Inside Dell Precision 3540 – disassembly and upgrade options
Recently, we tested the Precision 3540, and we think that it is one of the best mobile workstations you can find there. Of course, given the price tag and the ULV technology inside.
Dell Precision 3540
- Intel Core i7-8565U
- AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100 (2GB GDDR5)
- 8GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
There are 8 screws you need to remove in order to pop the bottom panel open. Thankfully, they stay attached to the plate after you unscrew them, so you will have a hard time losing them.
In terms of battery, there is a 51Wh package. However, Dell offers this notebook with a behemoth 68Wh 4-cell unit. Moreover, it is held in place by only one screw.
3. Memory and storage
Upgradability-wise, there are two RAM DIMMs that can total up to 32GB of DDR4 memory. While our unit lacks a 2.5″ drive, there is the slot clearly seen next to the M.2 drive. Speaking of which, it can fit PCIe x4 drives up to 2TB, as well as SATA M.2 drives up to 512GB.
4. Cooling system
So, the cooling solution on the Precision 3540 is not the most sophisticated out there. Additionally, the approach is quite lenient, as Dell uses only a single heat pipe to cool either of the CPU and the GPU. However, our temperature tests proved it to be perfectly well calculated.