Synology Disk Station DS210j

Feb 24th, 2010 | By Simon

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The primary difference between a high performance NAS like the DS209+II and the DS210j is what is under the hood. Just like how you can turn the shell of a Honda Civic to look like a Nissan Skyline, the engine still isn’t the same. The DS210j uses a budget-friendly Marvell 88F6-B1A2 (Kirkwood) processor. It has a clock speed of 800MHz which is significantly less than the Freescale mpc8533 PPC Processor found in the 209+II. While this means the performance will be slower, the impact to the target audience will be barely noticeable. The Kirkwood still provides ample processing capacity in managing RAID performance and has the added benefit of consuming less power. Another notable feature that helps reduce cost at the price of performance is the 128MB memory. The smaller amount of memory will cause a small hit on RAID 1 performance and network performance when multiple applications are drawing on the DS210j. Again, to the enterprise world this would have a significant impact, but for home or SoHo users, one should not be afraid of the 128MB limit.

Here are the rest of the hardware and software specifications:

Synology DS210j

Here are the features:

Synology DS210j

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  1. Quote : “Intel 1.066 Atom processor found in the 209+II”
    Wrong, DS209+II has Freecsale mpc8533 PPC Processor, only DS710+ and DS1010+ have Intel Atom procs.

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  2. Gigi Marga wrote:

    Quote : “Intel 1.066 Atom processor found in the 209+II”
    Wrong, DS209+II has Freecsale mpc8533 PPC Processor, only DS710+ and DS1010+ have Intel Atom procs.

    Corrected in the review.

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