catonyx
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Precision 7740 memory configurations

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I am looking to understand if configurations not mentioned in the manual are allowed.

For instance, can I have 2x4GB in the primary slots (under the keyboard) and then add 2x16GB in the secondary slots (which are more easily accessible from the bottom). This would be 40GB total which is not explicitly stated in the documentation.
If I were to do this, I would make sure the timing spec matches.such as 2666.

 

 

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ibmarc
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Re: Precision 7740 memory configurations

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Modern RAM controllers allow mixtures of RAM to work under a variety of conditions. The downfall to this is RAM has a maximum speed it can operate when everything is identical. When everything is not identical RAM runs slower. If you want the best performance at the cheapest cost, figure out which slot the 8 GB module you have now is in, B or D (you can do that with the above command), and then install 1 of these modules, under the back cover in A (if other in B) or C (if in D).

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ibmarc
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I don’t think Dell sells the Precision 7740 with 4GB RAM modules. Probably the best thing to do is see what’s there. Open an Admin Command Prompt and issue the command sequence:

wmic memorychip get manufacturer, capacity, partnumber, speed, memorytype, devicelocator, formfactor >c:\ramdata.txt

Post the file ramdata.txt contents (Copy & Paste) in your reply.

catonyx
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I can buy this with 1x8GB (or with 2x16GB). But I was hoping to add more memory later hopefully cheaper. I still wonder if I will have to "throw away" the ram or will the hardware deal with it. :).

Is it a necessity to have matching sizes in various slots?

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ibmarc
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Re: Precision 7740 memory configurations

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Modern RAM controllers allow mixtures of RAM to work under a variety of conditions. The downfall to this is RAM has a maximum speed it can operate when everything is identical. When everything is not identical RAM runs slower. If you want the best performance at the cheapest cost, figure out which slot the 8 GB module you have now is in, B or D (you can do that with the above command), and then install 1 of these modules, under the back cover in A (if other in B) or C (if in D).

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