06-14-2019 01:12 AM
I have been using a HP x360 Convertible Laptop u132tu for some time now. As it is my Laptop usually grinds to a snails pace if there are any updates being pushed in WIndows. Till now I just havent taken the time to see whats wrong. After doing the current updates I see that my memory usage is quite on the high side and its quite high even without opening anything up. This is the memory usage with just this Firefox window open to type this post.
Ive been thinking of upgrading the memory for better performace. Is it a good idea to mvoe to 8-16 GB Ram . My major usage on this laptop is Office applications , Visio, Outlook and some browsing. Also could anyone tell me if they would happen to know the maximum speed of the memory module I can put on this laptop . Does using two modules instead of one benefit more ?
Thanks in advance,
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06-14-2019 01:37 AM - edited 06-14-2019 01:39 AM
I would absolutely upgrade to more memory and a minimum of 8GB is standard now days.
You could install another 4 GB stick along with what is there now. Or you could go 2-8GB sticks for 16GB total. Either way will work. It would be advisable to match the timings of the current stick that's installed now before purchasing.
Use a tool like CPUz or Speccy (both free to download) to see the frequencies of the existing 4GB DDR4 2133 Mhz stick.
Here is your manual. Pages 58-59... http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05226489
It has the instructions on how to access the memory.
Let me know if you have other questions.
06-14-2019 02:25 AM
Thanks much. Using speccy I was able to get this information
Im guessing the important numbers here are the Dram Frequency and the CL 15 portion ? Thanks much for your help. I believe I have gotten an overall idea of what should be done. I think Ill try to get 2x4GB Modules if possible or 2 x 8GB modules if the price differential isnt too high.
06-14-2019 02:32 AM
Max RAM for your model is 32GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM (2x16GB) even if the service manual mentions 16GB.
There are two slots and at the moment you have one 4GB module. The RAM will run at 2133MHz. You can purchase from your preferred brand. Yes, I would go with another 4GB stick in the empty slot.
However, an upgrade you should really perform is to replace the 2.5" HDD with a 2.5" SSD such as the 2.5" Samsung 860 Evo or similar.
This would give a great boost to everyday performance and would be really noticeable.
Hope it helps,
06-14-2019 03:18 AM
Well, I guess 16GB would be a waste of money too? I mention the max and the best idea for an upgrade.
With 8GB of RAM, the SSD will be much more noticable than any other possible upgrade based on the use of the notebook by the Member.
06-14-2019 03:33 AM
I thought I would add about the SSD since it is basically the upgarde which would make most difference in the notebook and the use the Member makes of it. I do not understand what you mean by @CherylG ? enough of what?
06-14-2019 03:47 AM
Hmm never thought of changing the hard disk . I definitely think I could throw in a SSD along with the memeory upgrade. I do have sort of sentimental attachment to this laptop (Long story 😐) so Id like it to be "usable" as long as it doesnt become too much of a burden . I appreciate the help from all of you . Thanks . 🙂
06-14-2019 03:51 AM
If you need any help replacing the drive or reinstalling Windows, let us know. It will be a great boost and the cost of SSDs has really fallen. Personally, I try not to use PCs without SSD any longer because of the long wait during loading times and the difference SSDs make (even in older Computers).
All the best,