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Whizzkid23
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T430 needs RAM upgrade?

Hi, 

 

I have been using my laptop (T430) for the past 5 years with no problems. I have also used for video recording and editing at which point my laptop has become really slow. I have problems (real slow computer now!) even launching Google Chrome. I have a 4GB RAM on my Lenovo T430 with an i5 processor running Windows 10. I am considering a RAM upgrade. I would like to know if this is the right way to go. I really want to see that speed back on my laptop. 

 

Please let me know your suggestions/comments/

 

Thanks,

Jai

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Re: T430 needs RAM upgrade?

Hi Jai,

 

Welcome to Lenovo Community! And happy to have you here.

 

As I understand that you are facing slow system issue with your T430.

According to psref it can handle 16GB max / PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3, non-parity, 

Also to add on you can even install SSD in your system so it will increase the system startup speed. For reference check this thread

 

I hope the above information helped you

Please feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!

 

Regards,
Prabhansh
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Re: T430 needs RAM upgrade?

Thank you for your reply.

 

Is it advisable to just upgrade the RAM and not worry about the SSD for now? I do not want to mess with the hard drive. Would you also know if it is advisable to purchase the RAM from Amazon or Newegg etc?

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Re: T430 needs RAM upgrade?

Yes, it would be ok if you are purchasing the RAM with matching specs. 

 

Prabhansh

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Re: T430 needs RAM upgrade?

Avoid RAM described as "Value" as there have been compatibility problems.


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Re: T430 needs RAM upgrade?

Please let me know where I can find the specs for the RAM. I have never been involved with this before. Treat me as "newbie" before you go nuts.

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Re: T430 needs RAM upgrade?

Most of us don't go nuts.  (You could argue that we are nuts to start with.)

 

You need 204-pin SO-DIMM memory.  DDR3 (1.5V) is what the machine came with, but DDR3L (1.35V) should work also.  The recommended speed is 1600 mHz (PC3-12800).  The maximum RAM is 2 X 8GB=16GB


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Re: T430 needs RAM upgrade?

Hey again, 

 

Here's the few link of RAM which you can purchase & it will work fine with your system. 

  • 8GB Memory SODIMM DDR3-1600-PC3 12800 - purchase link
  • 4GB Memory SODIMM DDR3-1600-PC3 12800 - purchase link

Do let us know if you have any further query.

 

Cheers

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Whizzkid23
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Re: T430 needs RAM upgrade?

If I am understanding this correctly, there are 2 slots on the T430 Laptop which allows me to install 16GB RAM. Does this also include the 4GB RAM it came with (making it 20 GB in total)? Please advise.

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Re: T430 needs RAM upgrade?

Yes, there are two slots in your system and it is bundled with 4GB RAM, you can use either 4GBx2=8GB in two slots or 8GBx2=16GB.

Max you can upgrade upto 16 GB, two sticks of 8GB in both slots. and in order to do that you have to remove the 4GB RAM which is bundled with system. 

Sorry if I was not precise enough in previous replies.

 

I hope the above information helped you

Please feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!

 

Regards,
Prabhansh
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