How to choose RAM for my Asus Laptop and how to install it?
Whether your use your laptop for professional reasons or for entertainment a slow computer quickly becomes irritating.
Several reasons may explain this slowdown but it is often due to the amount of RAM (Random Access Memory). There may have been enough RAM when you purchased your PC but updates, upgrades and new applications require additional resources (i.e. More RAM)
The Asus Accessories team offers you in this document its help and knowledge to assist you during this upgrade. We hope to answer all of your questions and alleviate all your doubts during this process.
Why change or add RAM?
RAM (Random-access memory) is a form of computer data storage that stores data and machine code currently being used. RAM is much faster to read from and write to than other kinds of storage and is used to launch your applications. Although there exists many types of RAM, We will be discussing RAM SO-DIMM used in laptops.
The RAM of your Laptop is saturated
With the addition of new and high-performance software, your computer is slowing down and having difficulties executing these programs comfortably making it difficult to be efficient.
In short, the RAM of your laptop is quickly saturated and your computer is compensating by using the hard disk as a second memory unfortunately it is much slower and much less responsive causing bugs or endless loads.
The RAM of your PC is defective
Your computer may also be subject to heavy and intensive use, repeated execution of many programs at the same time that are overloading your memory causing it to slow, or this intensive use may have caused the system to overheat causing memory bits to fail and limiting the capabilities of your RAM.
This translates into crashes or blue screens when using your computer.
How to choose a new RAM Module?
Buying a new RAM Module (card) is not easy; indeed you will have to ensure its compatibility with your PC and with your existing RAM if you are looking to double the RAM. The choice of RAM for your Asus laptop PC depends on your device.
First of all it will be necessary to check if this upgrade is possible with your computer (i.e. quantity and type of RAM) which varies according to the model and the characteristics of your PC.
Beware some laptops do not allow you to change or add RAM because these modules are directly soldered to the motherboard. You will need to check how many slots are available for RAM cards to know if you can simply add a second card or if you need to replace the existing one.
How to recognize the type of RAM in your Laptop
You can easily identify the type of RAM in your laptop without having to remove them: simply go to the official website of CPU-Z where you will be able to download a ZIP file. In this file, you will find two executable programs (.exe) which correspond to the two possible versions of your operating system (i.e. 32 or 64 bits). We recommend that you start by opening the 64-bit version, "cpuz_x64.exe". If your system refuses to open this file then choose the 32-bit version so "cpuz_x32.exe".
When you run the correct .exe program, it will show you the various specifications and features of your system in several tabs, the tab that interests you here is "SPD" and specifically the "Max Bandwidth" line.
This text box will tell you the existing type of RAM card in your laptop. In our example, the card is an 8192 MBytes (i.e. 8 Gb) DDR4 clocked at 2133Mhz.
Hence, if you want to change or add a RAM card(i.e. module) in your laptop, you will need to find a new DDR4 card with a frequency of 2133Mhz.
In addition, you will be shown (in this same tab) the number of existing slots and therefore how many slots are still available to add RAM.
In our example, we can see that our laptop PC has 4 slots including Slot #3 which is occupied by an 8 GB DDR4 RAM card as indicated above.
What RAM capacity should you choose?
Check which version of the operating system is running on your laptop
Before making your choice, check which version of the operating system is running on your laptop. To do this, right-click on “Control panel" then click on "System and Security" then “System” or just type “System” in search bar or just ask Cortana.
In our example, the operating system is 64 bits. It is important to verify this because it is useless to add RAM to a PC using a 32 bit Windows operating system since the 32-bit architecture will only use a maximum of 3.33 GB of installed RAM, so going beyond 3GB of RAM will hardly change the behavior of your laptop.
Check the capacity accepted by your laptop
In addition to the version of your operating system, you also need to check the amount of RAM (capacity) is accepted by your processor. To do this, you must find the model of the processor (CPU) present in your computer using the same window as the one used above:
Then simply go to intel.com to locate the specifications for your processor where you will find the maximum usable RAM:
In our example, it is possible to install up to 64 GB of RAM.
Choose the amount of RAM according to how you use your laptop
Once you have gathered all the information above, you will need to decide how much RAM you need. Here is a small overview of the amount of RAM needed by use:
- Computer is used only for office work or multimedia: 4 GB minimum (standard)
- Laptop is used for Gaming with larger games: 8 GB ideal
- Professional software (photo editing, stream, video editing, design software) or latest generation games: 16 GB
You can now deduce the amount of RAM you need. Imagine that you have the following situation:• 1 open slot
• 2133 MHz Type DDR4 RAM
• Up to 32GB of RAM accepted by the processor
• 1 slot occupied by an 8GB RAM module
You will be able to add an 8GB RAM DDR4 2133Mhz module in the free slot. This will bring the capacity of your computer up to 16GB which should allow you to play and work under excellent conditions.
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How to install a RAM module in my Asus laptop?
Possible locations of RAM on your laptop: Either your RAM is located on the back of your laptop, or it is located under your keyboard. Note that in some models, a RAM card can be under the keyboard while another is accessible by a hatch.
Before you begin the operation, it is essential that your computer be turned off and unplugged from any power outlet.
RAM located on the back of your laptop
In most cases, the RAM is located on the back of your PC and can be reached through a flip hatch on the back of your laptop.
In our example (Asus X5DI), the principle is the same except the cover is completely removable (does not flip open).
On the Asus X5DI, first we need to remove the battery cover to access the 5th screw of the cover:
After removing the 5 screws from the cover, we can remove it and access the components of the Asus X5DI laptop:
Viewing the section where the RAM modules slots are located, we see that there are two memory slots, one of which is free(unused):
We can add a second RAM card in the slot. It must be pushed in all the way.
Lastly, you just have to press the card holding the sides so as to clip it between the metal clamps. Push the card until you hear a "click" which indicates that you have correctly installed the RAM module.The new RAM module is now installed. Before closing the cover, it is best to try to start the computer to see if it starts correctly. In the event that the RAM card is not installed properly, the laptop will not start.
Once the computer starts up correctly, you just need to turn off the power and replace the cover or close the flip hatch.
The new RAM is installed; you can finally enjoy a faster and more powerful computer that is like brand new!
RAM located under the keyboard of your Laptop
It will be necessary to access the RAM memory slots located under the keyboard.- Unscrew the screws on the bottom case of your pc first and remove them carefully.
- Using a flat screwdriver or a card, separate the top keyboard casing from the bottom case of your laptop by sliding your tool in the gap to separate the top and bottom.
- Open your pc, and do the same to delicately lift the frame of the keyboard (before opening completely there are several cables connected on each side which you will need to remove from their connectors then remove the plastic part of the keyboard
- You are then see the internal components, on the left of your pc is the motherboard (large green card), your RAM is located below it
- In the same way as for the keyboard cables, you will have to remove all the motherboard cables along with all the existing screws.
- Carefully remove the motherboard, and then remove the RAM from its slot if you wish to replace it, or add RAM in the available slot if you want to increase the memory.
- Perform these steps in reverse to reassemble your computer
You will now easily be able to increase the RAM of your Asus laptop and extend its life, see a gain in speed for computer that are under 5 years old, improve its performance, help programs run better and faster without any glitches. This remains the easiest and most economical way to improve the performance of your Laptop.
The above instructions/directions are meant to be for demonstration purposes only and Accessoires-Asus cannot be held liable if you damage your equipment by following them.