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JamieEdwardsWCR
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Lenovo Thinkpad T410 RAM Upgrade

Hi guys and/or girls, I am working on upgrading a business laptop which happens to be the Lenovo Thinkpad T410, now im putting an 250GB 850 Evo to replace the INSANELY SLOW HDD, however i am also upgrading the system from windows 7 and upgrading the RAM, now here is where i need help, I am going to be installing a 2x4GB kit of Corsair Vengence SODIMM, however I am unsure whether i should go for the DDR3 1600 kit or the DDR3L 2133 kit, now these are both the same price so the obvious pick would be the DDR3L due to the lower power draw and higher frequency, but the current memory installeld is only 1333, however the laptop is documented to work with 1600 so i know this isn't a problem, however I am unsure if it would even correctly downclock the 2133 or would it simply refuse to post, as well as this, would the laptop still attempt to send 1.5v to the memory or will it automatically do 1.35v as required by the DDR3L, oh how i do wish laptops all offered an "advanced" section within the BIOS which would allow me to tweak all of this stuff, however the only thing the bios lets me do with memory is set an extended mem test during boot which obviously is no help. 

 

Thanks for your help 

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 RAM Upgrade

If they're the same price, go for the higher one in case you need to use it in a different machine later.

DDR3L by it's standard must be able to accept DDR3 voltage; the chip can run at 1.35V if the motherboard and chipset allow for it; otherwise, it will run at the usual 1.5. On the T410, this means the latter so you won't be seeing the lower power consumption.

The 2133MHz RAM should also be able to downclock as necessary; it should have more than one clock profile built in.

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 RAM Upgrade

Thanks, looks like I will be going for the 2133 stuff as for some reason it is cheaper

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 RAM Upgrade


@JamieEdwardsWCR wrote:

Thanks, looks like I will be going for the 2133 stuff as for some reason it is cheaper


With this generation ThinkPad I'm more conservative choosing RAM, since these ThinkPads are quite picky memory-wise.

 

If I were you I would pick DDR3-10600, 1.5v RAM modules, avoiding any 12800 or higher models, (although Corsair Vengeance RAM normally do work well with 12800 modules). Of course YMMV.

 

Also avoid any no-name RAM and any memory that has the word "Value Select" or "Value RAM" on it.

 

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 RAM Upgrade

Thanks, however i do believe that things will all be okay as i am going to be using Corsair Vengeance stuff and as previously stated the memory can simply select a different profile, i am sure that this laptop will not be anywhere near as picky with memory as my Ryzen system!
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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T410 RAM Upgrade

 Good luck and keep us posted how it goes! Smiley Happy

 

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