Memory advice for M18XR2

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  1. capitainealbator

    capitainealbator Notebook Geek

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    Hello!
    I'm french and I need an advice please:
    I've got an old (but totally new) M18XR2 with a i7-3940XM (just received)and a crossfire of 7970M ,

    I would like to upgrade it to 32GB memory (actually, I have 4GB+2GB little modules at 1600Mhz).
    I know there's 4 memory bank modules in this laptop.
    What's the best memory upgrade to mount in it? I read that Corsair Vengeance 1866Mhz wasn't a really good choice....

    Thanks very much for your help,
    Best regards from France.
    Capt'ain
     
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  2. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    Any 32GB (4x8GB) 1600MHZ DDR3L kit will work fine.

    1866Mhz and 2133Mhz modules can work too but unless you find them cheaper, it's better to just go for 1600Mhz kits.
     
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  3. capitainealbator

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    Thanks but with an overclock of the 3940XM, what would be the best choice?

    Does the M18X R2 support 2x16GB kits or only 4x8GB kits?
     
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    No one has ever tested 2x16GB kits in the M18xR2. At the time they were not available until now.

    You would be a brave soul if you tried it but if you are going to try it I highly recommend buying from a reseller that has good return policy.

    I don't think they will boot but you never know. [Make sure you are on the A11 unlocked BIOS, it may help]

    4x8GB works fine. Overclock will not affect which RAM you can use. 1600/1866/2133 whichever you can find cheaper is fine. If I can do it all over, i'd go with 2133Mhz or at least 1866Mhz for a slight performance increase.
     
  5. capitainealbator

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    Ok Thanks very much and so, if you have the money, which 4x8GB kit would you choose in 1866Mhz or 2133Mhz? :)
     
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  6. Maxware79

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    I just learned today that the M18x supported DDR3L memory.....D'oh!

    Is 2133 plug and play or would I have to mess with things in the BIOS?
     
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    I wondered that too, and am pondering getting 2x16GB sticks, so if anyone has done this would be great to hear it!
     
  8. Maxware79

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    I have 2 x 8gb 1866 in the drawer so I'll just throw these in when I put it all back together. 2133MHz DDR3L is crazy expensive down here and the extra gain would be minimal.
     
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