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dunner87
03-03-2013, 04:04 AM
Hi fellow ROGers,

I am wanting to upgrade my RAM above the 16 GB it came with; I have a G74SX-A1. After searching, I've seen that it's been shown our laptops will support up to 32 GB, even though officially it's only 16. I am a hardware noob, though. I want to initially replace 2 of the 4GB sticks with 8 GB sticks. Although I don't think it would cause any problems, does anyone know if having mixed sizes (2x4GB and 2x8GB) could be an issue?

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!

bmpx
03-03-2013, 04:24 AM
That shouldn't matter (having mixed like that) - but you will want to pair them correctly (I don't know the slot pairings - for example on the G73JH it's 1-3 and 2-4). Make sure that both pairs are the exact same type everything (ie your two new 8gb modules should be identical).

On top of that it's best to have all of them be the same timings and speed (ie all 1333mhz and CL9s for example). But - that isn't as important because the laptop should take the lowest common denominator of them both and communicate with that (ie if your 4gbs are 1333mhz but your 8gbs are 1066mhz then your laptop should then be accessing your 4gb 1333mhz at 1066mhz because the lowest speed between them is 1066mhz). Again, this isn't as important - I like to match it all personally - but you do need to be sure the paired modules are identical in almost every way (just make sure they're absolutely identical and you're fine).

bmpx
03-03-2013, 04:27 AM
I should say too - that's generally what you should consider with RAM. Whether your G74SX takes 8gb modules - or can go to 32gb I don't know.

fostert
03-03-2013, 07:17 AM
I should say too - that's generally what you should consider with RAM. Whether your G74SX takes 8gb modules - or can go to 32gb I don't know.

Yes to both questions; see the thread http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?6851-G74-and-8GB-Memory-DIMMs...

When I got my 4x8GB modules I tried a pair 2x8GB in my G74SX along with 2x4GB that I had in there already, for a total of 24GB. Everything ran perfectly fine. The 8B modules were Corsair, and the 4GB ones were Samsung, but they mixed and played together nicely.

I have had 32GB in my G74 for 1 1/2 years now. Never a problem.

Pitcher@asus
03-04-2013, 03:51 AM
i think it is able to use.

dunner87
03-06-2013, 03:16 PM
Thanks to all for the replies. 24 GB now, and 32 GB sometime in the future it is.

If anyone knows off-hand, how does one determine which slots are paired? Are they marked somehow?

fostert
03-07-2013, 06:16 AM
Thanks to all for the replies. 24 GB now, and 32 GB sometime in the future it is.

If anyone knows off-hand, how does one determine which slots are paired? Are they marked somehow?

I think I recall the slots are numbered 1-4, and the numbers are marked/stamped on the motherboard next to them. Slots 1&3, and 2&4 are pairs I believe.

Zygomorphic
03-07-2013, 11:19 AM
I think I recall the slots are numbered 1-4, and the numbers are marked/stamped on the motherboard next to them. Slots 1&3, and 2&4 are pairs I believe.

For the G53SX, which is the same model line, that is correct. However, the RAM slots are not numbered together. slots 2&3 are together, slot 1 is hidden, and slot 4 is under the keyboard.

dunner87
03-07-2013, 07:37 PM
Thanks again for the replies.

ASUSnoobie
03-24-2014, 03:33 PM
Hey where did you go to get these upgrades, I just bought the G74SX an I'm looking to get as much upgrades as possible!

AsusHatesCustomers
03-25-2014, 02:34 AM
@ASUSnoobie - go to any best buy, big electronics sort of store. however, i would recommend installing a solid state drive first, as this is the cheapest way to notice improved performance. I'm not a tech guy, but i think more ram only helps if you are using memory intense programs or want to run a ram disk.

If you want to upgrade your CPU, I think you'll have to go online as stores don't tend to stock laptops CPUs

Simba7
04-08-2014, 07:07 AM
Best site to get memory would be newegg.com. I have had no issues with them for the past 4 years.

I'd suggest DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 for your laptop. I have 24GB of memory stuffed into mine, with 16GB being Patriot Memory. I run quite a few programs (VMware) and also am a gamer. The more memory you have, the smoother it will run.

SSD's are nice, but more memory is better. I have 2x2TB Samsung drives in my laptop to store everything. No issues here and it runs well.

City Builder
04-10-2014, 09:01 PM
Obviously just my opinion as I've not done proper testing of any sort but...

Yes, I too would recommend an SSD drive before adding more memory when / if your laptop already has 16GB in it as the vast majority of users are never going to use all that memory to begin with, but will definitely notice the difference when using a new SSD drive compared to adding even more memory when you already have 16GB.

My Asus laptop started out with 8GB of RAM. I upgraded it to 16GB of RAM and noticed no difference other than when I do really big image or video editing, but for my every day usage I noticed no real performance upgrade of 8GB to 16GB. However, when I added my first SSD drive the difference was hugely noticeable with bootup times being substantially reduced to accessing programs faster to even some games that are HDD intensive being smoother as they were able to access the SSD data faster when doing so on the fly.

So, just my opinion but I'd have to say go with an SSD drive before upgrading the RAM from 8 to 16GB or 16GB to 32GB unless you have specific actual needs to be running with 32GB such as large image editing or large video editing etc (or you just have money burning in your pocket to be spent and can't find anything else more worthwhile to do with it).

Zygomorphic
04-12-2014, 12:49 AM
@City Builder, I agree. Having 16 GB of RAM (like I do) is less likely to be noticeable for most people. I routinely do simulations and run multiple VM's, making the extra RAM definitely noticeable. However, for most people, I would recommend getting a 128 GB SSD (or larger, 64 GB is really small) over more RAM.