Synology Launch The DiskStation DS1618+, Their Fastest Ever Plus-Series NAS

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅17.05.2018 08:43:17


Milton Keynes, United Kingdom — 17th May 2018 — Synology® Inc. today launched DiskStation DS1618+, a 6-bay NAS featuring the Intel Atom® C3538. For tech enthusiasts and small to medium sized businesses, DS1618+ is the perfect all-in-one solution for file serving, application hosting, data backup, and real-time collaboration — all aided by its exceptional performance.

DS1618+ is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom® processor C3538 and 4GB DDR4 non-ECC SODIMM, expandable up to 32 GB in ECC SODIMMs. The storage capacity can be upgraded to 192TB when connected to two DX517 expansion units, providing fast-growing companies a data storage solution that scales with their business.

"Modern-day companies compete based on the speed at which they generate, process, and use data to drive innovations," said Derren Lu, CEO at Synology. "By integrating Intel technology , we are putting a compact powerhouse in every SMB. It will allow them to take advantage of that untapped throughput to give their companies that extra edge."

With Synology's M2D17 PCIe adapter card, DS1618+ can house dual M.2 SATA SSD, taking advantage of the SSD cache to boost maximum throughput and reduce the I/O latency. By alternatively installing a network interface card via the PCIe slot, DS1618+ supports up to two 10GbE ports to reach a maximum throughput of 1,551 MBps reading and 586 MBps writing.

"Small to medium sized businesses need powerful, secure and scalable storage solutions to efficiently manage their growing levels of digital content," said Dan Artusi, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Connected Home Division. "Through our collaboration with Synology, their new DiskStation NAS products based on the Intel Atom® processor C series have the performance and configurable high-speed I/O to help businesses quickly store and manage their most critical data."

DS1618+ runs on DiskStation Manager, the advanced and intuitive operating system for Synology NAS devices, with quality applications offered to enhance data security and work efficiency. Synology has received numerous media accolades, topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget's storage solution survey and winning PC Mag Readers' Choice seven years in a row.

Technical Specifications


CPU Model:- Intel Atom C3538
CPU Architecture:- 64-bit
CPU Frequency:- Quad Core 2.1 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI):- Yes


System Memory:- 4 GB DDR4
Memory Module Pre-installed:- 4GB (1 x 4GB)
Total Memory Slots:- 2
Memory Expandable up to:- 32 GB (16 GB x 2)


Drive Bays:- 6
Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit:- 16

Compatible Drive Type:
- 3.5" SATA HDD
- 2.5" SATA HDD
- 2.5" SATA SSD

Maximum Internal Raw Capacity:- 72 TB (12 TB drive x 6) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Raw Capacity with Expansion Units:- 192 TB (12 TB drive x 16) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size:- 108 TB
Hot Swappable Drive:- Yes

External Ports:

- RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port: 4 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
- USB 3.0 Port 3
- eSATA Port 2

PCIe Expansion:- 1 x Gen3 x8 slot (black, x4 link)

Add-in-card support:

- M2D17 - Dual M.2 SSD adapter card for SSD cache
- PCIe Network Interface Card


- "Compatible drive type" indicates the drives that have been tested to be compatible with Synology products. This term does not indicate the maximum connection speed of each drive bay.
- The maximum raw capacity is not limited by the maximum single volume size. Synology NAS models may utilize capacities over the maximum single volume size as long as each volume created is below the limit. (Learn more)
- Expansion of the internal volume is only supported if the combined single volume size does not exceed the maximum limit of 108TB or 200TB if upgraded to 32GB RAM or more.
- DS1618+ with M2D17 can only support M.2 SATA SSD. M.2 NVMe/AHCI PCIe SSD is not supported.

Synology's Extended Warranty add-on service (EW201) can be purchased together with DS1618+, available in select regions worldwide, to provide up to five years of hardware warranty coverage.

For more information on Synology's DiskStation DS1618+, please visit The DS1618+ has an MSRP of £616.80 (ex VAT) in the UK, and €713.00 (exc taxes) in the EU.

For more information on extended warranty, please visit

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