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Synology Diskstation DS1010+ and DX510 Expansion unit review

We take the issue of noise very seriously at KitGuru and this is why we have built a special home brew system as a reference point when we test noise levels of various components.

Why do this? Well this means we can eliminate secondary noise pollution in the test room and concentrate on components we are testing. It also brings us slightly closer to industry standards, such as DIN 45635.

As this can be a little confusing for people, here are various dBa ratings in with real world situations to help describe the various levels.

KitGuru noise guide
10dBA – Normal Breathing/Rustling Leaves
20-25dBA – Whisper
30dBA – High Quality Computer fan
40dBA – A Bubbling Brook, or a Refridgerator
50dBA – Normal Conversation
60dBA – Laughter
70dBA – Vacuum Cleaner or Hairdryer
80dBA – City Traffic or a Garbage Disposal
90dBA – Motorcycle or Lawnmower
100dBA – MP3 player at maximum output
110dBA – Orchestra
120dBA – Front row rock concert/Jet Engine
130dBA – Threshold of Pain
140dBA – Military Jet takeoff/Gunshot (close range)
160dBA – Instant Perforation of eardrum

Noise was measured from half a meter away.

The system is very quiet and in a virtually silent room you can hear the fan noise, but only very slightly. In any ‘real world' conditions the fan noise would not be noticeable, and within a business oriented server room the noise would be masked totally.

We measured power from the socket with 2 x 1TB Samsung HD103SI hard drives installed.

The system only uses 27 watts when the hard drives are in hibernation mode, and under load this rises to 56 watts with our dual configured drive array.

Time to test the cooling system. Our room ambient temperatures are 23c which is a reasonable temperature for most people to work and relax within.

The drives remained between 2 and 6 C above ambient with average results recorded above. The cooling system is extremely capable.

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  1. Christ that is simply stunning. what a fantastic product from Synology. the internal design is fantastic.

  2. our business just bought the RS810RP+ and it is a fantastic performer. this one looks even better. great company

  3. Any chance of a review of something I could afford. like the 200 model they sell ?

  4. so 750 without drives, add 5 x 2TB drives at 90 quid each, thats 1200 quid, then add the expansion pack with 5 more. another 800 quid.

    Still 20TB is a nice amount of storage. not sure id ever fill it. thats a lot of word documents :p

  5. These are great, follow up with some lower priced reviews please Allan, these are a little out of my price bracket

  6. synology are great. nice to see all the high end samplez, but I agree, lower models now as a follow up.

  7. Quick question, can any of their NAS systems use the new operating system or is it only the business models?

  8. The OS looks brilliant. multitasking over IE as a control panel is really showing they are trying to make great products

  9. synology FTW. 🙂 I might pick up a nas in the new year, wont be this one tho, thats a months pay for me, or more.

  10. Business product reviews now too. what a great idea 🙂 im all for something different. keep it up.

  11. My boss saw this last night and ordered 5 of these for our business. We have a lot of biggish files in the video sector and i cant wait to get my hands on setting them up.

  12. Excellent ! I have been waiting on a good tech site to review this and finally I have one. I have a QNAP system which is a little outdated now and I will have to replace the fan as it is making a whiring sound. I might replace the fan, sell it and put the funds into one of these base units. I have already got 5 1.5TB drives, so this is perfect.

  13. Good to see the partnering equipment used on KitGuru is up to spec. I have seen a few NAS system reviews lately which get poor marks but its actually due to a reviewer not using the right gear to measure performance.

  14. QNAP should fear these guys, they seem to be making a push into the business sector now. I know our company wouldnt buy this however as it doesnt have a key locking system. our IT boss has all the systems locked out hard and carries the keys with him everywhere. It wouldnt be an issue for a server room which only allows key staff inside, but our room has footfall from other departments. with unlocked drives it is a potential security issue.

  15. Thanks for the detailed analysis. We have just ordered a couple of this in for our marketing department.

  16. Hello, can the reviewer tell me which is better for a business dealing with a lot of medium sized files ? a QNAP 639 pro or this ?

  17. Kern – Well there are several factors to weigh in.

    QNAP 639 Pro – has lockable system for security. Synology doesn’t.
    Synology DS1010+ is faster
    QNAP 639 pro – is built a little better, especially the drive bays which are metal.
    QNAP 639 Pro has an extra drive bay over the 1010+ base unit
    Synology DS1010+ has expansion capabilities with the DX510 added, giving 4 more bay options than QNAP 639 Pro.
    Synology DS1010+ is slightly cheaper in the UK right now by £120 or so.
    OS on both is great, although Synology is multitasking now so id say it would be a little stronger. Qnap 639 pro has a lot of options however so I wouldn’t discount it completely.
    In regards to medium sized files, they would both be quite close, although id give the edge to the 1010+ it has a faster controller. Your networking specialists would need to correctly configure jumbo frames for these file sizes and ensure the network is all set up for this specific request.

    Overall its a close call, both are brilliant systems for a business. Personally id give the edge to the 1010+ because I feel it offers a little extra performance which can be critical depending on the demands. Future expansion with the excellent unit we tested also factors in. A business can expand and easily pay more for additional storage and capabilities.

  18. The drive bays, you mention them a few times, do they look as if they could be easily damaged? It is hard to tell the strength going on pictures.

  19. Hi Kern – no the material is strong, but its not metal. The business market can expect this with a high end system for long term use. I wouldn’t class it as a critical issue, but it is something that could be improved, especially as competitors such as QNAP are already doing it.

  20. I decided to order one of these today, I have a few hard drives and I almost bought a buffalo system last month, but it looks too slow. I want to store all my HD movies and tv shows and I need something more substantial. thanks for the great buying advice as always KG.

  21. Seriously, only useful for people who will use this kind of stuff occasionally or where speed is not essential. Transfer rate is appallingly low. OK if you running unattended backups when you are away from PC/terminal, but transferring some TBs of data when speed is vital (like watching movies in HD) NAS is completely bonkers solution.

    For that kind of money (in particular if you do not require network access) you can get great (even if not very new) RAID controller like Areca 1231/61ML (660/790 Euros). Of course there is additional cost of backplanes, but transfer rate in RAID0 will go through the roof when you fill every channel [12/16] with SSD disks. Plus you can increase cache to 2GB on this card to improve performance even more – it doesn’t matter if you running RAID0, 6 or few mixed arrays.

  22. Hi Hakuren – I fail to see your point. you are saying not to get this, but to get an internal RAID setup with 16 SSD drives? if you wanted to have good storage capacity, you would need 16 512GB drives at 1000 each. thats £16,000 for 8TB. 20TB here would be around a tenth that price. There are very few businesses or home users who need SSD transfer rates for watching media or backing up files. I dont understand your point at all. Its a completely different demand you are talking about.

    This is network assisted storage, not internal RAID 0 over 16 drives. completely different audience and demand.

  23. Not to mention you can set up 10 x 2TB drives into 10 Raid 0 configurations so you can easily saturate the gigabit lan crossover point. I dont think anyone needs network assisted SSD raid 0 in a 12 or 16 drive configuration. You certainly wouldnt be looking at a business market for the majority of tasks. unless its broadcast video requirements.

  24. Would there be a performance increase using 7200rpm drives instead of 5400prpm (which you’ve used in this test) ?

  25. Has anyone tried one of the expansion units directly connected to a PC eSATA port? Would it work as a DAS?