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Synology DiskStation DS-713+ Including Memory Upgrade



Synology DS-713+

Synology DS713+

Synology DS713+


Intel Atom D2700 processor allows the Synology DiskStation DS713+ to smoke the competition.

On the fly encoding with aplomb means not playing catch-up, aka, no stuttering when streaming HD content.


Western Digital 2 TB 3.5-Inch WD Se SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive WD2000F9YZ [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]

Western Digital 2 TB 3.5-Inch WD Se SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive WD2000F9YZ

Western Digital  – Se Enterprise Hard Drive

2TB – WD2000F9YZ – 

4TB -WD4000F9YZ –

I’ve had very good luck with WD HDD’s and in particular their Enterprise class hdd’s. The WD Se’s are great performers and sometimes perform at a higher level than the more costly RE series.

The WD Se’s have performed flawlessly for me in the following configuration: 2 x 2 TB mirror.

The 713+ works equally well with 4 TB HDD’s. Western Digital Se 4 TB HDD WD4000F9YZ

In this instance more is better and if it’s within your budget go with higher capacity drives. You’ll thank me later.

Don’t forget the DS713+ is unique in its ability to add storage via an expansion unit. The DX213 adds two (2) extra bays of storage which will give you a total of 4 bays.

Adding the DX513 adds an additional 5 bays for a total of seven (7) bays.

So you say, yeah so what, what’s unique? This is the key, with these particular expansion units the DS713+ will operate as a 4 or 7 bay unit, in other words seamlessly as if you had initially purchased a 4 or 7 bay integrated unit.

DX213 >>>>>>

DX513 >>>>>

Why the Synology DiskStation DS-713+ ?

The Synology DS 713+ is a top performer and provides great value when you realize this NAS is rated at the top of its class compared to its competitors.

I have upgraded the RAM on my 713+ to 4GB (SO-DIMM) using this G.SKILL – DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 – 4096 x 1 module (part no. F3-12800CL9S-4GBSQ).

G.SKILL different part no. but should work as well –  G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C11S-4GRSL

Upgrading to 4GB is not recommended and only a few of us have done it successfully.

The 713+ has one removable so-dimm slot that allows an upgrade to the maximum 2GB of RAM. Ships with 1GB of ram as standard.

I purchased a Kingston 2GB ValueRam module in the event that the 4GB G.SKILL didn’t work.

Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 SODIMM Notebook Memory

Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 1333MHz DDR3

Kingston 2GB sodimm memory |

 Kingston 2GB –

Many users of the 713+ who upgraded to 4GB and failed went to using Kingston 2GB ValueRam with great success.

Pretty much assured to have no issues whatsoever using a 2-GB stick of memory.

Some of us tend to push the envelope a tich and make the hardware do more than what the engineers designed it to be used for.

You will notice I’ve used a higher binned (speed rated) memory module. Using higher binned silicon means that when operating at a lower speed the chance of data or bit errors will be further minimized.

I’ve used the G.SKILL ram (4GB) for a year without any issue or failure in the DS713+. The 713+ has only 1 memory slot on its board. And yes, it’s tricky to get to.

I use 32GB of G.SKILL ram in my Windows PC and I’m very impressed with its performance. In the past I’ve used OCZ and MUSHKIN ram.

Oh yes, I almost forgot, upgrading the memory will void the warranty. So, not for the faint of heart.

Keep in mind, re-installing the original sodimm, and, making sure the sticker or seal is not broken will place it in its original equipment state rather quickly.

All the above hardware have worked in an exemplary manner daily over the course of the past year for me.

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