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[Tutorial] Dell Inspiron 15 3583 RAM Upgrade in 6 Easy Steps

As of late, most mid-range laptops come with either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM. It's pretty hard to find a laptop that features 16 GB of RAM unless you're looking at high-end models. Such is the case with the Dell Inspiron 15 3583, a notebook that launched with both 4GB and 8 GB configurations. However, while casual users will work well within these constraints, power users will definitely need to upgrade the RAM in order to keep up with their multitasking needs. 

On that front, we're happy to report that both the 4 GB and 8 GB configurations can be easily upgraded by the user and today we're going to walk you through the process of upgrading the RAM on the Dell Inspiron 15 3583. Don't worry, it's a pretty easy tutorial to follow.

How to Upgrade the RAM on the Dell Inspiron 15 3583

What type of RAM do I need? How much RAM does the system accept?

First off you need to know the exact type of RAM you're going to need for the Dell Inspiron 3583. In this case, as per Dell's own user manual, we're going to need a DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM PC4-19200 memory module.

As per the amount of RAM accepted, there are conflicting reports out there so we'll go ahead  and encourage you to stick to the manual and upgrade to a maximum of 16 GB of RAM

You might want to try your luck and upgrade to 32 GB through two compatible 16 GB modules but in all honesty, we don't see many scenarios where a user of a laptop with this set of specs would use that much RAM. For the most part, unless you're planning to use the laptop to do 4K video editing full time you should be fine with 16 GB of RAM through two compatible 8 GB modules.

Should I replace the onboard RAM?

We get this question asked a lot and the truth is that we recommend upgrading both sticks because that way you can rest assured that your RAM will work as dual-band RAM. 

Otherwise, you might end up with two modules of different speeds and voltages and while you may have more RAM overall the speed of performance won't be that noticeable if your RAM isn't working on Dual-band. That's why whenever possible it's always encouraged to get yourself two identical modules of RAM. 

Upgrading the RAM

First off you're going to need a Philips screwdriver and that's about it because this case is pretty easy to open with your fingernails. However, if you're an avid fingernail chewer you might want to consider getting yourself a pry to pry open the 3583.

Step 1: Turn your laptop off. Place it upside down and remove all the screws. Once the screws have been removed you can go ahead and pry open the case of the laptop gently using your fingernails. There's a slight gap below the trackpad which is where we recommend you start off whilst making pressure with your thumbs on the center of the case. 

Step 2: This is recommended but not strictly necessary: unplug the battery. For RAM upgrades it's not really necessary but if you want to you can disconnect the battery. The connector looks something like this:

Step 3:
Locate the RAM slots. There are two of them. One of them houses the onboard RAM and the other one is empty. 

We recommend upgrading both modules at the same time so you make sure the system can work with your RAM dual-band. To remove the RAM that's already on the system simply pull on the clasps in an outward fashion like the following gif. The RAM will be released at a 45-degree angle.

Those are the RAM slots on the Dell Inspiron 15 3583

Step 4: Take the RAM you bought and place it at a 45-degree angle into the RAM slots. You need to make sure that the notch on the module and the notch on the slot align, that's how you know you're placing it correctly. Here's an example:

Step 5: Press the RAM into the slot and then press the RAM down firmly. You'll hear the sound of the clasps clutching to the RAM.

Step 6: If you've disconnected the battery, connect it again, place the lid and the screws back on and turn your laptop on. You should get a message that states that the memory has changed on your device. If that's not the case (depends on the manufacturer) head over to "Device configuration" and under the line "Installed RAM" you should see the amount you've upgraded the Dell Inspiron 3583 to. 

See? Told you it was a simple process!