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Synology Diskstation DS3611xs Review

The DS3611xs is shipped in a massive box, which follows the traditional, and rather plain packaging style of Synology.

The unit is shipped with a manual, software CD, power plug, drive mounting screws and four Cat 6 cables.

We have reviewed the DS1511+ before, which is a big unit, but even that pales in comparison to the DS3611xs. It is really heavy, even without drives installed, weighing 10.53 kg.

We are pleased to see, that since this is aimed at the business audience, Synology are using metal drive bays. The lower surface is coated so it won’t directly touch against sensitive drive electronics. A nice touch.

There are 12 drive connectors in the DS3611xs with a total storage capacity support of 36TB (12x3TB).

The chassis is substantial, being constructed from metal. Underneath there are six rubber protected feet, for maximum stability.

The back of the DS3611xs has ample cooling, supplied from two 120mm fans. Above these is a housing for the power supply, which we will look at when we get to the insides shortly.

At the right there is a reset button, 4 USB 2.0 ports and 4 LAN ports.

The side panels are bolted into place by two screws at the rear of the chassis. There are three removable sections, both side panels and a top panel.

The DS3611xs ships with a 3.1ghz dual core Intel processor and 2GB of ECC ram.

The SATA based daughtercard slots into the main motherboard. The two 120mm fans are high performance YSTECH models producing over 50cfm of air each, thermally controlled from the motherboard.

Synology are using a 500w Seasonic 80 Plus Bronze Certified power supply which feeds power into both the motherboard and the SATA daughtercard.

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