Article Number: 000132438
Notebook computers that are using Intel 4th Generation processors require a newer type of DDR3 SoDIMM memory that is known as DDR3-Low Voltage or DDR3L.
If a DDR3 SoDIMM memory module is inserted into the computer, the computer does not complete the Power On Self-Test (POST). You may get no video displayed with flashing diagnostic lights.
The DDR3L SoDIMM has PC3L whereas the DDR3 SoDIMM has PC3 in the JEDEC-compliant text.
Figure 1: image shows the difference in labeling between DDR3 memory module and DDR3L memory module
This form of memory operates at 1.8 volts as opposed to the more traditional 2.5 volts and is commonly used in portable electronics. As with all DDR memory, the double data rate is achieved by transferring data on both clock edges of the device. Which consumes low power, produces less heat.
Figure 2: LPDDR3 Memory
Go to Dell Memory Selector page for purchasing system memory.
For information about optimizing memory, see Dell knowledgebase article How to Optimize the Memory (RAM) on a Dell Computer.
For information about resolving memory issues, see Dell knowledgebase article How to diagnose and resolve common memory issues on a Dell Laptop.
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05 Oct 2021