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successor vs Intel i3 CPU
release date of the current model has been in 5/2018, then I’m little bit skeptical about new successor early in this year, but ... Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.
re: current Intel Atom C3538 (server range) vs what i3 (desktop) family?
This question don’t have a rational background. Why:
- when Syno will use i3 CPU range (it will be first time in history), they will provide just one advantage vs Atom (server) range .... set of unusable instructions for NAS in i3 range
- when they will use the i3 it will be smaller part of Coffee Lake S range (8th gen),because it’s too early for Syno use last 9th gen or new one 10th gen of i3(2020), as we know from past or from Syno R&D behaviour
- definitely there is no sense significant difference between low end i3 and high end Atom (server) range for your requirements (mentioned above). Yeap, except clock speed, that isn’t utilised in such scenario (above)
Then you have just two choices:
- wait for an unknown period (months, year/s) for a new successor of DS1618+
- or purchase this one.
Music streaming isn’t heavy business for the Atom server CPU range. OFC for a family usage, up to 20 concurrent users (include mentioned services above).