01-04-2009 01:08 PM
I added a 2 gig card to the 2 gigs that came with my new x300. This shows up as 4 gigs when I look during startup, but as 3 gigs when I check it in ThinkVantage - Show system information. Is my laptop accessing the whole 4 gigs?
01-04-2009 01:17 PM
I was just about to post a similar question regarding memory on my X301. I believe what you are seeing is a limitation in Windows XP. Windows XP can only support approximately 3.5 GB of ram. In order to use the full 4 GB you would need to upgrade to one of the Vista based Windows or use one of the Linux distrubutions.
Disregarding the limitation of OS, what is the maximum memory the X300/X301 can support hardware wise? I saw a post mentioning something about more than 4 GB but I can no longer find it.
01-04-2009 02:28 PM
01-04-2009 04:48 PM
It's not a limitation of XP, it's a limitation of any 32-bit OS, which can only address 4GB.
this is true except for the 32-bit versions of windows 2000 advanced server, 2000 datacenter server, server 2003, and server 2008. they can address a full 4GB (or more) of system memory depending on the version.
01-04-2009 08:14 PM - edited 01-26-2012 06:12 AM
the X300 can address 8GB total using two 4GB DDR2-667 modules.
the X301 will be able to address 16GB total using two 8GB DDR3-1066 modules (although these haven't been released yet).
update: the X301 cannot address 8GB modules per a limitation in the chipset. initial information on this was incorrect. apologies for the confusion.
07-08-2009 12:14 PM
Thanks for the info! That's great news that 16GB is addressable by the x301 with a 64-bit OS. Would you be able to provide the supporting documentation for that? I haven't been able to track down anything on it.
Another question: I've heard that using faster memory with higher cas latency can also boost performance a bit. Do you know if that's true in general and in particular for the x301? Can it support faster memory, i.e. DDR3-1333, and might that boost performance?
I'm assuming, of course, that adding more or faster memory than Lenovo's specifications could void the warranty.
07-09-2009 10:12 AM
To get the benefit of faster memory you will have to adjust the memory clock speed or timings in the BIOS. As far as I can see, like most laptops the Lenovo BIOS doesn't allow these adjustments, so the 'faster' memory cannot run any faster than the standard chips. Remember also that extra memory chips will take extra current and therefore reduce battery life - I'm not aware of any actual measurements for this.