Synology DS710+ 2-bay All-in-1 NAS Server
Stripping down the DS710+ was only a little fiddly with quite a few screws holding the main PCB and various riser cards in place. But man was it worth it. The PCB is essentially a small motherboard which I guess is unsurprising considering that Synology have used a fully fledged Intel Atom CPU for the task. The quality feels extremely high with nothing but solid state capacitors and chokes being used throughout.
Going in for a closer look we can see that a Bothhand 24HSS1041A-2 IC has been used to provide the DS710+ with its 1000 BASE-T full duplex ethernet connection. Sitting in close proximity is a ITE IT8720F super I/O controller responsible for monitoring items such as CPU & System temperature along with controlling the fan speed of the unit.
The DS710+ firmware and Synology Disk Station software is installed on a 1GB Samsung SLC NAND flash chip attached to one of the internal USB headers. This essentially acts as a bootable USB stick loaded with a stripped down Linux based operating system that the BIOS is instructed to boot from at power-on. Also attached to the board is a mini-USB connector which suggests the memory can probably be flashed even when the NAS box is unable to boot.
Providing the grunt of the entire system is an Intel Atom 1.67Ghz CPU coupled with a 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SODIMM. This is comparable specifications to that of a netbook and is certainly not to be sniffed at on a device configured to perform just one task. Should you want to increase the available memory of the DS710+, a similar specification memory module designed for a notebook should work fine in the unit. However, Synology are quick to point out that if you want guaranteed compatibility and stability, then you should use one of the approved 1GB or 2GB memory modules available for purchase on their website.
Last but not least, cooling is provided by a Y.S Tech 80mm fan with 40.4CFM airflow and 35.5dBA noise output. The fan is installed at the front of the unit and blows air through to the back. But what's quite worrying is that there are no ventilation holes in the 710+'s front fascia, and only a small grill underneath the chassis. This could potentially starve the fans intake making it more noisy and less efficient.
Now that we've drooled over the hardware it's time to fire it up and see what the software has in store for us...