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Synology DiskStation DS224+ vs. DS220+: Which NAS is best?

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The Synology DiskStation DS224+ was released in 2023 to replace the aging DS220+ and brought with it a few minor upgrades. Is it worth upgrading from the DS220+? Which should you choose between the two NAS? This guide will run you through everything you need to know about the Synology DiskStation DS224+ vs. DS220+.

Synology DiskStation DS224+

Slightly better NAS

Synology DiskStation DS224+
Synology DiskStation DS224+. (Source: Synology)
  • Faster Intel processor
  • Same excellent OS
  • Still no M.2 slot
  • Still using 1GbE ports

The new Synology DiskStation DS224+ was highly anticipated due to the popularity of the DS220+ it replaces. Synology opted to renovate instead of innovate with the DS224+, upgrading the processor and keeping everything else the same. That’s not a bad thing for the most part.

Synology DiskStation DS220+

Still worth using

Synology DiskStation DS220+
Synology DiskStation DS220+. (Source: Synology)
  • Same excellent OS
  • Slower Intel processor
  • No M.2 slot
  • No 2.5GbE ports

The outgoing Synology DiskStation DS220+ is similar to its successor in all ways but one. The slower Intel CPU was replaced with one pulled from the older DS720+ and DS920+ NAS enclosures. It’s a good upgrade for the DS224+, but we’d recommend sticking to the DS220+ if you have one.

On paper, the Synology DiskStation DS224+ is the better NAS, but that’s only because it has a slightly more capable Intel Celeron processor. The company did keep the pricing identical to the outgoing Synology DiskStation DS220+, which is great news, but this doesn’t provide a clear upgrade path to those with the older NAS.

The new DS224+ has slightly better specs

Drives installed on the Synology DiskStation DS224+ tray
Drives installed on the Synology DiskStation DS224+ tray. (Source: NM)

Picking between the Synology DiskStation DS224+ vs. DS220+ is a fairly straightforward process as there’s only really one difference between the two NAS. Still, should you wish to learn more about what makes both enclosures a strong contender for the best NAS title, we’d point you to the list of specifications.

The newer DS224+ comes rocking an Intel Celeron J4125 whereas the DS220+ had an Intel Celeron J4025. This may not sound like much of an improvement, but the former is a quad-core chip, adding an additional two physical cores to handle more tasks simultaneously. Both NAS come with 2GB of DDR4 RAM installed.

Synology DiskStation DS224+Synology DiskStation DS220+
CPUIntel Celeron J4125
(4-core, 2.7 GHz burst)
Intel Celeron J4025
(2-core, 2.9 GHz burst)
RAM2 GB DDR4 (max 6 GB)2 GB DDR4 (max 6 GB)
Drive bays2 SSD/HDD2 SSD/HDD
Capacity40TB40TB
Expansion support
Cooling1x 92 mm fan1x 92 mm fan
Ports2x 1 GbE
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x eSATA
2x 1 GbE
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x eSATA
Power draw~14.69 W~14.69 W
Dimensions165 x 108 x 232.2 mm165 x 108 x 232.2 mm
Weight1.3 kg1.3 kg
Price$300$300

One area we were disappointed with in our Synology DiskStation DS224+ review was the lack of any M.2 slots and the use of two 1GbE ports. TerraMaster is capable of adding both to its F2-223 NAS, which costs slightly less than both the DS220+ and DS224+. We do understand that this would encroach on the DS723+.

The lack of M.2 and 2.5GbE networking doesn’t sour the deal too much, however, and the DS220+ and DS224+ are two great compact NAS. Whether you’re looking for a centralized location to store files and backups or create your own streaming platform with Plex Media Server, the DS224+ is a solid pick.

Stick with the DS220+ if you already own one

Synology DiskStation DS220+
Synology DiskStation DS220+. (Source: NAS Master)

The Synology DiskStation DS220+ is similar to the DS224+ in all ways aside from the processor, making this a short guide. Both NAS will happily run the latest version of DiskStation Manager without a fuss. The same collection of apps can be run on either enclosure and you’ll see similar results, though the additional two physical cores inside the DS224+ will make a positive difference.

Should you already own a Synology DiskStation DS220+, we’d recommend sticking with it until two drive bays aren’t enough for your data needs or it reaches end-of-life support from Synology. By that time, we may have the successor to the DS224+ with better specifications. If you’re buying your first NAS or one to store some files and maybe stream media, the DS224+ is a good shout.

Synology DiskStation DS224+

Synology DiskStation DS224+
Synology DiskStation DS224+. (Source: Synology)

The Synology DiskStation DS224+ is a compelling purchase for those looking for a new NAS. It has a solid CPU, and a great OS, and makes for an excellent first enclosure.

Synology DiskStation DS220+

Synology DiskStation DS220+
Synology DiskStation DS220+. (Source: Synology)

Synology’s DiskStation DS220+ was beloved by many thanks to the value on offer. The Intel CPU easily handled media transcoding, making the DS220+ the NAS to buy.

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