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  1. austinpinto

    austinpinto Thread Starter

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    hi all.
    i am back with my dell inspiron 3551 laptop and questions.
    i upgraded it with crucial bx500 and it has become fast.
    i think i can improve it more by going from 4gb ram to 8gbram.
    the laptop has Intel Pentium n3540 4 core cpu, 4gb ram and crucial bx500 ssd.
    the cpu spec sheet at.
    https://ark.intel.com/content/www/u...-processor-n3540-2m-cache-up-to-2-66-ghz.htmlsays it supports 8gb ddr3 l 1333 ram.
    dell website and crucial parts compatibility says it can only support 4gb ram.
    what should i do.
    should i go with cpu spec sheet or should i go with dell and crucial specs.
    and which ram should i take.
    since i am from India i shop at.
    https://www.flipkart.com
    or.
    https://www.amazon.in
    so please give links from these websites.
    thanks a lot.
    i have done all upgrades after asking this forum.
    sometimes i feel not to put more money into this laptop and go for a new one.
    but then i think the laptop is in prime condition and in spite of being over 3 years old is on its original battery.
     
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    Dell Inspiron 15 3551 (support site)

    According to its support site, that model laptop supports a maximum of 4 GB(2 GB X 2) of DDR3L-1333 RAM.

    The 3558 model (which you don't have) with the same Intel processor supports 8 GB(4 GB X 2).

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  3. austinpinto

    austinpinto Thread Starter

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    ya but the cpu spec sheet says it supports upto 8gb ram.
    my laptops service tag is 2WTQK52
    will it be good if i go with the cpu spec sheet other than dell support site?
     
  4. flavallee

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    That processor supports 8 GB of RAM, but that depends on which model computer it's in.
    That processor is in a 3551, so it supports only 4 GB.
    If it had been in a 3558, it would support 8 GB.

    According to your service tag number, you have THIS Dell Inspiron 3551 laptop.
    The specifications in its manual confirms it supports a maximum of 4 GB of DDR3L-1333 RAM.

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  5. crjdriver

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    No. Just because the cpu memory controller can support a given amount of memory does NOT mean the motherboard can support that amount of memory.
     
  6. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    As my colleagues have said and to help you be convinced
    Inspiron 15-3551
    Inspiron 15-3558

    Slots
    Inspiron 15-3551
    One SODIMM slot
    2 GB and 4 GB
    Inspiron 15-3558
    Two SODIMM slots
    2 GB, 4 GB, 6 GB, and 8 GB
    Type
    DDR3L

    Your motherboard has only ONE ram slot and therefore the max is 4GB
    The other board has TWO slots and even in that board the max per slot is 4GB
     
  7. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Mark the topic solved please
    click mark solved on your opening post
     
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