RAID 5 Encrypted Performance Tests
We ran our tests with a RAID 5 using a folder encryption configuration, and most users would use this with a 4x HDD configuration. Using a single or several folders for encryption needs free’s other folders such as Movies where encryption is not useful and may impact playback performance.
Our encrypted benchmarks of the Synology DS920+ 4-Bay 1GbE NAS show again that it’s up to the task of encryption use. Most of our test samples handle encryption well, except for older units that struggle with encryption cases.
The Synology DS920+ 4-Bay 1GbE NAS should again be one of Synology’s top sellers with the new release and upgraded DS920+. The 4-Bay DS+ series from Synology has shown to be reliable workhorses and perform very well over the years. It clearly outperforms units like the QNAP TS-453A and some others, and here an upgrade would make sense. The DS916+ and DS918+ still perform well. Upgrading may make sense if these units saw heavy use over the years but otherwise, there is not a lot to be gained from the new unit. Unless you felt the need to replace to cycle in newer hardware, it is fairly difficult to make the case to swap to the DS920+. At the same time, it is hard to argue with the small upgrade as the Celeron J4125 is a better SoC.
One thing we would have liked to see on the DS920+ is 2.5GbE networking, many new systems and motherboards are including this, and we see no reason why the DS920+ should not have it given pricing. Some of the 2.5GbE NIC vendors are selling ICs for about the price of a candy bar in California. With that market knowledge, we think this was a big miss saving nickles to offer only 40% of the networking speed.
Many users search specifically for 4-bay 1GbE NAS units. In this space, the user-friendliness of Synology DSM and the tools that surround it are first rate. While we may have wanted a few hardware tweaks, Synology’s main strength is in providing class-leading software.
Overall, this is a unit that worked well and that many users will be happy with it if they simply want a 4-bay 1GbE NAS. We may have pointed out a few changes, but realistically, Synology is iterating on a successful formula in this space where it is extremely popular. If we take a step back, it is easy to see why the Synology DS920+ will be a winner in this segment. A big part of that is simply due to the software and partner ecosystem that Synology has invested in and that its customers rely upon.