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Windows 7: Help with upgrading my laptop's RAM

11 Jan 2013   #11
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

1.35 voltage memory is optimized for low battery usage, the 1.5 is not (not a huge hit for a laptop with your specs). Performance is theoretically worse but it's hard to notice.

Your laptop should take both as standard is 1.5 Volt. If you notice, Crucial recommends some RAM banks that need 1.5 V as well for your laptop.

Unless you have a very good reason to do so (heavy music/video editing, virtual machines) you should be fine with 8 GB, you won't notice a lot of difference going up to 16 GB.
Although you may want to purchase them now as when you may need them (in the future when you want to upgrade) it will be harder and more pricey to get a hold on them.

Changing RAM is more or less model-independent unless they placed the ram slots in funky ways (if it isn't a netbook it shoud be fine), you open a panel under it (that should have a symbol looking like a RAM bank close to it), and operate the same slot SODIMM fastening springs to remove/add banks. Watch a video and you know how to do it on your own laptop as well.


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11 Jan 2013   #12
Kratos Aurion

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So its ok for me to put 1.5V RAM, instead of 1.35? No risk of overheating or anything, just a little slower?
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11 Jan 2013   #13
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Yes it will work, but lol it is the other way around. 1.35 is the "slower", 1.5 the "standard".
The faster it goes the more power it needs, the higher the voltage. In desktops there are 1.65V "gaming" rams.

In any case you won't really notice anything. It's something that can be seen only with benchmarking software nowadays. And if you use integrated GPU, but your Geforce is "dedicated" graphics even if it is technically soldered to the motherboard since it has its own ram.
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11 Jan 2013   #14
Kratos Aurion

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok guys, i just went to my local electronics store and bought 2 of these: Corsair - 4GB 1.3GHz DDR3 SoDIMM Laptop Memory.

I wanted to get Kingstons, since I have a good history with that brand, but they didn't have any

According to crucial's report, it has the same exact reccommended specs. Only thing I couldn't find out is the voltage, if it's either 1.35 or 1.5. The man at the store said it would be ok either way, but it's still kinda stuck on my mind right now...
I bought two because I want to try with 8GB first, and only if that isn't enough for what i'm trying to do then i'll get one or two more. The man at the store did his own research (because he doubted my laptop had 4 slots xD) and yeah he guarranteed me these would work on my laptop. He also reccommended me to remove the original ones and work only with these, because of the 1333mhz and if I had the other 2 inside then I wouldn't get the 1333mhz and only get the 1060 or something. So yeah, little relieved now but i'd still like to hear it from you guys too...

Now all that's left is open the laptop and put them in...which is kinda scaring me now xD I'll follow this tutorial on Youtube and hope for the best. Any tips you can give me about being careful with it, or inserting it in the slots or anything I might miss?

Thank you for your help.
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12 Jan 2013   #15
Kratos Aurion

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Bump. Can anyone give an answer to my post, please?
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12 Jan 2013   #16
indianacarnie

 

Just make sure you ground yourself and take the battery out and you'll be fine.
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12 Jan 2013   #17
Kratos Aurion

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Just make sure you ground yourself and take the battery out and you'll be fine.
Yeah I studied the kind of RAM i needed, and watched some tutorials on opening up my laptop.

Thank you all for the help
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12 Jan 2013   #18
Kratos Aurion

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Just took out the 6GB and put the new 8GB I bought (2x4GB) =D

Yet to start using Vegas and Photoshop to notice the difference, because so far I only notice a slight increase in speed. I also noticed that when you turn on the computer, the ASUS logo tales a little more time to show up. Nothing that really bothers me, but it's kinda strange...

Anyway, thanks to all this now I know how to buy and install RAM (on laptops, at least). Thank you so much for the info guys
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12 Jan 2013   #19
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

since you seem to be expecting more speed, I'll explain what is RAM in layman terms.
RAM is like a table you spread the stuff you are working with on.
If it is too small, you have to place some of the stuff you need on the ground, and when you need the stuff on the ground you lose time to pick it up. The "ground" in this case is the pagefile, space dedicated on the hard drive in case you run out of RAM, but is slow.

More ram means you have a bigger table, so you can place more stuff on it. This means it allows more multitasking, more tabs in browser, and you can turn some of that ram in a RAMdisk to increase snappyness of the system by storing there temporary files.

To see how much RAM is being used at any moment by what program (to see if you are really using the new ram or if you need more), you can use Resource Monitor, open Task Manager, and go in the tab where you see the CPU graphs, there you find the button to activate it.

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Only thing I couldn't find out is the voltage, if it's either 1.35 or 1.5. The man at the store said it would be ok either way, but it's still kinda stuck on my mind right now...
you can go look in the BIOS options, in the system Information pages (or somewhere else where it talks about ram) you should see that.

when you turn on the laptop you should see a line of text telling you what key to press to enter bios, or setup. It's usually F2, or F12 or Del. Press it a few times just after you turned it on to access bios options.
Don't play with the options in there blindly (google the options you want to change first)

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He also reccommended me to remove the original ones and work only with these, because of the 1333mhz and if I had the other 2 inside then I wouldn't get the 1333mhz and only get the 1060 or something. So yeah, little relieved now but i'd still like to hear it from you guys too...
yes, the ram banks you had were "slower" (again theoretically), and since all ram banks must be run at the same speed, everyone goes at the speed of the slower bank.
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12 Jan 2013   #20
Kratos Aurion

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
since you seem to be expecting more speed, I'll explain what is RAM in layman terms.
RAM is like a table you spread the stuff you are working with on.
If it is too small, you have to place some of the stuff you need on the ground, and when you need the stuff on the ground you lose time to pick it up. The "ground" in this case is the pagefile, space dedicated on the hard drive in case you run out of RAM, but is slow.

More ram means you have a bigger table, so you can place more stuff on it. This means it allows more multitasking, more tabs in browser, and you can turn some of that ram in a RAMdisk to increase snappyness of the system by storing there temporary files.

To see how much RAM is being used at any moment by what program (to see if you are really using the new ram or if you need more), you can use Resource Monitor, open Task Manager, and go in the tab where you see the CPU graphs, there you find the button to activate it.

Quote:
Only thing I couldn't find out is the voltage, if it's either 1.35 or 1.5. The man at the store said it would be ok either way, but it's still kinda stuck on my mind right now...
you can go look in the BIOS options, in the system Information pages (or somewhere else where it talks about ram) you should see that.

when you turn on the laptop you should see a line of text telling you what key to press to enter bios, or setup. It's usually F2, or F12 or Del. Press it a few times just after you turned it on to access bios options.
Don't play with the options in there blindly (google the options you want to change first)

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He also reccommended me to remove the original ones and work only with these, because of the 1333mhz and if I had the other 2 inside then I wouldn't get the 1333mhz and only get the 1060 or something. So yeah, little relieved now but i'd still like to hear it from you guys too...
yes, the ram banks you had were "slower" (again theoretically), and since all ram banks must be run at the same speed, everyone goes at the speed of the slower bank.
Thanks for the reply

Yeah I knew RAM was metathorical for that, actually :P I was just giving my first impression on using the laptop with the new RAM sticks, which seemed slightly faster at first but now after 5 hours...it's just about the same, and it makes sense...

Is it reccommended to change the voltage on the BIOS to 1.5V? After checking Corsair's official specs on my RAM sticks, it says 1.5V (supported and tested). Should I change it (although the ones from the link weren't "ValueSelect", so maybe they're not the same as mine)?

I feel like i'm learning so much about this. I was scared s***less when I put the RAM sticks in xD
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