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I do not own any Synology products at this time. I do have my eye on the DS920+. I currently have a TVS-671-i5. In 5 years, I've had ZERO issues with it. It has 6 4TB WD Red drives in RAID 10 (I'm not here to discuss RAID and I'm not changing it, I did my testing). I use the NAS for Plex, backups, file server and whatever I want to play with next (VMs mostly).

Am I happy with QNAP hardware? You bet!! đź‘Ť Am I happy with QNAP? Not so much. đź‘Ž

I'm nearly out of space and I need a backup. So, I am upgrading my 6 4TB drives to 8TB and I'll use the 4TB (at least for now) for backup. I looked at a TR-004 (USB expansion, $199) but that really doesn't seem right. I thought I could get a 4-bay NAS for an extra $200-$300. My only real requirements are dual 1Gbe and an acceptable CPU. QNAP has a couple of really good choices (TS-451+ and TS-453be) . I decided to check Synology options. The DS420+ and DS920+ are good options. The DS920+ is better value for sure. It's an overkill for a backup NAS, but it might be a good way to get acquainted with Synology. It looks like it might be a good Plex server if need be.

Out of curiosity, I shopped for a replacement for my TVS-671 (this NAS rocks BTW) and come up with TVS-672N (Monster). I found NO Synology equivalent. Am I missing something? And what's the deal with the M.2 slots, are they cache only? What good is cache with a 1 or 2Gbe connection? VM? On a slow CPU and limited memory? I don't get it. On QNAP, I can load my apps on nvme ssds, create a raid 1/0 volume, use it as cache or tiered storage.

I tell myself they are two different schools of thought and that is fine. However, that leads me to Synology is WAY overpriced. Synology is missing out when it comes to users that want higher end equipment and flexibility. (Soldered memory chips?, really?) I looked for 5Gbe or 10Gbe and found an 8-bay with a chip suitable for a can opener (great file server for an office).

I might buy a Synology because I like to learn and they deserve a look. While I believe the DS420+ would do the trick,it seems like the DS920+ is a much better value. However, I'm on the fence. If Synology made (apparently they don't) an acceptable replacement for my current NAS, it would probably cost $3000 or more, so why bother at all with Synology? Synology can't even replace my 5 year old NAS, that's just sad.

If anyone has valuable feedback, it would be welcome. I really would like to ditch QNAP.
 
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The DS920+ is better value for sure. It's an overkill for a backup NAS, but it might be a good way to get acquainted with Synology.
Yes it is overkill. For backup you would be better served with a j-series. A plus-series should be your primary NAS.
 
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Hi,

I agree that a plus series is an overkill for backup. However, for you coming from such a fast NAS (as you describe it), a j series will be a death sentence :)

I have one and it’s really slow (I use it for backup). If you have the budget and you’re going to (try to) use it for more than backup then maybe a value series is a good starting point or the single bay 118 (I have it and I really like it). Just understand the limitations. VM, Docker, transcoding, etc…

You might try that until you decide to move over to this side. I believe you will :)
 

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Recommend you stay on qnap. Horsepower is more important to you in the long run and with Syno you will lock yourself in an underpowered, more expensive device that will in the end be a disappointment. Maybe best to look past your qnap problems (software side) and go with it. If you wanna try Syno a used unit might be a bit less disappointing option.
 
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Recommend you stay on qnap. Horsepower is more important to you in the long run and with Syno you will lock yourself in an underpowered, more expensive device that will in the end be a disappointment. Maybe best to look past your qnap problems (software side) and go with it. If you wanna try Syno a used unit might be a bit less disappointing option.

Thanks for the response. It is appreciated. Hopefully my current NAS (not sure why we still call them NAS) last another 5 years.

I may still purchase a DS920+ just for the knowledge gained. It will just be an overpowered NAS for backup (that I can play with). Rumor has it, Synology can run Ubiquiti (Docker) UNMS and if that's the case, I might not be disappointed. I'm a retired network engineer, so it's in the blood. Horsepower is addicting (and so is flexibility). I built a water cooled PC with a 5960x and duel 980TIs 4 or 5 years ago, so I might consider building my own NAS when the time comes.

I have heard good things about Synology DSM, it's a shame they don't add a new 'series'.

Again, thanks for the responses (Telos and WST16).
 

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