06-28-2019 06:49 AM
Machine no: 81F500BXIN
I presently have 1Tb HDD + 8Gb RAM.
I want to add SSD to the machine and also upgrade my RAM by 4-8 Gbs.
Is the addition of SSD possible while keeping my HDD or will I have to keep only one of them?
And will I be able to use the full potential of the SSD?
06-28-2019 07:00 AM
The 330s-15IKB has, based on the Lenovo psref webpage, 4GB soldered RAM. The maximum capacity is 12GB, which means you can change the separate 4GB stick with an 8GB DDR4-2133 or DDR4-2400 (based on your soldered memory) stick. Storage is a little differrent. You can have an HDD, HDD with Optane storage (which is PCIe storage), PCIe M.2 SSD or SATA M.2 SSD. You'll need to open up the device to find out.
07-04-2019 08:00 PM - edited 07-04-2019 08:15 PM
Please don't just repeat what it says in the manual because what works is much more than only what is printed there. Various people have already proven what works and yes 16GB ram stick will work, so the maximum memory is 20GB total (at least until someone is crazy enough to test a 32GB stick ). And no, you don't need to open the machine to know that most 2280 size M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD's will work together with the HDD already present. You just have to replace the Intel Optane stick with the NVMe stick and change the BIOS settings as done here.
20GB RAM with Intel: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-IdeaPad-1xx-3xx-5xx-7xx/Ideapad-330S-15IKB-RAM-Question/m-p/4429...
07-08-2019 08:36 AM - edited 07-08-2019 08:38 AM
Since the device supports Optane and has a PCIe slot (Optane is PCIe x4 if I recall correctly), yes you can install a PCIe SSD in it. It most likely is x4, although that information is nowhere to be found. Install one and find out with AS SSD benchmark or CrystalDiskMark.
07-08-2019 11:02 AM - edited 07-08-2019 11:04 AM
Yes it's x4. I am using the 16GB Optane stick as a standard SSD drive with LinuxMint installed on it. Read performance was benchmarked at a consistent 950MBps using Gnome-disks. Why not faster? I don't know. I have not messed around with it.
But the linux app "hardinfo" shows two PCI devices and one is x4.
07-08-2019 11:04 AM
You do know that 950 MB/s is the amount that a single lane can deliver, right? Do you have any more benchmarks of your Optane drive? Did you perhaps test any other actual SSDs?
07-08-2019 11:09 AM - edited 07-08-2019 11:10 AM
yes, I know. I've not tested any other M.2 drives as I don't have any yet. The Samsung EVO 850 2.5" SATA that's also running on this notebook has average read of 550MB/s. Still, that tells us nothing. I need to boot into windows to make further tests.
07-08-2019 12:02 PM - edited 07-08-2019 12:02 PM
Looks like it's currently running in x2 mode. Not sure if this is due to the Optane drive or a BIOS setting or what?...
07-08-2019 12:05 PM
I looked on the Intel webpage and found out that Optane SSDs (or at least your specific model) is just PCIe x2.