T61 Max Ram?

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  1. BaldwinHillsTrojan

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    Is it 4GB total or 4GB per slot? So 8GB is the upper bound? I use the origincal 1GB Hynix and 2GB from Crucial. Was is the benefit of going up to 4GB on W7X64? to 8GB any benefit? Not a gamer not a video person. But hard core Excel usage.
     
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    Intel says the maximum that the PM965 chipset can support is 4gb (total).
    But many people have reported that 8gb works (6gb also confirmed).

    So depending on your BIOS, your notebook could work with 8gb.
    But if you want to be able to use more than 3.5gb you need to install a 64bit OS (win vista 64 bit or win7 64 bit are great, 64bit xp is not good).

    I recommend 4gb, you will not notice the difference between that and 8gb.
    Will you notice the difference going from 3gb to 4gb, no.

    Not worth it unless you install a 64bit OS, even then you wouldn't notice it.
     
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    Just stick with your 3GB. I doubt you're maxing that out from your usage.
     
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    There has been new memory released that the T61p supports. The t61 currently supports 8 gigabytes of it. I do not know anything about proper bios support. I've had 64 bits OS's installed since they were offered but I have never installed more than 4 gigs of memory.
    Renee
     
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    Officially, it is 4GB total. Unofficially, it is 4GB per slot. I installed 2x4GB last week, and all works great.
    The extra memory is useful only if you use programs that will utilize it, like Photoshop, AutoCAD. I do not know if Excel can/will use that much memory.
     
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    Excel size will depend on the data file. I have a hard time imagining an excel file size in the gigabyte range.

    Renee
     
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    T61 accepts 8GB fine, but most people would really not need it.
     
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    max memory in the PM965/GM965 is actually 16GB but 8GB DDR2 SODIMMs haven't been mass-produced yet (and may never be).   16GB has been tested in a handful of notebooks at intel according to a contact i have there.

    i have 8GB in my X61s and it works fine.   i've tested my modules in a T61p and it worked fine, too.

    however, it doesn't matter in BaldwinHillsTrojan's case.   excel 2003 and 2007 are both 32-bit applications and therefore limited to utilizing no more than 2GB.   so, even if you installed a 64-bit OS and 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB of memory, excel would still be limited to 2GB.   this won't change unless microsoft makes a 64-bit version of office 2010.   almost all 32-bit apps are limited to using 2GB per app due to how 32-bit application architecture works.   some, but very few, can use 3GB.

    so, this discussion is essentially moot. ;)
     
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    There is however a 64 bit version of Office 2010 coming. It's downloadable from microsoft.com in Beta form right now.
     
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    The T61 does accept 8GB but i heard it will physically be limited to about 6 or 7 because of BIOS
     
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