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Review: Synology DS920+

by Parm Mann on 13 July 2020, 14:01

Tags: Synology

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Test Methodology

Comparison NAS Configurations

Synology DS418
Synology DS920+
Realtek RTD1296
Intel Celeron J4125
CPU Architecture
Cores / Threads
4 / 4
4 / 4
Peak Frequency
System Memory
Drive Bays
Drives Installed
4x 8TB Seagate IronWolf
4x 8TB Seagate IronWolf
Date Reviewed
July 2020
Reviewed Price
(exc. drives)

HEXUS 2020 Test Platform

Component Product Page
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 3950X amd.com
Motherboard Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula asus.com
CPU Cooler Corsair Hydro Series H150i Pro RGB corsair.com
Graphics Card Sapphire Nitro+ RX 5700 XT 8G GDDR6 SE sapphiretech.com
Memory G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3200 (2x16GB) gskill.com
Storage 2TB Corsair MP600 corsair.com
Power Supply be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1,000W bequiet.com
Network Card Asus XG-C100C 10GBase-T PCIe Adapter asus.com
Chassis Fractal Design Define 7 Clear Tempered Glass fractal-design.com
Monitor Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB philips.co.uk
Keyboard Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire corsair.com
Mouse Corsair Ironclaw RGB corsair.com
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro microsoft.com

HEXUS NAS Benchmark Suite

Benchmark Test Description
CrystalDiskMark Sequential Read Q8T1 A 1GB sequential read using a 128KB block size.
Sequential Write Q8T1 A 1GB sequential write using a 128KB block size.
4K Read Q32T16 A random spread of 4KB reads at a queue depth of 32.
4K Write Q32T16 A random spread of 4KB writes at a queue depth of 32.
PCMark 10 Data Drive Three-stage trace test involving 339 JPEG files totalling 2.37GB.
Windows File Transfer File Copy to NAS Transfer of 3 files totalling 16.4GB from client to NAS.
Directory Copy from NAS Transfer of 16.9GB folder containing 4,718 files from NAS to client.
Intel NASPT HD Playback and Record 2 files, 99 per cent sequential, combined read and write.
Content Creation 98 files, 39 per cent sequential, 95 per cent writes up to 64KB.
Office Productivity 607 files, 81 per cent sequential, 1KB reads and writes.
Photo Album 169 files, 80 per cent sequential, 100 per cent reads of various sizes.
Power Consumption NAS power draw recorded at idle and while writing data.
Noise A PCE-318 meter is used to record noise output at idle and while writing data.


All NAS servers are tested using a single Ethernet link and are connected to our AMD Ryzen-based client via an Asus XG-C100C 10GBase-T PCIe Adapter and Qnap QSW-1208-8C 10GbE switch.

There are myriad ways of testing a network server, and with so many potential variables at play, we choose to keep things relatively simple with just a single client connected to the NAS. Drives are always configured as either RAID 1 on a dual-bay NAS or RAID 10 on a NAS with four or more bays, using the EXT4 file system.