[Update 27-May-2020] The DS420+ and DS720+ have now been maid official and are available now.

Synology recently launched their new affordable  Synology DS220j which offers a significant performant bump from the DS218j thanks to the move from the dual-core Marvell Armada 385 chipset to the Realtek RTD1296 chipset.

They are now preparing for the launch of their other 2020 range with several new NAS devices going live on the Taiwanese Synology website.

Currently, there is no word on availability or pricing, and the current Covid-19 pandemic has no doubt thrown a spanner in the works. Current;y the Synology DS918+ is £519.98 on Amazon.

However, if you have been thinking about getting a new 4-bay solution and are in no rush, it could well be worth holding out for the launch of these new faster models.

So far, it looks like four devices are set to launch. There are two 2-bay models with the DS220+ NAS and the DS720+ NAS. Then two 4-bay models with the DS420+ and D9220+.

These new models introduce the newer Intel Celeron J4xxx chipsets which use DDR4 and all models apart from the DS220+ will offer M.2 drive bays that can accept the super-fast NVMe drives.

Synology DS420+ and DS720+ Now available

My initial post only covered the D9220+ and DS420+. Synology have now officially launched the DS420+ and DS720+ but no mention of the 4-Bay D9220+.

The new DS720+ is a two bay NAS with an improved Intel Celeron J4125 which is a 4-core chipset with 2.0 (base) / 2.7 (burst) GHz. This offers around a 60+% performance improvement in certain benchmarks when compared to the older DS718+ which had the Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core

Synology states in their press release that this offers up to 143% faster app responsiveness and over 15% performance boost in compute-intensive tasks.

You also now have the added benefit of 2 x built-in M.2 2280 NVMe SSD slots for caching options offering read/write access speed improvements of 20-fold. You also have the possibility to expand up to 7 drives with a DX517 expansion unit

This is available on a handful of retailers now for around £420 whereas the older model is still selling for £389 on Amazon, So the newer model should be well worth the extra £31.

Synology D9220+ vs DS420+ vs DS918+ vs DS418play – New faster NAS solutions coming with DDR4 & NVMe support (now with DS720+) 1

Synology DS920+ NAS

4-Bay NAS with Dedicated NVMe SSD Cache Acceleration – Synology DiskStation DS920+ is an ideal network-attached storage solution designed to streamline data management and productivity. Two built-in M.2 SSD slots and Synology SSD Cache technology allow you to boost system I/O and application performance. With scalable storage design, DS920+ lets you start small and expand storage capacity with the Synology DX517 as your data grows.

Key Specs:

  • Intel Celeron J4125 – Quad-core 2.0 (base frequency) / 2.7 (burst frequency) GHz
  • 4 GB DDR4 RAM (expandable to 8GB)
  • Disk slots – 4
  • M.2 drive bay – 2 (NVMe)

Synology DS420+ NAS

Synology D9220+ vs DS420+ vs DS918+ vs DS418play – New faster NAS solutions coming with DDR4 & NVMe support (now with DS720+) 2

Highly Capable 4 Drive 4K NAS Server – Synology DiskStation DS420+ is a network-attached storage solution for smooth data sharing, video streaming, and photo indexing. Two built-in M.2 SSD slots and Synology SSD Cache technology allow you to boost system I/O and application performance.

Key Specs:

  • Intel Celeron J4025 – Dual core 2.0 (base frequency) / 2.9 (burst frequency) GHz
  • 2 GB DDR4 RAM (expandable to 6GB)
  • Disk slots – 4
  • M.2 drive bay – 2 (NVMe)

Processors – Intel Celeron J4125 vs J4025 vs J3355 vs J3455

The new CPUs used in each NAS should provide a significant boost in performance, with increased frequencies, larger cache and the move from DDR3 to DDR4.

In the Cinebench moving from the  J3455 to the J4125 you see an improvement of 68% and 63% for the single-core and multi-core results respectively.

Then moving from the J3355 to the J4025 there is a 70% and 72% improvement.

As previously mentioned, the official statement from Synology is that the new chipsets offer up to 143% faster app responsiveness and over 15% performance boost in compute-intensive tasks. You can then get a 20x improvement in rear/write access with the NVMe cache drives.

 J4125J4025J3455J3355
Frequency2.00 GHz2.00 GHz1.50 GHz2.00 GHz
Turbo (1 Core)2.70 GHz2.90 GHz2.30 GHz2.50 GHz
Turbo (All Cores)2.70 GHz2.90 GHz2.20 GHz2.50 GHz
Cores4242
Cache4.00 MB4.00 MB2.00 MB2.00 MB
Codec h264Decode / EncodeDecode / EncodeDecode / EncodeDecode / Encode
Codec JPEGDecode / EncodeDecode / EncodeDecode / EncodeDecode / Encode
Codec h265 8bitDecodeDecodeDecode / EncodeDecode / Encode
Codec h265 10bitNoNoDecodeDecode
Codec VP8Decode / EncodeDecode / EncodeDecode / EncodeDecode / Encode
Codec VP9Decode / EncodeDecode / EncodeDecodeDecode
Codec VC-1DecodeDecodeDecodeDecode
Codec AVCDecode / EncodeDecode / EncodeDecode / EncodeDecode / Encode
Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)79854750
Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)29616018193

