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diegomaguina
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G480 windows 8 memory upgrade

 

hello everyone,
I just bought a Lenovo G480 (5934-5486), Intel® Core™ i5-3210M , Intel HD Graphics (4000), OS: windows 8, 4GB RAM...

Can I upgrade RAM up to 16GB (8GB x 2) or more?
Do you have any suggestions?

thanks!

 

 

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Re: G480 windows 8 memory upgrade

hi diegomaguina,

 

Welcome to the Lenovo Community.

 

This Lenovo G480 (5934-5486) has a max memory of 8Gb (supports Dual Channel PC3-12800 1333Mhz/1600MHz - 2 slots). If you have both slots occupied, you will need to change your RAM modules to 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600Mhz. If you have 1 slot occupied. You just need 1pc 4Gb DDR3-1600Mhz memory module. You can get one here.

 

In order to access the RAM slot, you will need to:

1. Remove the Battery Pack

2. Bottom Compartment Cover

 

You can find these instructions on page 49 of the Hardware Maintenance Manual..

 

Caution:

Please be careful in disassembling your PC as the internal parts are very fragile.

 

Note:

Both the CPU and the Motherboard must support 1600Mhz memory controller, otherwise, the memory frequency will clock down to 1333Mhz.

 

 

Hope this helps.



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diegomaguina
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Re: G480 windows 8 memory upgrade

hi Neokenchi,

 

Just to be sure about this, looking for answers I have found this from the microsoft website: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa366778(v=vs.85).aspx

 

Physical Memory Limits: Windows 8

The following table specifies the limits on physical memory for Windows 8.

Version                         Limit on X86    Limit on X64

Windows 8 Enterprise

4 GB

512 GB

Windows 8 Professional

4 GB

512 GB

Windows 8

4 GB

128 GB

 

My laptop came with a "windows 8 Single Language 64 bits".

 

Also, i searched for DDR3 SO-DIMM 1600 (PC3 12800) and I found modules 2x8GB from the same manufacturer you recommended me.

So, does it mean that there is some other kind of limitation ? 

 

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Re: G480 windows 8 memory upgrade

hi diegomaguina,

 

In upgrading your RAM, you must consider three things:
1. The memory controller of your motherboard & max memory that it could take.
2. The memory specs of your CPU
3. Type of OS that could max the performance of condition 1&2.

To know the memory controller of your motherboard, you can check page 31 of your Hardware Maintenance Manual or you can use a benchmark tool such as Aida 64 Extreme Edition (click on the spoiler for more info).

 

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To see the specifications of your CPU, click here. (look for Memory Types)

 

For the Operating System, the memory limit for 32bit version of Windows is 4Gb and up to 128Gb for 64bit. About the DDR3 SO-DIMM 1600 (PC3 12800) 2x8GB RAM that you found, this will not be compatible to your PC as the max memory that your computer can handle is only 8Gb (2x4GB). Click here.for the specs.

 

 

I hope this clarify things out.

 

Cheers. 

 



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phylos
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Re: G480 windows 8 memory upgrade

I have a question about this, I can use in mi lenovo G480 core i5 3210M and Windows 8 Pro 64 bits  this RAM modules 1x2GB PC3-10600S 1333MHZ and 1x4GB PC3-10600S 1333MHZ to have 6GB RAM Memory?

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Re: G480 windows 8 memory upgrade

Hi Phylos.

That should not be an issue as long as it does not exceed the required specs as posted earlier by "neokenchi". Please see below the Rams modules required.

Lenovo G480 (5934-5486) has a max memory of 8Gb (supports Dual Channel PC3-12800 1333Mhz/1600MHz - 2 slots)

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snafu
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Re: G480 windows 8 memory upgrade

I must say this memory capacity is very confusing.   I have a G580 and when I look into the memory via the Lenovo Solution Center it tells me I have 4gb with a max of 16gb. Likewise Crucial's memory checker says the same thing-that the G580 can handle up to 16GB.   Well Lenovo-  WHICH IS IT ?   8 or 16 max ???

 

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snafu

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Re: G480 windows 8 memory upgrade

Hi snafu,

8GB is what Lenovo recommends for optimal use but if the LSC and other software indicates that you can go up to 16GB, this is true and you will be able to go up to 16GB max. The reason to why we on ly recommend 8GB is to safe guard the usage for the system so they do not go through any unforeseen problems in the further with the maximum capacity of RAM.

Hope this clarifys it.

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leandrov
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Re: G480 windows 8 memory upgrade

Hello,

 

I bought an notebook LENOVO Celeron G480 with cpu B830, I want know which brand of memory is recommended to use in this notebook ?

 

I deciding between, markvision, kingston, corsair, patriot and geil.

 

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Re: G480 windows 8 memory upgrade

Hi leandrov,

Thanks for posting. To be honest, the type of Rams really depends on on personal prefrences. Prsonaly I normally use Kingston Rams. However I've read in the forums most users either use Crucial or Corsair memory. As long as it does not exceed the correct settings for your machine which is, PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3*, non-parity,dual-channel capable, two 204-pin SO-DIMM sockets* System automatically clocks down for processors with 1333MHz DDR3 memory controller. then you should be okay.

 

Hoipe this helps.

 

Regards

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