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W series - more than 8gb possible (with a 64bit os, of course)

2009-03-06, 18:27 PM

What is the maximum memory that the W-series can use?  I know 8gb is the published figure, but I ask because I am deciding between a W-series vs. Dell M6400 16gb-capable notebook.  Are all W-series really limitted to 8gb?


(And I should ask in general - can any thinkpads reach 16gb ram?)

   John G.

 

background note: I need to run several virtual machines for doing server development, and I travel a lot, so having everything in one machine would be worth the cost of 4gb x 1 ddr3 sodimms to me when they become available.

 

 

 

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Re: W series - more than 8gb possible (with a 64bit os, of course)

2009-03-06, 19:08 PM

as i understand it, the dell uses four memory slots.   the W700 only has two.   the only way the W700 can or will support 16GB is if 8GB SODIMMs are released to market.   i personally have no knowledge of if or when this may (or may not) happen.

 

for the same reason, no current thinkpad can reach 16GB.

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Re: W series - more than 8gb possible (with a 64bit os, of course)

2009-03-06, 19:08 PM

as i understand it, the dell uses four memory slots.   the W700 only has two.   the only way the W700 can or will support 16GB is if 8GB SODIMMs are released to market.   i personally have no knowledge of if or when this may (or may not) happen.

 

for the same reason, no current thinkpad can reach 16GB.

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Re: W series - more than 8gb possible (with a 64bit os, of course)

2009-03-06, 19:50 PM
Ahh... that makes perfect sense.  Thank you, Erik.
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Re: W series - more than 8gb possible (with a 64bit os, of course)

2009-03-15, 5:22 AM

16GB of RAM in a notebook is over kill at this point in time. I don't even see people using 16GB of RAM on their desktops yet, even 8GB is still fairly rare. You should be more than happy with 8GB if you can aford it. :)

 

There is a huge jump in performance with Vista x64 when you go from 2 to 8GB of RAM, and very little performance gain going from 2 to 4GB.

 

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Re: W series - more than 8gb possible (with a 64bit os, of course)

2009-03-16, 11:55 AM

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16GB of RAM in a notebook is over kill at this point in time. I don't even see people using 16GB of RAM on their desktops yet, even 8GB is still fairly rare. You should be more than happy with 8GB if you can aford it. :)

 

There is a huge jump in performance with Vista x64 when you go from 2 to 8GB of RAM, and very little performance gain going from 2 to 4GB.

 

A.

 


I do agree that few people need more then 8gb of ram and a lot of people will probably do just fine with 4gb as well, but it really depend of the usage of the computer. There is no fixed settings that is correct for everyone. In cases where 4gb is enough, but 2gb is not enough with regards to the memory usage i think the performance gain is definitely worth the upgrade cost and it will be more then a very little performance gain. Of course 8gb would be even better when using Vista.

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Re: W series - more than 8gb possible (with a 64bit os, of course)

2009-03-16, 12:35 PM

leathal wrote:

I don't even see people using 16GB of RAM on their desktops yet, even 8GB is still fairly rare.


i have 16GB in my ThinkStation D10 and know of a lot of other D10 owners who have 16, 24, and 32GB.   granted, that's not technically a desktop... it's a workstation. ;)

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Re: W series - more than 8gb possible (with a 64bit os, of course)

2009-03-16, 18:56 PM

A ThinkStation has more power in it for supporting high-end applications, to try and get that into a notebook is simply crazy. The smaller the machine is the more money it's going to cost and the easier it will break from wear and tear! :)

 

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Re: W series - more than 8gb possible (with a 64bit os, of course)

2009-03-17, 19:59 PM

true, but don't forget that the W500 and W700 are quite capable of handling high-end applications. ;)

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