Synology has officially announced the company’s latest four-bay NAS, the Synology DiskStation DS923+. This is a successor to the incredibly popular Synology DS920+, which was used by many for its excellent performance running Plex and other intensive apps. Let’s see how the DS923+ compares.
The previously leaked specifications for the DS923+ have turned out to be entirely accurate. This may come to the dismay to those looking for a DS920+ Plex successor as we’re talking an AMD Ryzen R1600 CPU without integrated graphics processing. Still, it may be a worthwhile purchase for others.
There’s support for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and Synology includes 4GB from the factory. There are four 3.5-inch drive bays (we’ve rounded up the best NAS drives) with the option of connecting one Synology DX517 to add a further five, bringing the total up to nine. Two M.2 slots are also available.
|Specification||Synology DiskStation DS923+|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen R1600 (dual-core, up to 3.1GHz)|
|RAM||4GB DDR4 (max: 32GB)|
|Expansion||PCI: 1x PCIe 3.0 (10Gb LAN)|
Drives: 9 (DX517 x 1)
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
|Dimensions||166 x 199 x 223mm|
The two 1Gb LAN ports may appear limiting at first, especially for a NAS in 2022, but Synology does offer an optional 10Gb card that can be installed using the single PCIe 3.0 slot. Everything is cooled by two 92mm fans, which should be more than enough to handle the drives and CPU.
The price for the new Synology DiskStation Ds923+ is $599, which may appear steep for a DS920+ replacement. The performance of the Ryzen R1600 is great but it doesn’t come close to Intel Celeron processors for decoding and encoding media, which may come in handy for Plex Media Server.
Because of this, we likely won’t include the Synology DiskStation DS923+ on our best NAS for Plex list, but we’ll have to see with our full in-depth review.
Synology DiskStation DS923+
Synology’s latest four-bay NAS is the DiskStation DS923+. It’s fast, capable, and comes with the option of installing a 10Gb LAN card.