR AS5102T ASUSTOR AS6202T
CPU Intel Celeron N3150 1.6 GHz quad-core Intel Atom D2700 2.13 GHz dual core Intel Celeron J1900 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Celeron N3150 1.6 GHz quad-core
RAM 2 GB DDR3 in SoDIMM. Upgrade/removal voids warranty 1 GB DDR3 2GB DDR3 Upgradeable to 8GB 4 GB DDR3 SoDIMM (2 x 2 GB), upgradeable to 8 GB
Flash 128 MB DOM Samsung 128 MB DOM ADATA IUM01-001GFHL (128 MB USB DOM) ADATA IUM01-512MFHL (512 MB USB DOM)
Ethernet Intel WG82574L (x2) Intel WG82574L (x2) Broadcom BCM57781 (x2) Broadcom BCM57781 (x2)
USB 3.0 Etron Tech EJ168A Etron Tech EJ168A ASM1074 In CPU
SATA Marvell 88SE9170-NNX2 Silicon Image Sil3531 ASM1061 (x2) ASM1061 (x2)
Table 1: Key component summary

The ASUSTOR AS6202T provides the most direct comparison because it uses the same processor. Note, however, the ASUSTOR comes with 4 GB of RAM that's expandable to 8 GB total. The ASUSTOR, however, doesn't support an expansion cabinet.

With two drives, the DS716+ drew 19 W with WD Red 1 TB (WD10EFRX) drives spun up and 10 W with the drives spun down for power save. Noise was rated as low. RAID 1 rebuild was immediate when the bad block check option was skipped.

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