Upgrading memory on QNAP TS-453A NAS

I wanted to upgrade my memory for my QNAP TS-453A. I really only needed 8 GB (maximum supported) but I found out that people had squeezed in 16 GB without any issues… challenge accepted:)

Picture 1. QNAP TS-453A

The QNAP TS-453A should support most DDR3L memory modules. The trailing “L” is very important and stands for low voltage (1.35 V instead of 1.5 V). So I acquired a matching pair of compatible memory modules (Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) / DDR3L / CL9 / 1600MHz / CMSX16GX3M2B1600C9).

Picture 2. Corsair Vengeance 16GB

The video here demonstrates the very simple physical procedure of opening up the enclosure and swapping the memory modules (only 3 screws!).

Picture 3. QNAP TS-453A, New memory modules in place.

I did exactly as in the video and swapped both memory modules, booted up the NAS and behold it worked flawlessly:

Picture 3. QNAP System status, displaying 16 GB!

Conclusion

Officially the QNAP TS-453A does not support 16 GB of RAM, but it does work without any issues as the system status picture above shows.

Now for next question, what should I use all that memory for…

 

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