OVER JUICING THE RAM OF MY LAPTOP - is it the right thing to do?

Started Jan 17, 2013 | Questions thread
Jim Cockfield
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Re: OVER JUICING THE RAM OF MY LAPTOP - is it the right thing to do?
In reply to SMSab, Jan 17, 2013

Just should work fine in it:

This memory is reported to work fine in Dell Models (Vostro, Latitude, XPS, etc.) using Sandy Bridge Chipsets (even though Dell claims they're limited to 8GB using 2x4GB), 2x8GB (16GB total) will work in them.

Patriot Part Number PSD316G1333SK

It's 2x8GB of 1.5v 1333Mhz DDR3 (same speed as your Dell shipped with) with CL9 latency.

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Memory-Signature-1333MHz-PSD316G1333SK/dp/B005MOWF3O/ 

Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-220-621

I've also seen Dell owners say this memory works.

Corsair Part Number CMSX16GX3M2A1600C10

It's 2x8GB of 1.5v 1600Mhz DDR3 with CL10 latency (using 10-10-10-27 timing).

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Laptop-Memory-CMSX16GX3M2A1600C10/dp/B0076W9Q5A

Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233265

Personally, I'd just stick with the less expensive 1333Mhz memory, as faster memory is not going to make any difference will real world app performance, and the Sandy Bridge CPUs were only designed to support 1333Mhz (and 1333Mhz is what Dell shipped with your Vostro 3450, too).

I'd also update your BIOS to the latest A13 version first, just to be on the safe side, as I have seen some users say they needed A10 or later for some 2x8GB kits to work in some of the memory feedback on vendor sites. But, that appears to be disputed by some other Dell owners (saying 2x8GB worked with earlier BIOS versions, too).

In any event, I'd update the BIOS anyway, as the updates along the way are designed to fix bugs. Just download this file and run it to do a BIOS update. I'd probably close any other software running first.

https://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails/Product/vostro-3450?driverId=8KFVJ 

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