08-29-2019 04:09 PM - edited 08-29-2019 06:19 PM
Hi, I was told to choose a 16GBx2 RAM configuration for better performance on the X1 Extreme. For the P53 and P73, regardless of the CPU, do they take advantage of dual channel or quad channel?
If I want a total of:
which configuration produces the best performance in each case?
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08-29-2019 08:52 PM
The specifications are as follows;
So it is best to install at least two SODIMMs to take advantage of Dual Channel, but as far as what amount of RAM you need, well that would be a decision made based upon budget and what you plan on using the system for.
With 4 RAM slots, you could start with 32GB (2x16GB), and add two more later if needed..
08-30-2019 01:43 AM - edited 08-30-2019 01:44 AM
* Installed DIMMs are actually 2666MHz but run at 2400MHz due to Intel limitation
Probably not true anymore: latest BIOS on P52/P72 allow operation at full 2666 Mhz (requires to reset BIOS setting to defaults).
08-30-2019 02:51 AM - edited 08-30-2019 02:54 AM
Anybody has the machine to confirm this?
If I buy 16GBx2 configuration now and want a total of 64GB later, do I need to get ram of the same specs and RAM from Lenovo? Also, they will be from different bine as the stock ones. Is it better to buy the min ram configuration and buy a new set of 32gb or 64gb from 3rd party? How good are Lenovo RAM com-ared with 3rd parties'?
My desktop has 64gb but I don’t know the thermal and noise of the p53/p73 yet to tell if they are silent enough to do computationally intensive simulations. Any suggestion?
08-31-2019 07:17 AM
There are two unused RAM slots when the bottom of the P53 is opened. It seems that the other two slots (each with 16GB installed) are on the other side of the motherboard. Is it difficult to access those two hidden slots? It seems that I may need to remove the motherboard. If getting a new P53, I wonder if it is better to get the smallest RAM size and upgrade it myself vs. buying 16GBx2 configurtion from Lenovo and get another 16GBx2 from 3rd party. Concerned about compatibility issue since the RAM are from different manufacturers and probably have slightly different specs. Any suggestion?
08-31-2019 08:10 AM
"Is it hard" type questions are impossible to answer. What is hard for one person is easy for another. Here is the manual so you can decide.
The motherboard doesn't come out - just the keyboard
09-23-2019 06:33 AM
Is it really true that putting two larger capacity RAM modules while leving the other two slots empty in these laptops leads to the same performance as putting smaller capacity RAM modules in all four slots?
09-23-2019 09:03 PM
You might be interrested in this recent thread. It's for a different machine, but the memory situation is similar.
The result will be the same.
10-28-2019 06:19 PM
Have you been able to confirm that mixing different manufacturers but using same size and type memory is ok and will preserve Dual Channel function?
I have a P53 on the way and am also wondering whether i can just use 3rd party RAM for the empty slots and mirror what's in the factory-filled slots, or do i have to use the same manufacturer Lenovo uses?
10-28-2019 07:02 PM
You can get RAM from the same manufacturer if you want, but it is not required just so long as the RAM you buy is compatible with your system as shown below from the Psref. The size of the new RAM also does not have to match the existing pair, so if shipped with 16GB (2x8GB), you could add 32GB (2x16GB) modules for instance.
I have have both Hynix (original) and Crucial (Micron) mixed on my system with no issues, and I have found Crucial to be a reliable source with good support.
Per the parts list for the P53, your new system could ship with RAM manufactured by either Samsung, Hynix, Crucial (Micron) or Ramaxel, so any of those brands are a good choice.
Once you get your new system, a free tool from PassMark called RAMMon will tell you exactly what brand etc. of the RAM that shipped with your system if you are interested.
P53 Memory Specifications
128GB max / 2666MHz DDR4 (ECC function supported only on Xeon processor), dual-channel capable, four DDR4 SO-DIMM sockets