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looking to upgrade memory in my alienware m17x r3

I currently have only 4gb of ram and im gonna upgrade to 16gb's of ram but i was also wondering if i should just stick with DDR3 1600 or go with DDR3 1866 memory and i dont know if 1866 memory is compatible with my MoBo
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  1. govoni28 said:
    I currently have only 4gb of ram and im gonna upgrade to 16gb's of ram but i was also wondering if i should just stick with DDR3 1600 or go with DDR3 1866 memory and i dont know if 1866 memory is compatible with my MoBo


    Hi,

    I'd recommend going with 1600 MHz, the 1866 MHz will not work. Note that if you mix speeds, the whole memory will run at the lowest speed available. Some models will work with the over clock of 1866 MHz but there have been shut down issues, GPU drivers corrupt and so on. Moreover, it may just down clock to 1600 MHz. So, I think 1600 is the go.

    Check this link:
    http://www.memorystock.com/memory/AlienwareM17xR3GamingNotebook.html

    Good luck!
  2. techsamurai said:
    govoni28 said:
    I currently have only 4gb of ram and im gonna upgrade to 16gb's of ram but i was also wondering if i should just stick with DDR3 1600 or go with DDR3 1866 memory and i dont know if 1866 memory is compatible with my MoBo


    Hi,

    I'd recommend going with 1600 MHz, the 1866 MHz will not work. Note that if you mix speeds, the whole memory will run at the lowest speed available. Some models will work with the over clock of 1866 MHz but there have been shut down issues, GPU drivers corrupt and so on. Moreover, it may just down clock to 1600 MHz. So, I think 1600 is the go.

    Check this link:
    http://www.memorystock.com/memory/AlienwareM17xR3GamingNotebook.html

    Good luck!


    ya i was thinking of taking out the 1600 MHz and just putting in the 1866MHz but ya im gonna stick with 1600MHz like u said and it says max 32gb of ram but since im only on home premium the most is 16 right?
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    govoni28 said:
    techsamurai said:
    govoni28 said:
    I currently have only 4gb of ram and im gonna upgrade to 16gb's of ram but i was also wondering if i should just stick with DDR3 1600 or go with DDR3 1866 memory and i dont know if 1866 memory is compatible with my MoBo


    Hi,

    I'd recommend going with 1600 MHz, the 1866 MHz will not work. Note that if you mix speeds, the whole memory will run at the lowest speed available. Some models will work with the over clock of 1866 MHz but there have been shut down issues, GPU drivers corrupt and so on. Moreover, it may just down clock to 1600 MHz. So, I think 1600 is the go.

    Check this link:
    http://www.memorystock.com/memory/AlienwareM17xR3GamingNotebook.html

    Good luck!


    ya i was thinking of taking out the 1600 MHz and just putting in the 1866MHz but ya im gonna stick with 1600MHz like u said and it says max 32gb of ram but since im only on home premium the most is 16 right?


    Yes, 16 GB on Windows 7 Home premium. Here is a quick link to the RAM limits on windows:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa366778(v=vs.85).aspx#physical_memory_limits_windows_7
  4. govoni28 said:
    I currently have only 4gb of ram and im gonna upgrade to 16gb's of ram but i was also wondering if i should just stick with DDR3 1600 or go with DDR3 1866 memory and i dont know if 1866 memory is compatible with my MoBo


    Hi I wonderd if it worked, you didn't mention if you're 64bit (X64) 32bit (X86) otherwise you're upgrade won't have any improvement as 32bit can not handle more than 3.something Gb.
    so I recon you did it with 64 bit, but what kind of experience do you have about it now.
    like what kind of brand and type did you u use.
    I can remember that the M17 R3 not more can handle then 8gb ram this has its limmits at the power that the MoBo suplies to the RAM slots so becarrefull and do not take that for granted.

    But I hapy to hear if it worked.

    Glad to here
    Greetz Joe
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