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Rugged_Man
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XPS 8930, 32GB ram (2x16) possible?

I would like to know if anyone has been successful running this configuration. My reason for asking is I would prefer to use on 2 of the 4 slots to give me space for future expansion should I need it. I know there was a new bios released in March 2019. Did it add any features that may support this configuration, 

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Mary G
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Re: 32gb ram (2 x16) possible on XPS 8930

You can use just 2 of the 4 slots for up to 16gb in each but make sure to use the correct 2 matching slots which are not adjacent in your model. See your manual for which slots to use. Do not exceed the total max ram for using all 4 slots which is 64 gb. https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Dell/xps-8930

Have you checked to see how the ram is installed now? You might have 4x4 or 2x8 or if you did not order the model with 16 gb standard you could have 2 open slots already.

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Rugged_Man
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Re: 32gb ram (2 x16) possible on XPS 8930

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On the website you provided it says this is compatible with the xps 8930. I only have one slot filled with 8gb of ram and an intel i7-8700. 

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U2CAMEB4ME
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Re: 32gb ram (2 x16) possible on XPS 8930

Welcome to the Dell Community  @Rugged_Man 

The manual is just a guide to what Dell sold with the desktop.

It is not an indicator of the hardware's limitations.

Because of your CPU, Memory type and 4 slots you should be able to upgrade to 128GB.

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/126686/intel-core-i7-8700-processor-12m-cache-u...

It is expensive so it would be best if someone else has tried and has reported success.

The same with (2x16) configuration it may not be listed in your manual but it is very possible it can be done.

It would be nice if someone else had reported success before you try???

If you do give it a try please report back with your results.

Good luck,

U2


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Rugged_Man
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Re: 32gb ram (2 x16) possible on XPS 8930

Thanks For the info U2. I was really hoping someone had tried and reported it already. I want to use 2x16. That will give me 2 free slots so that in the future I can just buy another 2x16 set if I need to and not have to replace the ram in all 4 slots if I buy 4x8 now. 

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U2CAMEB4ME
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Re: 32gb ram (2 x16) possible on XPS 8930

@Rugged_Man 

It would be nice to have learned from someone else's success or failure???

Again please post back with what you find.

Good luck,

U2


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Rugged_Man
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Re: 32gb ram (2 x16) possible on XPS 8930

For anyone following or reading this thread in the future below is a reply from crucial stating you can use a 2x16 configuration of their ram on a XPS 8930.52824751-78ED-4D93-8607-4A0F73915FFF.png

 

tse991
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Re: 32gb ram (2 x16) possible on XPS 8930

Did you end up buying this memory? If so what speed does it run at? (2666 MHz?), I'd be curious to hear your results.

I'm not expert but from what I understand our BIOS does not support XMP so memory will only run at the default (SPD) speed and we have no ability to adjust even if the memory may support a higher speed.

Thanks!

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Rugged_Man
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Re: 32gb ram (2 x16) possible on XPS 8930

I did not buy the memory yet. My computer came with 8gb of 2666 MHz memory. I think the one in the photo is 3000 MHz. I also don’t expect it to run faster than 2666 MHz. When I do purchase and install it I will post my results. 

7- Thorium

Re: 32gb ram (2 x16) possible on XPS 8930

Would 4x 8GB be less expensive than 2x 16GB but still give you 32 GB? Unless at some future date you decide you want more than 32 GB.

You would need to replace the existing 8 GB module so you have two identical pairs of 8 GB modules in order to run "dual channel" memory which is faster than "single channel" you have now with only one module installed.

Guess I'll never understand why Dell sells its top-of-the-line XPS model with only one RAM module, meaning it's only running single channel memory...???

Ron

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