Synology DS413 and DS413j
Posted on: 10/31/2012 03:04 AM
Today we have the new Synology DS413 and DS413j on the test bed, which are the first 4-bay models to be released in the x13 series. These new models do away with the Intel Atom processors used by the previous generation 4-bay models and instead use Freescale and Marvell solutions...
Just two months ago now Synology began rolling out their latest DSx13 series of NAS servers when they unveiled the DS213+ ($430) on August 24th and then a few days later the DS213 ($320). Both are feature-rich 2-bay NAS servers that support the latest Synology DiskStation Manager software.
The more expensive DS213+ model boasts a 1067MHz dual-core Freescale processor with 512MB of memory using a 64-bit wide bus. The cheaper DS213 uses a higher clocked 2.0GHz processor, though it only features a single-core and supports just a 16-bit wide memory bus, though it is loaded with 512MB of memory.
While both these new 2-bay NAS servers are quite powerful, they are limited to just two hard drives and do not support expansion devices such as the DX213 for example. Although new 4TB internal 3.5Ē hard drives from Western Digital and Hitachi mean it is possible for smaller 2-bay devices to support up to 8TBís of storage, itís not the most cost effective solution at around $300 - $400 per drive given 3TB drives can be had for as little as $130.
This is where the DS413 and DS413j come in, as each supports up to four hard drives. Both of these new models were released in September and they are essentially 4-bay versions of the smaller DS213+ and DS213. The DS413 is armed with the same 1067MHz dual-core processor as the DS213+ while the DS413j borrows the single-core Marvell processor from the DS213, though this time it is clocked at just 1.6GHz.
With a price tag of $530 the DS413 will be competing with the QNAP TS-419PII and Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4. The DS413j on the other hand is much cheaper at $430 and at this price it faces very little competition, with the closest devices being the D-Link DNS-343 at $400 and the Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ v2 4-bay. That being said, letís check out these new 4-bay Synology NAS servers in greater detail...
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