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im2eric
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Message 41 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

When you need a drive caddy to add additional space check out NewmodeUS. I've gotten a couple caddies for Lenovo & Dell laptops. Fit & finish is excellent and less expensive than buying from the mfgr.

 

I can't see a benefit in the Samsung 850 Pro. I have one at 250Gb and a 500Gb EVO (boot and data). Performance benchmarks are almost identical & more often than not the EVO is faster. And the EVO is always less expensive. Just looking for some insight.

 

If you can open a catsup bottle you probably have the skills to change memory and ssd. Other components are more touchy but these are designed to easily replaceable.

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Anonymous_User
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Message 42 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Microprocessor = CPU?

 

And "FRU service is generally meant for service technicians" means I cannot replace myself and need to send back to Lenovo for upgrade?

 

The informations you provided is useful, thanks

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Message 43 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Microprocessor = CPU.

FRUs are still replaceable, but will in principle void your warranty if you do it yourself.

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Message 44 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Yes, that make sense. If I don't wanna void the warranty, can I let Lenovo to do that?

 

 

And, will I be able to replace with any CPU?

 

In the Lenovo product config page, I have only few options:

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/w-series/w541/

 

  • Intel Core i7-4710MQ Processor
  • Intel Core i7-4810MQ Processor
  • Intel Core i7-4910MQ Processor
  • Intel Core i7-4940MX Processor Extreme Edition

 

But it is a QM87 chipset, according to http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-Intel_(chipsets)/QM87.html

i7-4930MX is supported in this chipset.  And more options

 

My question is, when I am doing the upgrade (choosing CPU), do I refer to lenovo page or the CPU-upgrade page?

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Message 45 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Thanks to customer feedback, Lenovo now offers the W541 laptop with up to 32GB of memory.

 

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/w-series/w541/#tab-tech_specs

 

Thank you,

PulloSagata
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Message 46 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

umm Lenovo has been offering the W541 with 32gb configurations for quite some time now. 

write2srik
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Message 47 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

Hi,

 

@GatsbyGlen - Which RAM did you install in your machine?  

DDR3L 1866 (PC3L 14900)  

OR 

DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800),

as you said there was a review comment from a newegg user that the higher clocked RAM didnot work with W541. 

 

Thanks,

Srik

GatsbyGlen
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Message 48 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM


@write2srik wrote:

Hi,

 

@GatsbyGlen - Which RAM did you install in your machine?  

DDR3L 1866 (PC3L 14900)  

OR 

DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800),

as you said there was a review comment from a newegg user that the higher clocked RAM didnot work with W541. 

 

Thanks,

Srik


I went with 12800. The following product specifically,

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148730

 

 

jerry6
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Message 49 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

I'm using G Skill , has always worked well in my laptops desktops , plus the price is right .
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231705
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Message 50 of 51

Re: W541 - Replace SSD and RAM

How about the CPUs, do we have the option of the 6th gen i7?

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