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W510: What is the maximum RAM supported? And what type of RAM?

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W510: What is the maximum RAM supported? And what type of RAM?

#1 Post by favonian » Thu Jun 02, 2022 9:38 am

Hey guys,

I am thinking to upgrade the RAM of my W510, but not sure how much RAM it can support. Here are the specs of the machine:

• Intel Core i7 CPU, Q720@1.60 GHz- I think it is a 4 core
• Windows 10
• NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M Graphics with 1GB DDR3 memory
• 8 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM) at 1066MHz

I think the CPU is 4 core and there are 4 slots for RAM. For this config, how much maximum RAM can I upgrade it to? 4Gx4=16 G or 8Gx4=32G?

And does it matter what type of RAM I get? The RAM that came with the machine are DDR3, but I saw on Amazon there are DDR3, DDR3L, DDR4 etc. Can I install any of those or does it need to be DDR3, the same as the original RAM? Also I saw the RAM on Amazon come on different Pin number, some are 204 pin some are 288 pin? Does it matter what number of pin to choose? Basically, how can I tell whether a RAM is compatible?

Thanks! Any advice appreciated!

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Re: W510: What is the maximum RAM supported? And what type of RAM?

#2 Post by SAIYAN48 » Thu Jun 02, 2022 5:21 pm

32GB on some models; more info here: https://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:W510
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