02-19-2015 09:24 AM
I'm interested in getting the W541, but with the cheapest drive and RAM. I'd like to get my own and use that. I was thinking of going with Crucial. I also thought about Corsair, but have heard potential issues with that brand. As for an SSD, perhaps the Samsung 850 Pro, or with Crucial as well. I'm also considering removing the optical drive and going with another SSD.
Thoughts? Any potential issues I need to be aware of? Does Lenovo provide the OS key for me to reinstall? I would like to start with my own clean install.
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02-19-2015 10:46 AM
02-19-2015 12:52 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I do plan on using Win 8.1 Pro x64, so that is what I will order. I am assuming all 4 memory slots are available to change? Just want to make sure one isn't integrated into the motherboard or something. I plan to buy 4 x 8GB chips.
02-19-2015 01:01 PM
02-19-2015 03:47 PM
Thanks again for the info. I'm looking at the following memory from Crucial.
Although DDR3-1600 is probably good enough
02-19-2015 04:00 PM
02-19-2015 04:18 PM
02-21-2015 06:47 PM
02-21-2015 08:18 PM
I think I will go with the PC3 12800. There is a comment on Newegg about the higher clocked RAM not working with the W540, and the person had to replace with the 12800. See below from http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G28M5356
Not Compatible with ThinkPad W540
This review is from: Crucial Ballistix Sport SODIMM 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Laptop Memory Model BLS2K8G3N18AES4
Pros: Nice, reusable packaging.
Cons: Didn't work in a ThinkPad W540 despite the fact that Crucial.com indicates "Guaranteed-compatible with the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 (Quad Core)"
Other Thoughts: I experienced POST failures and memory errors using Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3L-1866 CL10 (PC3-14900) in a ThinkPad W540 with the latest BIOS v2.09. I exchanged the SODIMMS for Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3L-1600 CL9 (PC3-12800) and these pass repeated, extended memory tests in Lenovo diag's and pass Win-8 mem' test. While the Crucial.com memory finder did "guarantee" compatibility of DDR3L-1866 memory for W540 my experience has shown that it is not compatible. Big thanks to NewEgg for an easy return process.