Synology DiskStation DS715 2-Bay Value NAS Review




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A closer look inside


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The Synology DiskStation DS715 isn’t just small on the outside, it is it too on the insides. It is a compact built system, divided into 3 PCBs: motherboard, rear panel, and SATA bridge. The LEDs and power button are placed on the front of the motherboard itself.

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The two add-in cards connect via PCIe connectors and the memory is soldered onto the motherboard – so no upgrade possibilities here. The 2GB that the unit comes with should be enough for most people anyway and it has two Realtek TRL8211DN chips for the ethernet connections

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The SATA bridge doesn’t feature anything besides the SATA connectors and the pins so it can connect to the motherboard. The rear PCB, on the other hand, has quite a bit onboard. This is where the USB 3.0 and eSATA ports are located and it’s also where the EltronTech EJ168A USB Host Controller is located.

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The reset button is also placed on the small PCB, but the power connector remains on the mainboard itself. A wise choice and one that will give the most stable power for the processor and the other components.

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