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HP 15-dw1083wm Memory/RAM Upgrade in 7 easy steps Tutorial

If you've recently bought the HP 15-dw1083wm or are seriously considering doing so you might've noticed that the onboard RAM is a bit tight. If you're a casual user who's going to use a couple of tabs at a time then this shouldn't be an issue but if you're the kind of hardcore multitasker who likes to have dozens of tabs and programs open at a time then you're definitely going to want to upgrade the RAM on the HP 15-dw1083wm.

Fortunately for you, that's a pretty easy process and today we're going to take you through it. From which RAM you should buy, how much RAM does the HP 15-dw1083wm support and how much RAM you should use, up to how to install the RAM we're going to be looking all of this and have you ready to take over the world with your HP 15-dw1083wm in no time at all.

HP 15-dw1083wm RAM Upgrade in 7 easy steps

How much RAM does the HP 15-dw1083wm support?

First off let us start by covering the amount of RAM you can actually implement on this notebook. Specifically, this model supports up to 32 GB of RAM. 16 GB on each of its two available slots. Honestly, that's a bit of an overkill for a laptop with this processor but you should definitely consider upgrading to a total of 8 GB or even 16 GB if you want to fully future-proof your laptop.

What RAM can I buy for this laptop?

This particular notebook supports a DDR4 PC4-21300 2666MHz Non-ECC SODIMM RAM. You should not buy RAM that works at a different speed as it may cause issues within your laptop's performance depending on the configuration.

How much RAM should I get?

Depending on your usage we either recommend implementing an additional 4 GB RAM module to a total of 8 GB of RAM or implementing two 8 GB sticks for a total of 16 GB

8 GB should suffice most people but if you're a hardcore user who will have dozens of tabs and programs running in the background then upgrading to 16 GB might be the best option for you. Either way, you'll notice the upgrade from the minute you turn your laptop back on. 

Why can't I get 12 GB of RAM?

You should ideally use the same amount of RAM on both available slots

This is due to the fact that the laptop will use both as dual-channel RAM. If you implement 8 GB on one slot and leave the other slot with 4 GB you will likely end up having a single-channel RAM and while you will still notice an upgrade over the base 4 GB you're going to get a much better experience using either two 4 GB modules or two 8 GB modules.

RAM Upgrade: What you'll need

  • Screwdriver
  • plastic knife or guitar pin
Step 1: Turn your computer off. Not hibernate. Off.

Step 2: Turn the laptop upside down and remove the red bumpers located on the top and bottom half. This is where you'll find the screws to unscrew the bottom lid. Try and do this gently so as to not break the bumper. 

Step 3: Unscrew the screws located below the bumper.

Step 4: Remove the bottom lid. You can use the help of your plastic knife. We recommend a plastic item
here because metal is an electrical conductor and you don't want to use that when working with electronics. 

Locate the silver clasps on the side of the RAM slots
Step 5: Locate the RAM and remove the clasps located on the sides to be able to remove the onboard RAM. 

If you're only planning to add another 4 GB module then you only need to unclasp the sides of the empty RAM slot - the one on the right - and shouldn't touch the other slot. 

Step 6: Depending on the RAM module you've bought, you want to place the RAM upside down within the slot with the golden pins pointing inwards. You might have trouble discerning the proper side of the RAM but fortunately, there's a handy little notch in the center of the RAM slot. If your RAM pins align with the RAM slot notch you're good to go.

make sure the notch matches.
Step 7: Once the RAM has been properly placed you want to firmly press down and enclose the clasps you've opened before.

Step 8: Place the lid back on the laptop, put the screws back in their place and turn the laptop on. If you head over to "Device configuration" you'll see that your properly inserted the RAM as it will state the new amount of RAM.