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Synology DS1819+ NAS Review (Page 4)

By Chris Ramseyer from May 28, 2019 @ 22:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Synology

Final Thoughts

The Synology DS1819+ is a powerful, and affordable, system that provides opportunities for expansion as your needs change over time.


I often hear about after purchase experiences from NAS buyers. Many of the stories sound the same. I purchased a NAS for one reason but after a few days realized it could do XYZ at the same time. These are powerful systems, and the side workloads are often much more exciting than the storage features we expect from a NAS. The Synology DS1819+ has ample processing power to run the side tasks while still delivering a seamless storage experience.

Like all of these systems, storage is the first priority, and if a device doesn't cover the basics well, the user experience is diminished before you even look at other use cases. With eight internal drive bays, the DS1819+ gives you a lot of bay to build your large capacity arrays.

I've always recommended more drive bays in the NAS over larger drives for the system. This is a strategic move to lower the overall cost of ownership. The largest capacity HDDs carry a significant price premium over the second largest capacity available. You can spend less on drives to reach a capacity point by spending a little more on the NAS.

The Synology DS1819+ also bring strong scale-out capabilities through expansion systems that connect to the NAS via eSATA. The system supports two additional enclosures available from Synology. Three USB 3.0 ports on the rear of the system also provide IO for expansion.

The system's biggest upgrade feature and strongest selling point is the open PCIe slot for 10-gigabit or NVMe SSD cache. Today we tested both and found excellent performance results. With a 10GbE your file transfers move remarkably fast over the network. With NVMe cache, your random workloads move swiftly, and that's a big benefit for virtual machine users that house the data on the NAS.

The only downside we found on this system is the inability to utilize both NVMe cache and 10GbE at the same time. 10GbE gives users access to just over 1,000 MB/s bandwidth. You can't reach that with SATA SSDs (in a cache configuration using internal bays). NVMe can reach and surpass that speed but to utilize NVMe SSDs for cache, you can't use the PCIe port for the additional network bandwidth.

Performance 95%

Quality 95%

Features 94%

Value 92%

The Bottom Line

The Synology DS1819+ is a powerful, and affordable, system that provides opportunities for expansion as your needs change over time.

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