Inspiron 15z 5523 memory maximum

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Hello everyone who may be reading this.

I am posting this question due to some confusion regarding hardware specification on my Dell Inspiron 15z 5523 laptop.

At purchase time, it had 8 GB of Ram, and what I think was the current i7 processor for that day and age.

I'm pretty sure I've checked the owner's manual, but I'm not sure if the manual lists the total memory capacity and if it does, whether or not it states 8GB as the maximum RAM supported.

Some 3rd party vendors claim this laptop supports a maximum of 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 SODIMM, but I'd prefer to get the actual and accurate specification from Dell if I can.

Thanks,

Adam

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ejn63
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Re: Inspiron 15z 5523 memory maximum

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Crucial says 16 G and guarantees it if you buy using their memory configurator.

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Dell/inspiron-15z-ultrabook-(5523)

Dell's manual isn't clear.  It states that 8G modules are supported, but not the total max.

 

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Thanks for your fast reply ejn63. As for the memory maximum (and vendor guarantee) I'll keep that in mind.

I notice that Crucial's update selection (to go to 16 GB) has more than one path (DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866) and shows different latency choices.

I guess the best course of action is to pull one of the existing chips from the laptop and see if I can determine which type DDR3 is currently installed.

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Bear in mind that the CPU sets the memory speed - which for any of the CPUs this system takes, is 1333 MHz.  Installing faster RAM simply causes the memory to down-clock -- the memory controller is aboard the CPU.

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@ejn63 wrote:

Bear in mind that the CPU sets the memory speed - which for any of the CPUs this system takes, is 1333 MHz.  Installing faster RAM simply causes the memory to down-clock -- the memory controller is aboard the CPU.




Based on the text up to 1600 MHz, dual-channel DDR3 configuration
from  inspiron-15z-5523_reference%20guide_en-us.pdf I have a feeling the RAM to purchase is DDR3-1600 as opposed to the higher value.

Since it's easy enough (on that model) to remove one screw from the underside to get to the RAM, I'll verify visually if the currently installed memory indicates its frequency.

Thanks again for your help and guidance on this @ejn63

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