Synology D9220+ vs DS420+ vs DS918+ vs DS418play comparison table

 D9220+ NASDS420+ NASDS418playDS418
Processor modelIntel Celeron J4125Intel Celeron J4025Intel Celeron J3355Intel Celeron J3455
Processor architecture64-bit64-bit64-bit64-bit
Processor clockQuad-core 2.0 (base frequency) / 2.7 (burst frequency) GHzDual core 2.0 (base frequency) / 2.9 (burst frequency) GHzDual Core 2.0 (base) / 2.5 (burst) GHzQuad Core 1.5 (base) / 2.3 (burst) GHz
Hardware encryption engine (AES-NI)
Memory
System memory4 GB DDR42 GB DDR42 GB DDR3L4 GB DDR3L
Total number of memory slots112 GB (2 GB x 1)4 GB (4 GB x 1)
Memory can be expanded to8 GB (4 GB + 4 GB)6 GB (2 GB + 4 GB)22
Storage device6 GB (2 GB + 4 GB)8 GB (4 GB x 2)
Number of disk slots4444
Maximum number of disk slots for installing expansion devices99
M.2 drive bay2 (NVMe)2 (NVMe)2 (NVMe)
Compatible disk types * (see all supported disks)3.5 “SATA HDD3.5 “SATA HDD3.5" SATA HDD3.5" SATA HDD
2.5 “SATA HDD2.5 “SATA HDD2.5" SATA HDD2.5" SATA HDD
2.5 “SATA SSD2.5 “SATA SSD2.5" SATA SSD2.5" SATA SSD
M.2 2280 NVMe SSDM.2 2280 NVMe SSDM.2 2280 NVMe SSD
Maximum internal net total storage capacity64 TB (16 TB drive x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)64 TB (16 TB drive x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)64 TB (16 TB drive x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)64 TB (16 TB drive x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum total net storage capacity with expansion device144 TB (64 TB + 16 TB drive x 5) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)144 TB (64 TB + 16 TB drive x 5) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum single storage capacity *108 TB108 TB108 TB108 TB
Disk hot swap support
External port
RJ-45 1GbE network port2 (Support Link Aggregation / Failover)2 (Support Link Aggregation / Failover)2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
USB 3.0 port2222
eSATA port11
USB / SD Copy
File system
Internal diskBtrfsBtrfsBtrfsBtrfs
EXT4EXT4EXT4EXT4
RemarksexFAT Access must be purchased separately from the package center.exFAT Access must be purchased separately from the package center.exFAT Access must be purchased separately from the package center.exFAT Access must be purchased separately from the package center.
Exterior
Size (Height X Width X Depth)166 mm x 199 mm x 223 mm166 mm x 199 mm x 223 mm166 mm x 199 mm x 223 mm166 mm x 199 mm x 223 mm
weight2.24 kg2.18 kg2.23 kg2.28 kg
other projects
System fan92 mm x 92 mm x 2 pcs92 mm x 92 mm x 2 pcs92 mm x 92 mm x 2 pcs92 mm x 92 mm x 2 pcs
Automatic power recovery
Noise value*19.8 dB (A)19.8 dB (A)20.5 dB(A)19.8 dB(A)
Timer switch
Wake on LAN
Power supply / transformer100 W90 W90 W100 W
AC input voltage100 V to 240 V AC100 V to 240 V AC100 V to 240 V AC100 V to 240 V AC
Current frequency50/60 Hz, single frequency50/60 Hz, single frequency50/60 Hz, Single Phase50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power consumption *32.17 W (Access)28.30 W (Access)29.01 W (Access)28.8 W (Access)
9.69 W (HDD Hibernation)8.45 W (HDD Hibernation)10.59 W (HDD Hibernation)12.6 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit109.84 BTU / hr (Access)96.63 BTU / hr (Access)98.98 BTU/hr (Access)98.27 BTU/hr (Access)
33.09 BTU / hr (HDD Hibernation)72.11 BTU / hr (HDD Hibernation)36.12 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)42.99 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
temperature
Operating temperature0 ° C to 40 ° C (32 ° F to 104 ° F)0 ° C to 40 ° C (32 ° F to 104 ° F)5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage temperature-20 ° C to 60 ° C (-5 ° F to 140 ° F)-20 ° C to 60 ° C (-5 ° F to 140 ° F)-20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)-20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative humidity5% to 95% RH5% to 95% RH5% to 95% RH5% to 95% RH
Warranty3 year hardware warranty, extendable to 5 years coverage- EW2013 year hardware warranty, extendable to 5 years coverage- EW2012 Years3-year hardware warranty, extendable to 5-year coverage - EW201

[Original Post: 3 May 2020]

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