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The DS715 comes in a plain, eco-friendly box which is a tad different from the colorful box that my DS212 came in circa three years ago.

It looks like Synology is shipping all their two-bays units in the very same box but with different stickers.

Synology put a ‘Value series’ label onto it suggesting a resonable performance to price ratio. And while it isn’t cheap, it does certainly pack some decent hardware.

  • quad-core Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 1.4 GHz CPU with FPU and hardware encryption engine
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • dual 1 Gbit LAN with link aggregation and failover
  • USB 3.0

What makes you wonder is why this one falls into the ‘Value series’ category while being more powerful then the the ‘Plus series’ DS215+. Why is that?

Call me crazy, but I think this is the very same hardware that Synology had in their booth on Cebit in March this year, labeled  DS715+, the long-awaited successor to the Intel based DS713+.

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But after receiving quite a lot of negative feedback from potential customers for going ARM in the CPU department, I think  they decided to loose the ‘+’ and release the unit to the market as DS715 making room for what people are expecting which is a DS715+ sporting an x86 chip.

A worthy successor to the DS713+ or not, I figured it will be a more than a decent replacement for the DS212 and its 256 MB of RAM and 1.6 GHz single core Marvell Kirkwood CPU.

What is also worth mentioning is the support of the DX213 and the DX513 extensions units allowing for expanding storage capacity as well as implementing SSD caching. High availability is yet another feature suggesting the product was developed for business and power users.

I won’t be including any benchmarks – there will be plenty of those sooner or later. All I’ll say is that I’m very much satisfied with the DS715 and would recommend it to anyone who is in a market for a NAS solution and doesn’t need PLEX transcoding.

PS. Make sure to stop by later this week if you’re intrested in finding out how to migrate from one Synology server to another.