Synology announced the launch of the all-new DiskStation DS423, a four-bay NAS with an ARM processor, a decent amount of DDR4 RAM, and two 1GbE connections. If you’re on the hunt for a more affordable Synology NAS with a little more capacity support than the DS220j, this may be the NAS for you.
While the Realtek RTD1619B won’t win any awards, nor will it be found in the best NAS available, it has four cores and a clock speed of up to 1.7GHz. This is more than enough for a NAS to handle simultaneous connections from multiple clients. The 2GB of DDR4 RAM may not sound like much, but again it’s perfect for its design.
|Specification||Synology DiskStation DS423|
(4-core, 1.7 GHz)
|RAM||2 GB DDR4|
(max 2 GB)
|Cooling||2x 80 mm|
|Ports||2x 1 GbE|
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
|Dimensions||184 mm x 168 mm x 230 mm|
The four drive bays will allow for a maximum capacity of 72TB when using the best NAS drives though actual storage space will differ depending on the RAID type selected. We always recommend using RAID as well as a healthy backup process to ensure copies of valuable data are stored remotely.
The two 1GbE connections can be linked for better throughput, which should come in use with busier households and offices. Costing just $370, it’s a good price for a four-bay server with an impressive DiskStation operating system and access to Synology’s cloud infrastructure. It’s available now from participating retailers.
Synology DiskStation DS423
Coming in slightly behind the impressive Synology DiskStation DS423+, this lesser powerful enclosure is great for those who simply require somewhere to dump a load of files.