Okay, don’t give IT-guys toys when they have screwdrivers. Tonight I found some time to open my brand new Synology DS713+. Me, and some guys out there where curious about the 1 Gbyte memory in this DiskStation. The real question was if the memory was expandable.

Well, taking a look at the PCB I noticed that the memory wasn’t soldered. So that’s a good sign. I guess it’s a regular DDR3 SO-DIMM module. The Atom CPU used on these mainboards should be able to support up to 4 Gbyte. So let’s order some memory this week to see if it will recognise upgraded memory.

Synology DS713+ from the inside: expandable memory

Opening the box is quite simple: if you know how. Start with the two screws at the bottom on the backside. In my case labelled AL1 and TQ3. Then, remove the screw between the back USB ports and the back eSATA port. After this, you should be able to lift the backside and then remove the metal cover connecting the front and the back.

Replacing the SODIMM module requires some more screwing since one of the frame pieces is on top of the module so you can’t remove this. I didn’t spend time on this yet since I don’t have any modules in stock. Will be done when the 4Gbyte DDR3 SODIMM is delivered.

And yes, my other question was answered to. The Synology DS713+ does support VMware VAAI for ESXi5.1 Hardware acceleration shows up as supported within vCenter. But I didn’t spend enough time to do comparisons when cloning a virtual machine, etc.

Update: SODIMM module Kingston KVR1333D3S9/4G works fine.

Screen Shot 2013-01-17 at 20.34.35Update 28 January:
As you can see, the DS713+ will have benefit from more memory. These are the graphs collected with Observium for the last month. The gap shows the Syno turned of to upgrade. As you can see, memory utilisation is higher than before.

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