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Add more RAM to my laptop

Discussion in 'Laptops and Netbooks' started by OrrBitt, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. OrrBitt

    OrrBitt New Member

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    Hello. I want to add more RAM to my Dell laptop. I already have 4 GBs, and I want to add 4 GBs more. The RAM that I have is:

    M471B5173DB0-YK0
    4GB 1Rx8 PC3L-12800S-11-12-B4

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    It is available here on Amazon for ~ 2K:

    https://www.amazon.in/samsung-PC3-12800-DDR3-1600MHz-Unbuffered-M471B5173DB0-YK0/dp/B00TTC60Q8

    and:

    https://www.amazon.in/Samsung-original-204-pin-VOLTAGE-PC3L-12800S/dp/B00HZKKDNC

    But the Amazon one says "11-13-B4" while mine is "11-12-B4". So will this RAM be compatible with my computer? If I have one module of Samsung RAM, do I have to install another Samsung module only, or can it be of another company? Also, is it safe to buy RAM from online sites?

    I have previously taken out, cleaned and refitted the RAM on my desktop, so will it be the same method for the laptop as well, or should I take it to a computer shop? I have basic experience working with computers.

    Thanks.
     
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    It should work,as long as ram frequency(1600mhz) & voltage(1.35V,usually these rams are named as DDR3L,DDR4L etc basically 'L' will be there after frequency or ddr,you can see it on label as PC3L in links you posted) is same as existing ram there should be no issues with any ram.

    Installing ram in laptops is a bit different as laptop ram slots are different from desktop,better watch youtube videos before trying to install as in worst case scenario you may break the slot notches(the plastic clips at the ends of ram slot).
     
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    Amen to that. I attempted to self upgrade my cousin's laptop's RAM. I was not able to find the proper way to insert the RAM in the slot. After many unsuccessful attempts, I found the correct angle and then I was able to insert it. Had I been less careful I might have damaged the RAM (golden part of RAM is prone to scratch). I was lucky.
     
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    ^^Which model?I only installed ram in some 2-3 old laptops & procedure was the same(45 degree tilt & then slot in).
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    Online shopping sites like Amazon and Flipkart have been in the news for selling fake products, and often the reviews sections of the product page also has negative reviews of from people getting fake items. So could you suggest other online shopping sites, preferably ones which sell computer items only, which also have a good reputation?
     
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    I installed this ram: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B002TWXLRG into an age old Compaq Presario CQ61 laptop.

    Edit: Didn't know about 45 degree tilt. I was trying to push it after laying the RAM flat at 90 degree angle.
     
  7. Vineet Sharma

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    1. As long as two different RAM sticks are of same generation (DDR2, DDR3 etc), it would work together irrespective of different manufacturer, frequency, memory etc. Well, it is advisable to use sticks of same frequency so that one does not bottleneck the other.
    For ex. a stick of 1600Mhz will slow down to 1333Mhz if coupled with a 1333Mhz. That is all.

    2. "11-13-B4" and "11-12-B4" are certain timings of the RAM (in microseconds AFAIK) with how quickly it reads or erases information. the lower the number the fewer clock cycles it takes so in effect its faster but the faster ram will clock down to match a slower stick. However, you wouldn't even notice any difference as these figures are very minute.

    3. Completely safe to buy products from Amazon and Flipkart. However, make sure to buy from a good rated seller and don't forget to check the warranty information on product's page. In Amazon, there are sticks which were imported and so don't have warranty in India, but they always mention it on the product's page.

    Go ahead and just search for the cheapest (of good brand if it matters to you) 1600MHz DDR3 4GB RAM, compatible with the type of your laptop's port (not sure if it is any different from 45 degree tilt port) and you should be good.
     
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    As far as I know all laptops have similar ram ports so similar method of install(aka 45 degree tilt & slot in).
     

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