Lenovo ThinkPad W520 - Compatible RAM Modules
At Lenovo's website you can configure your ThinkPad W520 with up to 16GB RAM (32 on special orders). The 16GB RAM does add an additional $320 to the system's price. For those that don't want to pay that much money you can buy the modules separately and save a bundle (like Geico!)
By default you will get 8GB with your system. These two modules take 2 out of the 4 DIMM slots. To get the 16GB you need an additional 2 RAM modules
Compatible RAM Sticks:
4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (part No. 55Y3711)
2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (part No. 55Y3710)
1GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (part No. 55Y3709)
Buying 2 modules would cost you $82. Add them to the existing modules and you have your 16GB. You would save $238 by NOT getting it preconfigured.
Why would you go up to 16GB RAM?
I currently have 6GB in my HP system and that does a fine job for my needs. But there are several select few professional/hardcore gamers that can use the extra RAM powers. Some use it to run several virtual machines at the same time (for programmers debugging on multiple OSs this is important), others use it for loading large HD movies and images in editing programs like Sony Vegas and Photoshop, of course it can help dealing with hardcore gaming (and recording their gameplay perhaps). So again it's only for a few rather special individuals.
Did you know that you can dock the W520 to the Mini Dock Plus Series 3? Neat details ca be found on the W520's datasheet.
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