Question Is It Impossible to Get DDR3L-1600 SODIMMs Larger Than 8GB ?

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Hi,

I'm looking to upgrade the 8GB DDR3L-1600 SODIMM with a larger module. Unfortunately, my laptop - a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460 - only has one RAM slot and I can't find anywhere legit looking that sells single modules > 8GB. Is there some kind of hard limit on DDR3L SODIMMs at 8GB ? The only websites that claim to sell larger single modules look shady and are asking for > £200 GBP. I'd like to upgrade to 16GB if I can, however, I want to make sure what I purchase will be compatible and not degrade performance.
 

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Likely so, I would think the only larger chips would have made it into server memory. Shouldn't stop someone from slapping them on some SO-DIMMs.

I have doubts your system would recognize a 16GB stick.
 
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Likely so, I would think the only larger chips would have made it into server memory. Shouldn't stop someone from slapping them on some SO-DIMMs.

I have doubts your system would recognize a 16GB stick.
The user manual says up to 8GB, but with BIOS / UEFI updates the RAM limit can increase. I wonder has anyone out there successfully upgraded their Yoga 460 to, say, 16GB ?
 
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Thanks. Now to decide whether to open it up now just to be totally sure, or just buy the RAM cos I'm too lazy.

Appreciate your help.
 
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Measure twice, cut once--aka, open it up and make sure before you spend your money. Just be sure to follow the instructions in the manual.
Thanks. I've taken a different approach. I've searched both images and videos of my motherboard. It's definitely only got 1 SODIMM slot and I can see people saying that it is occupied by the manufacturer installed memory module. I want to minimise the number of times I have to open my laptop as I need it for work and I'm Mr Cautious McBoring and don't want to damage it. So I've ordered a refurbished £107 GBP 16GB refurbished module from eBay.

Thanks again everyone - this turns out to be a very helpful forum.
 
Apr 21, 2021
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Just swapped the 8GB module out with a 16GB. There is indeed only 1 RAM slot and it had the 8GB module in it. 'New' 16GB module is tested and working fine.

Thanks all, especially @SkyNetRising , for helping (y)
 
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