The goal of this review was to compare the value-based DS1817 over the DS1517+. As far as build quality goes, I'd say both units are equally well-built. For the most part, chassis components are shared with an inner metal structure wrapped in ABS plastic. The drive trays are tool-less making drive installation simple and the locking mechanism used a key like your grandmother's freezer.
As far as performance goes, the DS1817 topped the DS1517+ in some use cases. The first being our single client workload which showed playback operations nearly doubling that of the 1517+. Record was neck and neck for both units each bringing in 350- 400 MB/s. File Copy went to the 1517+ with its much quicker write performance.
Over in sequential testing, the 1817 pulled in solid read performance reaching 711 MB/s while it writes performance could use some work topping out at 470 MB/s. RAID 5 showed solid read performance too at 743 MB/s, and to that point, it's the quickest NAS we have tested in sequential read.
Workloads were linear across all platforms in our charts, minus the QNAP unit which just excels at these tests. Looking at the 1817, it managed at least 10K IOPS through all workloads in RAID 0, while its RAID 5 and 6 counterparts held strong and topped the 1517+ on several occasions.
With all this testing out of the way, I'm quite impressed with the 1817. It's the cheapest unit we have tested to this point with a $849.99 MSRP but it comes equipped with 10Gbe from the factory, whereas units like the 1517+ and TVS-473 require an add-on card while being many times more expensive before you even purchase drives.
With that said, users or businesses that need pure data storage will surely enjoy the DS1817 as it's a unit you can pair with eight of your favorite drives and have years of hassle free storage at a good price.
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: Synology's DiskStation DS1817 might be the best NAS device on the market for users wanting all the high-end features on a budget-minded platform.
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