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04-28-2012 01:49 PM
Have a Dv6 6123cl with Windows 7 64 bit. I would like to boost the ram memory a bit. This computer has a 4 and a 2 gb chip in the two available slots totaling 6 gb as configured out of the factory. I admit to be a bit confused because I thought mixed chips was a strict no-no. Guess not? Hence I have a few questions since I do not need or want to pay to upgrade it to the full 16 gb set/kit and wonder if 8 gb if going to make any noticeable difference. I don't game but do use Indesign a lot and often have 3-4 very large programs open in use at the same time.
1- do I have only the single option of going up to 8 gb? (if not the 16)
2- if I go to 8 gb can I keep the 4 gb chip in it and just buy and add a 4 with the same speed and rating or do I need to replace both with an 8gb kit?
3- If I wanted to be really creative - could I keep the 4 and add an 8 making for 12 - a bit much but a good compromise?
In other words, HP seems to have mixed and matched in a way I am not used to. Can I do it - or is there some strict proprietary thing about the Dv6 I need to know about? Thanks.
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04-28-2012 06:00 PM - edited 04-28-2012 06:00 PM
Below is the link to the service manual for your notebook.
I believe the product specs page for your notebook is wrong.
According to chapter 1, page 6, notebooks with AMD processors such as yours, can only take a max of 2 x 4 GB of memory. It is some of the Intel based DV6's covered under this manual that can take 16 GB of memory.
So, I wouldn't take a chance that a 8 GB module will work.
Now, to answer some of your other concerns:
1. Yes you can mix memory but it won't run in DDR mode.
So, now that we have discovered that your notebook can only take 8 GB of memory, the decision for you now becomes much easier...
Purchase a 4 GB module and now you get 8 GB and DDR mode.
You should notice a little improvement.
Cost of a compatible 4 GB chip is well worth it.