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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Dell owners here using that memory...
In reply to Jim Cockfield, Jan 17, 2013

MikeFromMesa recently ordered that 2x8GB set of Patriot 1333Mhz Memory with CL9 latency (Patriot Part Number PSD316G1333SK) from amazon and reported it works fine in his Dell XPS 15Z (L502x).

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50562832

You'll also see some posts from Franglais91 in that same thread with a Dell like that working fine with 2x8GB of 1600Mhz Corsair memory (Corsair Part Number CMSX16GX3M2A1600C10) that I linked to.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50572263

He also said it worked with earlier BIOS versions (but, I'd probably update your Dell to the latest A13 BIOS available for it to be safer, as BIOS updates usually improve compatibility and fix bugs).

Both of those laptops use an Intel HM67 Chipset with Sandy Bridge CPUs (the same chipset your Vostro 3450 uses).

As you've already noticed, owners of your Vostro laptop are reporting 2x8GB (16GB total) works in it. That's common with Dell models (they stick with the specs for the memory the models had available with first launched, even though they'll work with larger 8GB SODIMMs now). Also, some of the very early BIOS versions may not have supported the 8GB SODIMMs yet (as I think either A04 or A05 had a major microcode update with Dell models like that, and I think there was another one like that later on)

I'd stick to specific part numbers for memory others have reported to work in Dell models with an Intel HM67 chipset using a Sandy Bridge CPU like those, as you'll sometimes see subtle differences between different memory and how available timing parameters are recognized by the BIOS firmware.

So, if it were me, I'd stick with one of the sets I linked to in my last post (as those specific part numbers are reported to work in a variety of Dell models using Sandy Bridge CPUs with the Intel HM67 Chipset like your Vostro 3450 uses).  One of these sets:

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

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

Both of amazon and newegg have good return policies. So, if you had any problems, you could RMA it (but, I wouldn't expect any issues if you stick to one of those specific part numbers).

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