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upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-13, 13:08 PM

Would it be possible to upgrade the SSD of the X1 carbon to 512 gb, and RAM to 16 GB manually? How hard would that be, if possible?

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Re: upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-13, 13:27 PM

You can use up to a a 256GB SSD.  The RAM is built into the motherboard.

 

Here is the parts detail for the system board:

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=PD025222

 

This is the parts detail for the SSD:

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=PD025211

 

And here is the Hardware Removal and Installation Index that shows customer replaceable units:

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=PD025205

 

The Hardware Maintenance Manual for the X1 Carbon is not out yet, but here is the HMM for the X1 and X1 Hybrid: 

http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0a60867_04.pdf

 

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Re: upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-13, 13:22 PM
ram is soldered like retina MBP, ssd is removable, but not in the normal format you find on the open market.
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Re: upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-13, 13:27 PM

You can use up to a a 256GB SSD.  The RAM is built into the motherboard.

 

Here is the parts detail for the system board:

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=PD025222

 

This is the parts detail for the SSD:

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=PD025211

 

And here is the Hardware Removal and Installation Index that shows customer replaceable units:

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=PD025205

 

The Hardware Maintenance Manual for the X1 Carbon is not out yet, but here is the HMM for the X1 and X1 Hybrid: 

http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0a60867_04.pdf

 

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Re: upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-14, 2:05 AM

Ron, could one remove the wireless WAN card and install an mSATA SSD in that spot instead?

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Re: upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-14, 11:34 AM

Wow. I was almost going to order the X1 Carbon with 4GB as it is the only option available now, planning to upgrade later.

When will the 8GB option be available? Sad that there is no 16GB at least...

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Re: upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-14, 13:43 PM

Arthur,

 

Yes you can.  It comes with a PCI Express Mini Card for WWAN and can be replaced with an mSATA SSD.  The removal/installation instructions are in the Hardware Installation link in my previous post.  Also, you can upgrade to a model with 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and Intel Core i7 processor.  (From what I'm seeing online, the i5 processor is the only one that supports 8GB RAM so far.)

 

Here is the product detail sheet:

 

http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/thinkpad/x-series/x1-carbon/

 

I think it goes on sale on August 21st directly from Lenovo, and also through the company's regular retail channels, such as Amazon and Newegg in the United States.

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Re: upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-15, 6:00 AM

Ron,

 

on another discussion:

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/X1-Carbon-8Gb-option-incompatible-with-i7-option/td-p/829183

 

it seems like we won't be able to order 8GB of RAM if we go with the i7 processor... least in the near future.

one person provided a link to an X1 Carbon spec sheet that shows for memory up to 8GB with the 3rd gen i5-3427u

http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/pdf/system_data/x1_carbon_tech_specs.pdf

 

when you say we can "upgrade" to a model with 8GB, 256GB SSD, i7... am I correct in thinking you are actually saying we will be able to (some time in the future) purchase a model with those specs.

 

When you use the term upgrade, to me that means replaceable component. Correct me if I'm wrong but we can't upgrade the existing RAM the unit came with because its soldered in.  Also while a 128GB SSD could be replaced with a 256GB version,  the SSD in the X1 Carbon is not in the standard 2.5" SSD form factor.  (we could probably buy a X1 compatible 256GB SSD from Lenovo but if I were going to do that I would have saved some money and bought the 256GB version installed.)

 

 

 

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Re: upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-15, 7:32 AM

Is the SSD a mSATA unit or is the formfactor unique?  In looking at the page on how to remove the SSD it doesn't appear to have two holes for screws the way most mSATA that I've seen available.

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Re: upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-15, 13:06 PM

Archie7,

 

What I meant by 'upgrade' is customize.  The SSD is not the same form factor as a an mSATA.  I'm sure the engineers are working on a way to have 8GB in the i7 model.

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Re: upgrading ram/ssd on x1 carbon

2012-08-15, 18:31 PM

Wow, now I'm completely disappointed in my order of the i7. 4G of non-upgradeable RAM is ridiculous. I'm disappointed too in the SSD upgrade options but with USB 3.0, I can live with external storage. Seriously considering canceling the order and living with my ASUS.

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