08-27-2018 01:54 AM
There is some confusion about what is the max amount of RAM in the Legion Y530 that is supported. Here are the facts:
I upgraded a Lenovo Legion Y530 with 32GB of RAM. I documented the procedure for those that want to try it here: Legion Y530 RAM upgrade
09-27-2018 07:40 AM - edited 09-27-2018 07:41 AM
You are the best! Thanks for sharing.
I want to buy this Y530 5ICH laptop.
I want to add RAM later to make it 32GB. While I am customizing this laptop on Lenovo website, if I choose 16GB 1 DIMM RAM, can I add any 16GB DDR4 2666Mhz RAM later, or it has to be the same chipset brand?
When you took your original RAM out, what was the chipset brand ? Hynix or ...?
Did you order 1 16GB or 2 8Gb or 1 8GB? I want to minimize my cost since I want to order without SSD and add a NVMe SSD later. I guess they are selling this laptop with none NMVe (PCIe only) SSD. right ?
All the best from Canada to Finland
09-27-2018 10:14 PM
The original memory was Samsung branded for me. But it doesn't tell you much, since Lenovo uses 4-6 different memory manufacturers, and you will only know what you get when you buy the machine. My ThinkPad P52 came with Micron memory modules, for example.
It doesn't have to be the same to be usable, so you should be fine in getting any DDR4 2666Mhz RAM module. There might be a teeny tiny difference in speeds based on the differences of the various modules, but I sincerely doubt you would be able to notice any real world difference. So you can just buy any module when the time comes.
(Do note, that you can find out your module in parts lookup if you enter your serial number when you have bought the machine. This way you do not need to open it up just to check.)
I ordered with 8GB. Although I knew I might end up with a 8GB stick I do not need, free customization is not available in Finland. So I had to choose from a number of preconfigured systems, and given other requirements for the CPU and GPU for example, this is what I had to go with. The RAM and HDD/SSD are replaceable, the CPU/GPU are not.
As for the SSD type, I am a little loss at the differences between PCIe and NVMe The spec sheet says the Y530 supports: "M.2 SSD / PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4, 32Gb/s (e.g. xxxGB SSD M.2 PCIe NVMe)". So I would get NVMe