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Synology DS416play Four-Bay Consumer NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 1:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Synology

Benchmarks - SMB Workloads




To show workload performance more accurately, I had to remove the DS916+ from these charts as it was far above the performance of the other appliances but with that let us get right into the results.


In RAID 0, the DS416play performed amazingly well, coming very close to 1200 IOPS in Database while File Server reached near 1000 and the last three were a hair above 600 IOPS.




RAID 5 showed the DS416play and ASUSTOR AS3204T trading shots with the Synology winning a majority of the battles with its slight CPU advantage.




With RAID 10, things again were close to the ASUSTOR unit on several occasions, but the DS416play prevailed with 1300 IOPS peak in Database followed by 1000 in File Server.



Final Thoughts


Over the next few months, I am going to be revamping and adding more tests and charts to my reviews in hope for better overall comparisons between appliances. As it sits now, the DS416play is a solid four-bay entry for those wanting to get into the market at this tier, and its also a solid upgrade path for those on a two-bay solution, especially if you are already in the DSM ecosystem with a DS216 or 216play. The build quality is solid even with a majority of the unit comprised of plastic, and features like tool-less trays only add to this as a package.



The performance was quite good with the 416play, and it positions itself as a solid upgrade over the DS415play from two years ago. The added horsepower not only boosts this device's capability as a media streamer and transcoding box, but also increased the file performance in many cases.


Single client results topped 120 MB/s in file copy operations while Playback and Record were equally solid at 83 MB/s and 118 MB/s in RAID 0. Sequential numbers stacked all tested appliances in tight, but the DS416play was able to come away with 109 MB/s read and 102 MB/s write. While on the other hand moving to workload testing, RAID 0 allowed the DS416play to top both the DS415+ and AS3204T by a solid 400 IOPs in Database, while Email and Web Server had both appliances real close.


In closing, I like the DS416play; it's a solid performer for its intended market and a definite upgrade over its predecessor. For anyone wanting to break into the four-bay NAS market, it is an excellent way to start with an MSRP of $459.99, making it one of the better sub-$500 appliances you can pick.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: Synology's DS416play is a value-oriented NAS appliance that with its performance makes it a solid option for those wanting to break into the four-bay market without breaking your bank account balance into pieces.

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