I’ve just upgraded the RAM on the DL4100 and everything is smooth sailing. Here’s something interesting…
UPDATE: 7/23/15 [Temps dropped even lower.]
- Before the upgrade (stock w/ 2GB) the average operating temperature was: 38C/100F
- After the upgrade (now total of 6GB) the average operating temperature is: 30C/86F
Call it what you will, but this is a fact that I’m pretty happy with. *shrug* I’ll take it…
Which one should I buy?
Well, anyone that meets the specs will do, however…
WD website recommends these two: (Specifically for the DL4100)
- Kingston - KVR13S9S8/4 Spec: 4GB 204Pin SODIMM PC3-10600
- Hynix - HMT451S6BFR8A-PB Spec: 4GB 204Pin SODIMM PC3L-12800
>> Why Hynix?
I’ve ordered the Hynix one as it is faster and because I know the chip itself is Made in Korea, which I trust. (Some will say Made in China. I just wanted one that said, Made in Korea, just because…) -
The Hynix was also cheaper than the Kingston. I had a hunch of wanting to order something else being that I’m an outside the box kind of guy with technology, but I just went with what they had recommended and was able to purchase the Hynix for $23 shipped. Either way Hynix or Kingston you can’t go wrong… I’ve just went with Hynix as a personal choice between the two that’s all.
>> How do I install the RAM?
It’s extremely easy and the total installation took me literally under 1 minute. Yes, >60 seconds tops. As I do with any installation with computers in general, I wore latex gloves and made sure to de-static myself.
- Shut down your NAS via the WD Control Panel on your coputer (upper right “person icon” -> 'shut down.") Wait for it to completely shut down.
- Once it’s shut down, unplug the power cable.
- Unscrew the (3) black phillips screws on the back. (1 screw on center-top and 2 on the bottom-left & right)
- With both hands (palms on the side of the NAS <- This is where the rubber gloves came into play so that my palms wouldn’t slide off the side of the walls of the NAS) slide the outter casing backward a smidge then,
- Lift straight upward to remove the outter casing. (You’ll see that the casing has little “guide divits” on the bottom and front.
- On the side fo the NAS you’ll see the RAM slot.
- Insert the RAM at a slight angle and gently push in until the RAM “clicks” into place.
- Put the casing back on, making sure to align the “guide divits” and put the (3) screws back in.
- Turn on the NAS and Violla…welcome to the 6GB Club.
>> Important Tips
Make sure the model number is 100% correct. Double-double check. Do not over look this and order the wrong one. The “L” after the PC3(L) means Low voltage, which is what you need. It operates at 1.35 volts…
Traditionally the other rams run at 1.5V…you don’t want 1.5V. Hence, why a lot of people are experiencing problems with errors after boot. I also liked the Hynix over the Kingston because the data transfer rate is 1600MHz, where as the Kingston was only 1333MHz.
What are your temperatures?
- At idle?
- Under load?
- Max you’ve seen?
Any other fellow DL4100 owners with upgraded RAM out there?
Hope this helps! Good luck!
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