Synology's 2-bay NAS units have consistently performed well in our tests. Today, the latest additions to the 2-bay lineup have been launched in the form of the DS213 and DS213+. The DS213+ also marks the reappearance of Freescale's PowerPC based NAS processors in the Synology 2-bay units.

Synology used to differentiate the regular (DS211 / DS212) and performance models (DS211+ / DS212+) by using 512 MB of DRAM in the latter (compared to the 256 MB in the regular models). In the 2013 models, however, both units have 512 MB of DRAM. Physically, both models have a USB 2.0 and a SD card slot in front, and 2 USB 3.0 ports in the rear. The DS213+ model has an eSATA port in order to enable attachment of additional storage devices.

The DS213+ is based on the Freescale P1022, which runs at 1.067 GHz. In addition to having two e500 cores (each of which is a dual dispatch superscalar processor with out of order issue and execution), we also have double precision vector floating point units which should greatly help accelerate any DLNA apps running in the system.

Freescale P1022

Rounding up the SoC side of things are the two SATA ports, two GbE ports (of which only is used in the DS213+) and some PCI-E ports (connected to USB 3.0 and eSATA bridges in the DS213+).

The DS213 is based on the tried and tested Marvell Kirkwood mv6282 SoC. Both SoCs have hardware encryption support and a dedicated hardware XOR engine for accelerating RAID operations.

Despite being targeted towards home users and prosumers, the Diskstation Manager OS also has plenty of small business features including ACL support for granular, file-level control, ADS support up to 100,000 users and groups and an antivirus package.

The DS213 and DS213+ both come with a single 92mm fan, and the noise level at full speed is rated to be 19.9 dB(A). The DS213's power consumption is rated at 8.3W when the disks are idle and at 18.5W when the disks are being accessed. For the DS213+, these numbers shoot up to 10.1W and 22.2W. Under RAID-1, the DS213 is rated for 108.23 MBps reads and 65.41 MBps writes while the DS213+ is rated for 110.36 MBps reads and 84.31 MBps writes. Synology indicated that the reported numbers were obtained using two Seagate Barracuda LP ST31000520AS 1TB 5900 RPM drives.

Both models are available for ordering in the North American market starting today, with the DS213 at $299 and DS213+ at $369.

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  • Pandamonium - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - link

    I think that most of us buy a NAS because we don't want to deal with configuring a file server for DLNA streaming, etc. We'd rather have an appliance that's compact, quiet, stable, and nearly ready to go out of the box.

    So while hardware bumps are appreciated, software can be equally if not more important. Is there a new DSM around the corner?

    I thought the Linux kernel 3 or something includes support for btrfs, and that Synology's DSM is based on Linux kernel 3. I could be totally wrong though. But if I'm not, the introduction of a checksummed filesystem would be the biggest news to me.
  • Ikefu - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - link

    Making dual core NAS more accessible is a very nice benefit actually since I also use mine as a Web/FTP server in addition to my file vault/media server.

    What I really want to see is the 413 and 413+ though. The new power saving tech they talked about for those 4 bay models will be a nice benefit. Did they include that in the 213s as well?
  • mactenchi - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - link

    Any news about a DS213j model?
  • Spiderman3 - Thursday, December 13, 2012 - link

    What would be the marketing angle...or point of a DS212J?
  • douglaswilliams - Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - link

    Do these things have an option to turn off the disks after x minutes of inactivity? Maybe that is a standard feature of a NAS?
  • xxsk8er101xx - Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - link

    Yes it does. It even has a timer to turn off plugged in hard drives as well.

    "Do these things have an option to turn off the disks after x minutes of inactivity? Maybe that is a standard feature of a NAS?"
  • os2buddy - Sunday, September 2, 2012 - link

    It would appear that the DS213 specs is very similar to the "older" DS212+ ......
  • ganeshts - Monday, September 17, 2012 - link

    Would make sense, right? Bringing the features of the + version at a non-+ price point..
  • abye - Monday, April 22, 2013 - link

    Has anyone evaluated security on this NAS or experienced a security issue? I'd like to know what issues they've had and what was done/can be done to overcome the risk!

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