Okay, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the Netherlands. Neither do we have a Black Friday. So that wasn’t an excuse for me to buy a new Synology DS713+. But my old Synology DS211+ became quite slow. Slow enough for me to decide to offload SabNZBd, SickBeard and CouchPotato to my 27″ iMac. But I don’t like open ports on my workstation so time for a new Syno, which I’ve ordered today with my friends at mobile-harddisk.nl since they provide excellent service!

The new Syno will run a 240 GB  SSD and a 2 TB 7200 RPM harddisk, both with SATA3 interface. I hope the 2,5″ SSD will fit in the Syno without any brackets. And yes, I did choose not to use RAID in the current configuration. First let’s do some tests with HDD compared to SSD. Expansion can be done later on (Hello Christmas!) with the Synology DX513 expansion unit. Among the speed I’m very curios about the VMware VAAI support and the memory slot being used.

The Synology website does mention VMware VAAI support fot the DS713+. A bit strange since only the XS-serie NAS does provide this support. Let’s see when it’s in. The other interesting part is the memory slot. Does the DS713+ have 1 Gbyte soldered DDR3 memory or does it come in a normal memory slot. If the last one is the case it should be quite easy to replace the module with a larger one up to 4 Gbyte since the Intel Atom D2700 should support this.

Hope the packages will be delivered to the office tomorrow and I find some time to test drive.