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Performance Review Synology DS1512+

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With five drive bays are available, you can get a total capacity of up to 15-20 TB. It can still be added again. If you are struggling with a variety of storage solutions for SMEs, Synology name certainly familiar to your ears.

Yes, Synology is indeed one big manufacturer for products network attached storage (NAS), especially for SMEs and enterprise-class. This time we tested one of latest NAS Synology product for SMEs class, Synology DS1512+.

Synology DS1512+ NAS is a class of SMEs that presents a number of different interesting features. NAS is equipped with the latest processors from Intel, the Atom D2700 2.13 GHz with 1 GB of DDR3 memory. Fairly large size could manage five hard drives. So if you fill up all available disk space, you will get a total capacity of up to 15-20 TB.

On the back there are a number of additional ports. There are two ports that support gigabit LAN and six USB ports for additional external storage media. Six USB ports is divided into four USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 remaining. In addition, there are also as many as two eSATA ports.

Synology DS1512+ offers a lot of interesting features. One of them is the setting was very easy and intuitive via the control panel, called DiskStation Manager (DSM). DSM is practically a kind of Linux-based operating system that is used by Synology to control and carry out the functions of the NAS. Its function is similar to the web control panel that is generally present in other NAS. However, the interface is much more attractive and more flexible like operating systems in general.

Synology DS1512+ supports various RAID configurations, ranging from RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID6, RAID10 up. For flexibility, you can also add a NAS Synology DX510 extension up to two units so you can configure up to 15 hard drives at once. DSM architecture that closely resembles the operating system allows you to make adjustments and additions to the required application.

Synology DS1512+ using the ext4 filesystem on the entire RAID configuration. The formatting process is also going pretty fast although it remains depending on the speed and hard drive capacity. We tested the speed on a LAN that all devices supports gigabit. Classified as very fast transfer speed, can reach up to 100 MB/s or even more. For more test results, you can see table test results below.

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Synology DS1512+ can satisfy your need for a NAS solution for SMEs. Assorted its myriad features, plus a variety of additional applications that can help you. Transfer speed itself is quite satisfying and ready to handle a very large hard drive capacity. However, you have to prepare its own hard drive separately.

Test Results

Intel N ASPT
HD Video Playback 105.832 MB/s
2x HD Video Playback 109.686 MB/s
4x HD Video Playback 104.654 MB/s
HD Video Record 212.294 MB/s
HD Playback & Record 90.859 MB/s
Content Creation 14.675 MB/s
Office Productivity 45.147 MB/s
File Copy to NAS 242.245 MB/s
File Copy from NAS 101.447 MB/s
Directory Copy to NAS 29.976 MB/s
Directory Copy from NAS 27.314 MB/s
Photo Album 17.252 MB/s
Robocopy 107.048 MB/s
SiSoftware Sandra (RAID0)
Buffered Read 107.093 MB/s
Sequential Read 33.023 MB/s
Random Read 23.000 MB/s
Buffered Write 67.687 MB/s
Sequential Write 64.657 MB/s
Random Read 58.283 MB/s


hard-disk interface SATA 3Gbps
Number of hard drives 5 internal (hard drives not provided in the package, expansion up to 15 disk with an additional device)
hard-drive Dimensions 3.5″ or 2.5″
Port 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x eSATA 2 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet (LAN)
storage mode JBOD, RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID6, RAID10
weight 4.25 kg (without adapter and hard-drive)
guarantee 3 years
Website www.synology.com
Price (range*) U.S.$ 1150
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5 Harddisk
Synology DS1512+ is capable to receiving up to five harddisk that can provide a total capacity up to 15-20 TB.

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Many Port
There are four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, two eSATA, and two gigabit LAN ports for easy Data expansion.


Plus: 5 harddisk capacity, fast transfer speed, rich feature, DSM interface is attractive and easy, can be expanded up to 15 harddisk, support USB 3.0, support eSATA.

Minus: The sales package without harddisk, a high price.

Score Assessment
 - Performance: 4.25
 - Facilities: 4.5
 - Usage: 4.25
 - Price: 2.75
 - Total Score: 3.94

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