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Synology DS416slim Four-Bay 2.5" NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 4:18 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Synology

Benchmarks – SMB Workloads




Workload testing is done using IOMeter at 128 QD. I run these tests at least three times for each array type. RAID 0, seen above was pretty strong in database, file and web server.





RAID 5 again made this appliance very competitive to the larger solutions. Even with 128QD, the DS416slim excelled through database at a touch over 800 IOPS, and web server just over 600 IOPS.




Moving over to RAID 10, the DS416slim just looked tired after all that work put in for the previous two RAID modes. It was barely able to reach 500 IOPs in database or 400 IOPS in email server.



Final Thoughts


Somehow earlier in the year around May I missed the release of this NAS. While I tend to stay pretty busy when I was doing some research on the DS916, I came across this solution and promptly asked about it. While many of you that already have a Synology appliance will have very little interest in a solution like the DS416slim, for those of you that don't need great amounts of storage capacity and want to save space but still have all the features, then this solution doesn't disappoint.


I was actually impressed by the single client results as the slim stayed right with the larger appliances in almost every scenario. Before we get too much into performance, let's talk about the quality of the unit itself. The exterior of the DS416slim is ABS plastic which lends a bit of durability thanks to its high impact resistance, and this covers a steel frame that adds structure for the drive trays and motherboard components.


The performance throughout most of my testing was rather good. It did fall off a bit in workload testing once we made it to RAID 10 but otherwise I was able to reach competitive performance throughout single client testing with peak sequential speed of 111 MB/s read and 97 MB/s write. It excelled in both Database and Web Server workloads in RAID 0 and 5.


With this appliance coming in at an amazing MSRP of $289.99 for anyone that has been wanting to get into NAS storage, this is a great place to start with DSM and get acquainted with all of the features and possibly move on to a larger appliance if/when the need arises.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating89%

The Bottom Line: Synology's DS416slim is a great appliance for consumers wanting a space saving solution without sacrificing the performance needed for streaming content or data storage.

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