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RAM upgrade XPS 8700

Would this RAM work?

www.newegg.com/.../Product.aspx

G.SKILL
Series
Ripjaws X Series
Model
F3-1600C9D-16GXM

Details

Capacity
16GB (2 x 8GB)
Type
240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Speed
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CAS Latency
9
Timing
9-9-9-24
Voltage
1.5V
ECC
No
Buffered/Registered
Unbuffered
Multi-channel Kit
Dual Channel Kit

Current config below...

Motherboard:

Manufacturer Dell Inc.

Model 0KWVT8 (CPU 1)
Version A00
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model Haswell
Chipset Revision 06
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model Z87
Southbridge Revision C1
BIOS
Brand Dell Inc.
Version A11
Date 7/9/2015
Voltage
CPU CORE 1.764 V
DRAM 1.500 V
+12V 12.240 V
+5V 5.076 V
VIN6 2.208 V
+3.3V 3.312 V
CMOS BATTERY 3.144 V
PCI Data
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage In Use
Data lanes x16
Slot Designation PCIE1
Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PME
Slot Number 0

Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Data lanes x1
Slot Designation PCIE2
Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PME
Slot Number 1
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Data lanes x1
Slot Designation PCIE3
Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PME
Slot Number 2
Slot PCI-E
Slot Type PCI-E
Slot Usage Available
Data lanes x1
Slot Designation PCIE4
Characteristics 3.3V, Shared, PME
Slot Number 3

RAM
Memory slots
Total memory slots 4
Used memory slots 2
Free memory slots 2
Memory
Type DDR3
Size 8192 MBytes
Channels # Dual
DRAM Frequency 798.1 MHz
CAS# Latency (CL) 11 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 11 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 11 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 28 clocks
Command Rate (CR) 1T
Physical Memory
Memory Usage 46 %
Total Physical 7.95 GB
Available Physical 4.29 GB
Total Virtual 9.95 GB
Available Virtual 5.32 GB
SPD
Number Of SPD Modules 2
Slot #1
Slot #2

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12 Replies
7 Plutonium

RE: RAM upgrade XPS 8700

If you are planning on just adding another 16GB be advised mixing brands/types does not work many times.  I tried that on my home built desktop and with ASUS motherboard and an i7 6700K CPU.  I had some G Skill Ripsaws and some Corsair Dominator.  They wouldn't work together, either the G Skill only or the Corsair only worked OK.

FWIW, here is the Crucial listing of memory for the XPS 8700.  Crucial is guaranteed to work in Dell's but again I would advise against mixing memory, keep it all the same brand/type.

www.crucial.com/.../xps-8700



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Dell forum member since 2002

Dell Inspiron 15 - 5577 Laptop

Home Built Desktop PC with ASUS ROG Z170, i7 6700K CPU

Windows 10 64 bit Pro and Windows 10 Insider Program Beta Versions. SSD drives. Cakewalk by BandLab and Studio One 4.1 Recordng Studio Software.

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2f2f2f2
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RE: RAM upgrade XPS 8700

Not mixing memory...replacing.

The Crucial RAM is overpriced at Dell. And on other sites the G.Skill is rated better. The G.Skill RAM has better latency numbers and seems to be reviewed as more solid and dependable than the Crucial.

Just wanted to ask if anyone could point out if and why  the G.Skill would not be compatable.

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Dan-H
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RE: RAM upgrade XPS 8700

It might work. It might even work at 1600 Mhz, but it also might hiccup and downclock to 1333 Mhz.

The Dell BIOS is a little fussy with memory, and it may work just fine. The issue is the BIOS is expecting RAM timings of 11-11-11-28 for DDR3/1600 and if during POST the memory does not sync up then it will fallback to 1333 Mhz.

Another option is this memory. G.SKILL AEGIS 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11D-16GIS

www.newegg.com/.../Product.aspx

It has the same timings as the OEM Dell Memory.

If you have the original 2x4GB sticks, this should work in addition to that to give you 24GB of memory.

Also, make sure you are ordering from NewEgg, not one of their partners, and check the return policy in case it doesn't work.

good luck !

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vtoy116
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RE: RAM upgrade XPS 8700

You can buy direct from Crucial. Crucial guarantees that your memory will work properly. G. Skill sells through vendors so if the memory does not work you will have to deal with the vendor.

The G. Skill memory you picked is 1.5 volt, the recommended Crucial memory is 1.35 V. Do you know what voltage your current memory is running at?

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Dan-H
4 Germanium

RE: RAM upgrade XPS 8700

The G. Skill memory you picked is 1.5 volt, the recommended Crucial memory is 1.35 V. Do you know what voltage your current memory is running at?

The 8700 OEM memory is 1.5V ( at least in the six systems I've touched )

Crucial memory that runs at 1.35V is actually better memory, however there is no way in the Dell 8700 BIOS to change memory voltage so the memory that is spec'd to run at 1.35V will run fine at 1.5V

The crucial kit you want is:

812001

Crucial 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) DDR3L-1600 UDIMM

CT7350422

  • DDR3 PC3-12800 • CL=11 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1600 • 1.35V • 1024Meg x 64 •
  • upgrade for Dell XPS 8700 system.

It is more expensive than the G.Skill, however as VTOY116 said, they do guarantee it will work and will take it back without question if it does not.

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Dan-H
4 Germanium

RE: RAM upgrade XPS 8700

I posted a reply that had a link to the kit in crucial and it got moderated.

XPS 8700 RAM voltage is 1.5V, and it cannot be changed in BIOS.

1.35V DDR3 will run at 1.5V without issues.

a downside is the crucial 16GB kit is about $20 more than the G.Skill kit posted above.

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7 Plutonium

RE: RAM upgrade XPS 8700

I posted a link to Crucial in my response and it was not "moderated".???

We have been doing that for years, recommending Crucial for non Dell branded memory.



I am not a Dell Employee

Dell forum member since 2002

Dell Inspiron 15 - 5577 Laptop

Home Built Desktop PC with ASUS ROG Z170, i7 6700K CPU

Windows 10 64 bit Pro and Windows 10 Insider Program Beta Versions. SSD drives. Cakewalk by BandLab and Studio One 4.1 Recordng Studio Software.

Dell S2719dgf Monitor

Member of Nashville based R.O.P.E.

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Moderator
Moderator

RE: RAM upgrade XPS 8700

Let me weigh in with the Dell perspective. Crucial does offer a "100% compatibility" contract which is good. But I have my doubts that they actually have all of our systems at their site to actually test. The only way to be 100% is to buy our OEM memory using the Dell 5 digit part numbers =

Four slots Black 3, White 1, Black 4, White 2
DDR3L, unbuffered, Non-ECC, quad-channel, 1.5v
32GB max (8GB per slot)
66GKY 8GB, 1600MHz, 512X64, 8, 240, 2RX8, PC3-12800U

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2f2f2f2
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RE: RAM upgrade XPS 8700

The G.Skill sticks did work but downclocked to 1333 as Dan-H predicted.I will return them for a full refund.

Not sure if I will now pick up  different RAM from G.Skill or Crucial. A G.Skill rep steered me to a different, compatible line.

My son uses the XPS 8700 for gaming on Steam (Overwatch etc)

He gets very poor FPS even at minimal settings. Much worse than should be expected.

The video card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960)  is capable, and tests show it is working fine.

So I thought I would double the RAM and take out the old, in case that is the problem.

Thanks to all who have responded!

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