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Thinkpad L460 Core i3 2.3Gh 500HD 4GB Ram - Slow / Upgrade Ram options

2018-04-10, 20:27 PM

Hello!

 

I bought a brand new L460 with the following specs:

 

Intel Core i3 6th gen

2.3Gh

4GB Ram

500 Gb Hd

Windows 10 pro

 

I am experiencing some problems with speed, Is basically impossible to multitask. Is freezing after using Spotify, Office (Word Excel) and Chrome at the same time. I need to restart.

 

My questions are:

 

Is this normal? What should I do?

Is a Ram upgrade a solution? If I do this, what kind of specs do I need to know before buying the extra memory?

Do I keep the guarantee if I add more Ram?

 

I hope someone could help me with this subjetct. Thank you!

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Re: Thinkpad L460 Core i3 2.3Gh 500HD 4GB Ram - Slow / Upgrade Ram options

2018-04-10, 22:16 PM

You will see the most difference if you replace your HDD with an SSD. Windows 10 is extremely sluggish on HDDs. An SSD will transform your experience.

 

To upgrade to an SSD you have two options.

Either replace your 2.5 HDD with a 2.5 SATA SSD. I would advise at least 250GB of space since this will be your only drive. They are about £65 ($75). This is the simplest option.

 

Or add an M.2 SATA 2242 SSD in the WWAN port. This will allow you to keep your 500GB HDD in place and have two drives, one for OS (the SSD) and one for data (the HDD). This is the best option.

 

As far as RAM goes, yes, 4GB is not cutting it these days. You can youtube tests with systems with 4,8 and 16GB of RAM to see the difference. Going from 4 to 8 will make a difference. I doubt you need more than 8GB. 

 

You laptop supports up to 32GB of RAM (2x 16GB modules). RAM is currently very expensive but you can buy it cheaper on ebay.

 

You need PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3L (non-ECC, non parity) modules. 

 

Before you go shopping, download an app like CPU-Z (https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html) and run it to see what RAM you currently have installed. I would expect a single 4GB module in there. Go to the SPD page and see if you have both Slot #1 and Slot #2 populated and write down the Module size, bandwidth, manufacturer and part number. If you only have one 4GB module, all you need to add is a second 4GB module. They are not that expensive (shop around, but check ebay too). 

 

Ideally you need identical RAM module to the one you have. So look for the part number and buy the same part number.

 

With an SSD and 8GB of RAM your system will be completely transformed. 

 

 

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Re: Thinkpad L460 Core i3 2.3Gh 500HD 4GB Ram - Slow / Upgrade Ram options

2018-04-11, 17:38 PM
Thank you for your answer!
I´ve been searching, for the M.2 SATA 2242 SSD, 128GB is enough? Is there any brand that you would recommend? Could I have any compatibility issues with the SSD and the WWAN port?

About the memory, here the specs:
Slot #3
DDR3
4GB
PC#-12800 (800 MHz)
Samsung
Rank:Single

Then, I should buy the same right? A single 4Gb
Do you know if I keep the guarantee if I use this items?

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Re: Thinkpad L460 Core i3 2.3Gh 500HD 4GB Ram - Slow / Upgrade Ram options

2018-04-11, 17:44 PM
https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.mx/MLM-554550062-memoria-ram-samsung-4gb-ddr3-pc3l-12800s-m471b5173db0-yk0-_JM
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Re: Thinkpad L460 Core i3 2.3Gh 500HD 4GB Ram - Slow / Upgrade Ram options

2018-04-11, 19:59 PM

Is this US dollars???????

 

 

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2018-04-11, 20:02 PM
Sorry! No, is Mexican currency. In USD should be around $45
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Re: Thinkpad L460 Core i3 2.3Gh 500HD 4GB Ram - Slow / Upgrade Ram options

2018-04-11, 20:51 PM

Ok, it is still expensive. The module is the correct one, but I would expect prices closer to the USD 30 mark (or less) 

https://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-M471B5173QH0-YK0-PC3-12800-512MBX64-512MX8/dp/B00T592DGG/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523479807&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=samsung+dd3l+4gb

 

As far as warranty goes, Thinkpads allow you to replace almost anything without breaching the warranty. So there's no concern there.

 

As for the SSD, buy the largest you can afford. Again, shop around. I've seen 256GB for $80 or less on Amazon. 

 

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Re: Thinkpad L460 Core i3 2.3Gh 500HD 4GB Ram - Slow / Upgrade Ram options

2018-05-20, 17:42 PM
Hi again!

I bought the RAM module, and I had to return it. Here the specs that I found on CPU-Z:

Slot #3
Module size: 4Gb
Max bandwidth: PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
Manufacturer: Samsung
Part Number: M471B5173DB0-YK0
Voltage: 1.35V

My question is, what is the difference between PC3 and PC3L?

I have found the module, but is PC3L and not PC3 as I understand is the one my thinkpad has.

https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.mx/MLM-626414625-memoria-ram-interna-de-4-gb-samsung-m471b5173db0-yk0-_JM

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