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M17x r1 RAM types

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by ID4, Jun 15, 2010.

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  1. ID4

    ID4 Notebook Guru

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    Hi guys

    How many ram slots does the M17x have? 4?
     
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    2, 8gb (4x2) ddr3 up to 1.333ghz
     
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    ddr3 SODIMM, I suppose?

    I need more ram, because 4gb is just barely enough for video editing and 3d rendering. I want to check with my local gadget/computer stores if they have better prices than Dell, the problem is that Im not quite sure what to ask for since there are so many ram variations.
     
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    yup, DDR3 204pin SODIMM.

    I wouldn't pay more than $350 in-store for 8GB of DDR1333 since it can be had for ~ $250-300 online(www.newegg.com). I feel you about dell. $800 for ram is insane.
     
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    Thanks for the help. Yeah, dell prices are crazy.

    By the way, I remember reading about a big arguement between the 1333MHz standard vs 1066MHz, and that since the mobile quad core2's FSB clocks in at 1066MHz, the 1333MHz RAM modules were redundant. I will most likely need to remove my current modules because I strongly suspect they are 2x2GB modules, and replace them with 2x4GB of either 1333MHz or 1066MHz.

    I dont know who won the discussion, which standard should I go for?
     
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    unless you are overclocking or bragging to your friends, ddr1333 is a waste.
     
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    No plans of OC'ing, I use the machine for lots of 3d rendering, so I favour system stabillity rather than a small speed bonus.

    I am on the verge of buying right now, but do you know why these Mushkin and Corsair units are priced so differently?? The specs look identical.

    Mushkin: Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model 996644

    Corsair: Newegg.com - CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Laptop Memory Model CM3X8GSDKIT1066 G
     
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    different brands. quality of components(although afaik both have LLWs)

    the mushkin is fine, corsair is a top tier manufacturer, they manufacture their own units and qc test them more extensively. some oems only reccomend corsair for the computers, so that's what you pay for. several people here have run the mushkin without issue so again, you're ok.
     
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    Anyone knows the Ram model on R2? I'm thinking of upgrading my stock 2x2 from Dell to 2x4 (8GB is overkill) so I want to keep one 2GB stock and add a 4GB aftermarket to save some $. Do I need the same type as my 2GB now? What is that model and where can I buy it?
     
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    You don't need the same brand. I'd just get some DDR1333 and it will SPD down to 1066 if that's what you have anyway. That way when you want 8GB you get more ram, and it will be faster. ;)
    the M17X has a pretty forgiving BIOS as far as being picky about ram fortunatly.

    just make sure it's name brand and not some no-name ebay garbage, and you'll be fine.
     
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