Synology DS207+ NAS Server

A Closer Look continued

A Closer Look continued
 
The Synology DS207+ incorporates a surprisingly feature-rich and well laid out motherboard. Once again, the two images below illustrate how the 60mm fan cools both sides of the motherboard.
 
Synology motherboard Motherboard vertical
 
The DS207+ features solid capacitors over the entire motherboard, with not so much as one electrolytic capacitor to be seen. The CPU used is a Marvell 88F5BF01 C500 500Mhz SoC (System on a Chip) processor, and does not require a heatsink (below).
 
Solid capacitors CPU
 
The DS207+ features a Marvell 88SX7042 Serial ATA Controller chip. It provides a dedicated channel for each SATA port, supports hot-plug SATA drives and is compliant with both SATA 1.0 and SATA II, including Native Command Queuing (NCQ). The Marvell 88SX7042 controller chip supports SATA PM, direct SATA connections and Spread Spectrum Clocking (SSC).
 
The DS207+ also comes equipped with a Spansion S29AL032D90TF103 4MB Flash RAM chip.
 
Ethernet chip bla bla
 
Rounding off our little tour of the DS207+ motherboard, we arrive at the two 64MB Hynix HY5DU121622DTP-D43 IC's which equates to 128MB of onboard RAM.
  
Onboard RAM
 
Let's head over the page to see how easy the Synology DS207+ is to install.
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12-10-2008, 06:20:27

PV5150
Looking to take the leap towards Network Address Storage (NAS)? Synology' DS207+ NAS has everything that you'll need for a SOHO NAS solution.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...073839552s.jpg

But don't take our word for it - check out the review

12-10-2008, 07:42:32

Rastalovich
Great review. These units are excellent pieces of kit.

Unfortunately for me they're still priced as if they're being targeted at businesses - what's more, IT people within businesses. Gloss or repack them anyway they like, 230 without any thrown in drivespace is alarming. And if they're looking to really target the average home buyer, they will have to have some sort of drive in them. Yes they're basic to put together - but that is scary to most who dont dabble inside pcs on a regular basis.

And heres the thing - if u do dabble inside pcs, u wouldnt pay 230 for one of these for 2 drive storage when u have an old pc.

Good tech. Throw in merely 2x500g drives for the price and it'd be a good purchase.

12-10-2008, 07:49:48

PV5150
Thanks Rast, and yes I wholeheartedly agree with everything that you've just said. As if the cost of the NAS itself isn't enough, then to factor in the cost of one or two fast HDD's into the equation - you're up for some serious coin.

12-10-2008, 14:02:35

JN
Really good review mate. Enjoyable read.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.

13-10-2008, 07:54:00

PV5150
Thanks Jim I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.



I'm sure you could and the results would be worth the extra effort too.

13-10-2008, 08:23:40

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Really good review mate. Enjoyable read.

I too winced a bit at the price. Its been a while since I last built a "really" budget PC, but I wonder if you could build a small PC with a pair of 300-500GB hard disks for the same price-ish. Just slap a linux distro on it and you'd have yourself something very similar.
And the thing about it being, u can add masses of drives to that pc, perhaps virus check ur stuff automagically at night, have it handle ur printer and a whole world of other things - including folding

13-10-2008, 08:52:08

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
And the thing about it being, u can add masses of drives to that pc, perhaps virus check ur stuff automagically at night, have it handle ur printer and a whole world of other things - including folding
Very true. Almost makes me wanna build a wireless NAS and have it tucked away in a cupboard somewhere with a wireless N card installed.

Just a shame I don't have the time to fiddle, which I guess makes the PnP nature of the Synolgy appealing.
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