When I hear the word value Im thinking, quick, save no thrills, Im thinking, smart price Im thinking, smart Shopper asked Im talking all of that and when it comes to Nas, the difference between value and cheap is just as appropriate and again Im going. To paraphrase the Dave Gorman joke here, but I have mentioned it before because it is really really important lets, say: youre looking at going abroad, youre thinking about going from the UK over to the US or maybe the way back, and you look at the prices now. The difference between value and cheap is that flight is going to cost you 50 pounds. A lot of people are thinking, wow, thats, excellent value. I must book that if their flight is one knicker that is too cheap and theres every possibility that plane aint even leaving the ground Music, hello, and that is right. Finally, finally, finally, finally Synology has started releasing a new value Series, so those who have been following Synology for the last uh five years will know that they have had a very competent value series range for a while the ds118, the ds218, the ds418, the DS4 220 J, the ds220j, all of them utilizing the same CPU, the Realtek RTD 1296 processor there with varying memory and different populated values there, and this started way way way back in 2018. Even a pinch before that, we first heard about a lot of users have been sitting there, clock watching wondering when that Hardware architecture was going to see an upgrade.

And finally, we have got the ds2232 talk about. Arguably, not tremendous upheaval in most regards its a couple of very small differences over its refresher 2008 18 release, ds218 plus, and today we are going to delve down into those specifications of what weve learned about this new Nas, which is coming by the looks of things Within January 2023, the Synology have really done a good job, sneaking this out the door without anyone, including myself, clocking it now straight off the bat. This is not the ds223. This is the 220 plus, but it utilizes the exact same chassis and its near enough identical for the purposes. It looks like this. Its got the same ports and connections for the most part, so, throughout this video Im going to be using this to show off that chassis design, but its worth highlighting. This is not the physical unit and I will be having a physical unit, hopefully very, very soon, where I can do the full review the testing. So let me know in the comments, if theres specific things you want tested on the ds223 plus when it arrives, to see if its suitable for you and your data, but lets talk a little bit about it. So, first and foremost, this is a two by value series. Now its got two starter ports there that can be populated with hard drives and ssds and yes well talk about compatibility later in the video or it might already be on the timeline for you to skip ahead to now.

This now cannot be expanded. It does not support the dh517 expansion; it doesnt have any sound support there. It is one gigabit Ethernet, which are a number of you going to be for Gods sake. I want to throw something away, but at the value tier that cost effective, tier and Synology, and the priority towards DSM Im going to cut them from slack on this, I didnt expect this device to be greater than gigabit. To be frank, very few Nas Brands include greater than gigabit on their proper value bottom of the Run entry point tier there, its not going to be too harsh on them its only the one port, and on top of that the device does have USB port, and It has three USB ports there, two on the back, one on the front, all of them USB 3.2 gen one. So again. Normally, I would rag a brand for not having a newer generation USB ports on it, but theres three of them on this value, its a value series and its got three USB 3 ports on there. So again, when it comes to connecting uh backup drives when it comes to connecting different, although not a great deal number of supported peripherals, these I Im Im happy with that. I think that this entry point into someone doing the DSM platform. This is pretty reasonable to me: Im not going to give them too much dick for that um. On top of that, there isnt any M2 nvme slots on the base again, not gon na rank them for that.

The value Series has never had that on board. Very few brands have, and although at the moment it may seem like again quite easy on it for having relatively Low End Hardware, I think thats pretty reasonable for the value series um. One thing I will talk about is the CPU. That is the big question. If we have been talking about an emerging uh CPU that weve seen appearing on different knowledge bases on Synology uh, the Realtek rtd1619b, I can confirm that is the CPU inside the value series device there. It is a quad core, um rv8 processor there that quad core is 1.7 gigahertz per core. It does support 4K playback, although it does not have a meaningful transcoding on board. What do I mean by meaningful? Well, this can transcode 4K, but it can only do it. Natively – and it can only utilize h.264 there predominantly if you try to uh, try to code hebc or i2.265, its not impossible, but the amount of CPU resources there on board is going to make it incredibly um inefficient overall. But the key word with that processor. Of course is the word efficient, because the value series is always utilized efficient CPUs. This is a 64 bit arm which opens the door quite significantly to a lot of defeated and surfaces. It runs more than Id say about 80 85 percent of dsms applications there. You will be able to install Plex Media Server. You will be able to run the collaboration Suite from Synology.

You will be able to take advantage of hyper backup and a number of other services. However, the more aggressive uh CPU process applications uh things like higher end surveillance or other AI stuff. Forget it. You can run surveillance station. There are two camera licenses and you will be able to run a handful of cameras. I reckon somewhere in the ballpark up between 10 and 20, although theyll probably sit on the official seats between 12 and 15 on the official sheets there, but virtual machines. Forget it thats not going to happen on this machine that rbase processor, the weight arm. Cpus work is unlike traditional CPUs like Intel, amds, 8×86 processors instructions are being handed to the CPU, which are then being actioned across the you know, spectrum of the whole system with arm processors. The idea is, the instructions are compressed in length and complexity. So therefore, the CPU can perform these tasks with lower um clock, utilize or power utilization being used to action them, but there are just some processes that cant be compressed down without the CPU just scratch units had been falling over. That is the point of arm thats. Why you find arm processes predominantly in mobile devices, low powered devices stuff like that and again. Hence that word value. Once again, I must have said it well Im sure the script will tell me from YouTube there, some more than 30 times by now. However, a number of you are also going to wonder how much of a meaningful upgrade is that CPU over that RTD 1296 that weve already talked about in the previous generation of value series.

