What you need to know
- The DiskStation DS1621+ is the latest addition to Synology's enthusiast series, and it is now on pre-order for $799.
- The six-bay NAS is powered by a quad-core AMD Ryzen chip that delivers 2x better performance over Intel designs.
- The DS1621+ holds up to 96TB of storage, has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and three USB 3.0 ports.
Synology has a wide variety of NAS enclosures at various price points, with the likes of the DiskStation DS220j available for just $170. The DiskStation DS1621+ NAS enclosure, however, is squarely aimed at enthusiasts, and is the most powerful NAS Synology has introduced in the Plus series to date.
The six-bay DiskStation DS1621+ is now up for pre-order for $799, and will be going on sale starting November 2. There are a lot of standout features on the NAS enclosure, but the key highlight is that it is powered by an AMD Ryzen V1500B CPU, with Synology touting a 2x increase over similar Intel-powered designs. So let's see what the DiskStation DS1621+ has to offer, and why you should be excited if you're in the market for a high-end NAS enclosure in 2020.
Synology DiskStation DS1621+ NAS specs
|Category||Synology DiskStation DS1621+|
|Internal drive bays||Six (maximum 16TB each bay)|
M.2 2280 NVMe SSD
96TB of total storage
Two NVMe slots
Two eSATA ports
|Network interface||4 x Gigabit Ethernet|
|USB ports||3 x USB 3.0|
|CPU||Quad-core 2.2GHz AMD Ryzen V1500B|
64-bit Zen architecture
|PCIe||Gen3 x8 interface|
|Plex 4K transcode||Yes|
Two SO-DIMM slots
Upgradeable to 32GB
|File system||Btrfs, EXT4|
|Cooling||2 x 92mm fan|
|Power Utilization||51.22W (Access)|
25.27W (HDD Hibernation)
|Dimensions||166 mm x 282 mm x 243 mm|
With six drive bays that can each hold 16TB of storage, the DiskStation DS1621+ can accommodate up to a total of 96TB of storage. It has two eSATA ports, allowing you to extend storage considerably — you can add two DX517 expansion bays to the NAS and get two additional drives, giving you the ability to add up to 160TB of extra storage.
The DS1621+ also has two M.2 slots for SSD caching, and you get four Gigabit Ethernet ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and a PCIe slot for adding a 10Gigabit network card. The NAS comes with 4GB of DDR4 RAM installed out of the box and has two DIMM slots, but you can install up to 16GB of memory in each slot, taking total RAM to 32GB.
The Zen-based AMD Ryzen V1500B CPU delivers 2x better performance over the Intel Atom C3538 that was used in the $750 DS1618+ NAS enclosure and the 8-bay DS1819+ that retails for $939, making the DS1621+ an even better choice.
If you're in the market for a new high-end NAS enclosure, the DS1621+ just became the default option.
Synology DiskStation DS1621+
The DiskStation DS1621+ has just about everything you're looking for in a high-end NAS enclosure. It has a powerful AMD Ryzen chip, and the six-bay NAS can hold up to a total of 96TB of storage. You get four Gigabit Ethernet ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and the ability to add up to ten additional drives.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.