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Like all other Synology products, the DS411slim runs its DiskStation Manager firmware. The latest 3.1 iteration of DSM is arguably the most polished and refined Nas web interface currently on the market. With features ranging from the established norm of all-format-encompassing media streaming to HTTP/FTP servers, Bittorrent client, print server and even interoperability with several iOS apps – the DS411slim is loaded with everything one could hope to expect.

Synology DS411slim

Small and very quiet too

Despite its small size, as this is still a four-bay Nas. Synology provides RAID support in the following volume types: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6, RAID 10 and Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR). It is, of course, a possible option – if you have some kind of personal loathing for your data – to run your volumes as Basic or JBOD.

Benchmark Tests

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Results
JBOD Drive Throughput

Synology DS411 Slim

Throughput in Megabytes per Second (MB/s)
Longer bars are better

RAID 0 Drive Throughput

Synology DS411 Slim

Throughput in Megabytes per Second (MB/s)
Longer bars are better

Synology DS411 Slim

Throughput in Megabytes per Second (MB/s)
Longer bars are better

Synology Hybrid RAID Drive Throughput

Synology DS411 Slim

Throughput in Megabytes per Second (MB/s)
Longer bars are better

Eager to find out just how well the DS411slim would fare against its bigger brothers, I tossed in a couple of 120GB Western Digital WD12000BEVT drives and fired up Crystal DiskMark 3.0. Curiosity didn’t stop there though; this being a 2.5in bay system, I couldn’t resist throwing in a 512GB Kingston SSDNow100 to push the baby NAS to its limits.

Using the SSD, Crystal DiskMark revealed that the saturation point is around 65MB/s. With a threshold like this, the old spinning platters were able to keep up throughout much of the testing. Splashing out for the SSD upgrade would be an extravagance though, as even with HDDs, this is no slouch.

Synology DS411slim

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