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Max memory in Lenovo H420 i3-2100

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February 19, 2013 7:57:13 PM

Lenovo says the H420 can take up to 8gb, but Intel says i3-2100 can take up to 32gb. Can I go to 16gb (the max with Win 7 64 home premium)?

I've often seen computer manufacturers write a memory spec, then not update it even if it is too low.

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February 19, 2013 9:17:21 PM

Max RAM is depend on the MB's northbridge (for intel) that has the memory controller, and is not depend on the CPU. So if the lenovo says up to 8GB ( I check it too), that means it can use up to 8GB RAM. If you use the 16GB RAM most of time the PC will not boot.
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February 19, 2013 9:35:10 PM

Your board is based on the intel H61 northbridge which supports 16gb (2x8gb). However, since Lenovo says it will only support 8gb, I would check with their customer service folks before buying 16gb. I can see no reason why 16gb would not work, but I'm sure the Lenovo motherboard is "proprietary" and it may be artificially limited by Lenovo. Check their forums also.

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