Well in general, CPU family spectacles, thats, not a tremendous upgrade. The CPU has benefited from several years of further development by real Tech into this processor, thereby making the average process significantly more efficient, Ergo, utilizing less power to action comparative tasks, and on top of that, the CPU having a higher clock speed at 1.7 gigahertz over the 1.4 gigahertz of its predecessor in the RTD 1296, the 1619b in the newer generation device. Having that extra amount of power and being more efficient, average tasks means that difference of around 300 megahertz of power is actually going to be a lot more significant, because youve got more power to play with and its going to use less power per task, meaning more Active simultaneous use more active users at any given time and, ultimately, more processes you can run, but its also worth highlighting. Of course, this is running on DSM 7.1 much like the value tiers. We which arrived on the scene originally with dsm 6 and 6.1 and 6.2 and then were gradually upgraded towards 77.1 and 7.2 in the future. This device is arriving with 7.1 straight off the bat. Therefore, you are running um a little bit more uh Power. Hungry version of DSM anyway, so I think ultimately in terms of comparative CPU, its all going to even out pretty much in the end, although I will highlight that the onboard dpu with this CPU and again with arm it doesnt work the same as integrated Graphics.

Its still a little bit higher in its power versus that of its predecessor, so you are going to see an improvement in graphical management as well now in terms of memory. Unsurprisingly, the value series here is going to this value. Series device is going to arrive for two gig of memory, just like its predecessor, which cannot be upgraded its ddr4, but it is not ECC error, correcting code, its standard class memory, the inability to upgrade the memory is less of an annoyance. Although it is a little bit of an annoyance at this tier once again, this comes down to those efficient components and having boards with the CPU and a memory and everything soldered chip based to the board. You find that more on more efficient Scout systems like this and its only when um, we see fixed memory at you know 512 or one gig of memory that I get a bit. You know annoyed, given the DSM can be a little bit hunger on the old memory and cache, but at 2 gig Im not going to give it too much to kick around on there and ultimately, as I refresh in terms of Hardware, its not a huge jump Up but at least theyve taken, the trouble to you know readdress that solution and that CPU, which sometimes CPU upgrades, are more necessitated by the CPU manufacturer, no longer supporting a given chip and moving over to a new one than it is the brands themselves, but still, Nonetheless, its great to see an upgrade to this product family there now I said Id touch on it, compatibility because I think it would be safe to say and fair to say that in 2022, Synology took quite a bold position.

Bold, you can read into that word. What you want um a bold position in terms of compatibility with third party Hardware on their platforms, prioritizing their own hard drives in ssds in a number of places, as well as prioritizing a lot of services that were accessible. If you were using third party storage. Media. Same goes for pcie upgrades as well, but thats not really relevant here, Im pleased to say that um, hard drive and SSD compatibility on the ds223 is going to be pretty much all Broad and lovely and open weve seen Iron Wolf on there, weve seen uh WD On there, its all fine, the only real contentious issue. To my mind, is I hate cigars, um. The only contentious issue really is the fact that, on their compatibility listings, theyre only listing support of up to 18 TB drives on this and thats, really only because their own range of hard drives only goes up to 18 TB, but Im positive beyond measure that this Will support 20tb and 22 TB from Seagate and WD respectively there so compatibility not too much of a concern, but what about the old buns Ive been saying value about a billion times in this whats going to be the guarant rate whats the cost of this device? Well, Synology has a tendency to kind of keep and maintain those price points throughout their family throughout the entire ranges generally, because one refreshes up into different times, but also because they have certain targets and certain boundaries within each tier that they like to maintain.

So almost certainly this device is going to arrive on the scene. Remember these do not include your local tax shipping and more probably around the 260 to 70 Mark in terms of dollars in terms of pounds youre. Looking at about 250, you know somewhere about that and in terms of Euros theyre, the greater part of Europe, its going to be something like 270 euros there. But again, these are all estimates. They do not include your local tax there and, of course, your extra little bit of percentage profit margin there for some retailers. So once again in terms of availability, I reckon this is going to be real soon. If you havent already seen an official press release from Synology by the time youre hearing this, then almost certainly, I think this is going to land within the next few weeks. Definitely within January 2023 there – and ultimately, this is going to be the Kickstart towards more value series devices. Synology always does this. It does one or two value series devices and then fleshes out the whole portfolio. So there will be almost certainly a one by the ds123 theyll, probably be the four by the ds43 and J series devices as well. I feel – and this is based I say, feel on information Ive communicated um. I had communication from with some Synology people and third parties that the uh play series tier is sort of going away. There is more on that that Im hearing, but without verification of what Ive heard thus far, I cant Im not really going to talk about it here, but nonetheless well.

This is what the new value series here is going to be with that new Realtek processor. What do you guys think remember, keep things in context, think about value, think about what youre getting for your money and remember Synology when they flog these devices to you. The price tags are almost always 60, 40, sometimes even 70 30 software over Hardware. They consider DSM the worth the price of admission. At least the first analogy is concerned, so do bear that in mind when youre thinking about the good and the bad of this device, because I really want to hear what you guys think head into the comments. Let me know what you take on board and you think about this device. Is it a good upgrade? Is it a bad upgrade? Is it worth your money, or is this just going to convince you to go straight to the plus tier overall? There should be a full breakdown in news article linked below over up now, as Compares as well as information and links to other resources on this device and other 2023, and indeed a little bit of information on 2024 uh technology, nows releases linked below. Let me know what you guys think other than that click like if youve enjoyed the video subscribe. If you want to learn more as we talk about the value series and in the next week or so dig a little deeper into that CPU now we know more about it.

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