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03-01-2017 04:31 PM
I am wondering if the HP Pavilion HPE h8-1017c Desktop PC sold by Sam's can be upgraded. Can I upgrade the memory to 16 GB. It cam with 8 GB.
I get mixed feedback when I search on the HP support site. The specification say it only supports 8 GB (2x4 GB)
Single channel memory architecture
- Two 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
- Supports the following:
- PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066)
- PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)
- Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
- Supports 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB DIMMs
- Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit* systems
- Supports up to 8 GB on 64-bit systems
the HP servicing guide for the HP Pavilion HPE h8-1000 Series PC says it takes:
Verify that the memory installed is compatible with this computer. SO-DIMMs are small outline dual inline memory modules. They are smaller and thinner than
most other DIMMs, so that they take less space in the case. SO-DIMM modules must meet the following requirements:
● 204-pin DDR3-DIMM
● PC3-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3-SDRAM
● Unbuffered, non-ECC (64-bit) DIMMs
● 1.5 V memory only
● 16.0 GB maximum installable memory using 4GB Modules. Actual available memory that can be used in Windows will be less.
I looks like it has the 240 pin DIMM sockets.
Can i install 2x8 GB DIMMs ?
03-01-2017 05:04 PM
>>> Can i install 2x8 GB DIMMs ?
Looks like it only supports 8GB max
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03-01-2017 06:19 PM
> 16.0 GB maximum installable memory using 4GB Modules.
That implies that one MUST use FOUR 4GB modules.
> Can i install 2x8 GB DIMMs ?
Yes, but my guess is that only 4GB per stick will be recognized by the motherboard, giving you 8GB.
Good to know in an "emergency", but a waste of RAM sticks.
Compare to buying a Ferrari for "soccer-mom" only to take the children a few kilometers to school -- a waste of a purchase.
Not all motherboards support all "density" of RAM (amount of RAM divided by number of memory-chips on the stick).
03-01-2017 06:54 PM
Hi, @L68stingray :
I wish I could find some concrete info on the memory limits for the H61 chipset.
I have a HP 8200 Elite CMT with the Intel Q67 chipset, and I can install 4 x 8 GB of memory in mine for a total of 32 GB.
The motherboard shown on the support page for your PC has two memory slots.
If you look around at other brand motherboards with the H61 chipset, such as this one, the specs state you can install an 8 GB module in each slot.
So, I would say in theory you can install 2 x 8 GB of PC3-10600 memory in your PC, and it should work (16 GB).
03-01-2017 07:11 PM
Memory upgrade information
Single channel memory architecture
Two 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
Supports the following:
Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
Supports 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB DIMMs
Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit* systems
Supports up to 8 GB on 64-bit systems
Release date: 16-May-2011
for this "Carmel" motherboard.
Question: Bill Gates once said that 640 KB (not MB) was enough for everybody.
The computer came with 8GB -- have you determined that 8GB is "not enough" for your application(s) ?
It's quite an "ancient" motherboard (without dual-channel support) -- how much money do you want to "invest" into it?
03-04-2017 06:10 PM
> Still undecided if I want to upgrade the memory or just buy a newer PC with 16 GB
First, have you measured how much of your current 8GB of RAM that your computer currently is using?
One possible answer is "you are not using all of what you have -- why spend ANY money for "excess" memory?".
Second, as you are "measuring", where is the current "bottle-neck": RAM, CPU-speed, disk-drive speed ?
If your CPU is the bottle-neck, then more RAM does not fix the bottle-neck.
Third, adding a SSD ("solid state disk") and installing Windows on it will make your disk I/O much faster -- faster booting into Windows, faster loading of programs into RAM. Keep your current disk-drive as a "slave", and continue to store your data/files onto this disk-drive.
Finally, if you do buy a new computer, you'll spend a lot more than if you just buy more RAM. How rich are you?