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Asus TUF Dash F15 TUF516PE-AB73 Memory Upgrade Tutorial

Having enough memory on your laptop is critical for power users, more so for gamers and video editors who really rely on RAM to perform their tasks in a quick and swift manner. However, not all gaming laptops feature as much memory as we'd like and sometimes we're left to perform the upgrade ourselves. Fortunately, though, a RAM upgrade is possibly one of the easiest upgrades a user can perform on his own. 

It's with that in mind that today we tackle the Asus TUF Dash F15 TUF516PE-AB73 RAM upgrade.  A process that will take a whole of 5 minutes but will improve your laptop's performance substantially. 

Asus TUF Dash F15 TUF516PE-AB73 RAM Upgrade in 5 Minutes

What type of RAM do I need for the Asus TUF Dash F15  TUF516PE-AB73? How much RAM does it take?

The TUF516PE-AB73 is an interesting laptop. It features two RAM slots, one that's soldered onto the motherboard and therefore can't be upgraded, and a single SO-DIMM slot that can. To that effect, the maximum amount of RAM you can upgrade the TUF516PE-AB73 is to 20 GB. 

This is quite unusual as the standard practice is for both slots to be available for upgrade but for some reason, Asus opted to only give us one upgradable slot in this unit that can take a maximum of 16 GB of compatible RAM - as per the laptop's official specs - .

As far as the type of RAM is concerned, you can upgrade this unit with a DDR4 PC4-25600 3200MHz Non-ECC SODIMM module. Opting for either the aforementioned 16 GB unit or an 8 GB compatible unit to upgrade memory to 12 GB, we recommend 16 GB. 

How to Upgrade the Memory on the TUF516PE-AB73 

For this procedure you're going to need a Philips screwdriver, a pry to help you open up the laptop - on a pinch you could use a credit card - and we would also urge you to use antistatic gloves to avoid any static discharge during the process. 

Step 1: First off you're going to make sure the laptop is turned off and disconnected from the power source. Flip the laptop on its back and remove the 15 screws attaching the lower case. 

Not all screws are equal in this model so we would urge you to draw up a diagram to remember where each screw goes when you re-attach the laptop. Once the screws are removed you're going to use the pry to open the laptop up. We would recommend starting off with the bottom-right corner of the laptop. 

Step 2: Now that the internals have been exposed we would recommend disconnecting the battery. This isn't 100% necessary but it's easy to do and can help avoid any discharge. 

To do so simply flip the metallic clip upwards and remove the connector. Then place the laptop right-side up and press the power button for 5-10 seconds to make sure all the electricity has left the transmitters.

Step 3: Now that you've disconnected the battery you'll notice that atop of it you've got the RAM module with a black heat shield covering it. This is quite common with gaming laptops. Grab the clips on the side of the RAM socket and pull in an outwards fashion to release the RAM at a 45-degree angle. 

Step 4: Now grab the RAM you've bought and insert it into the available slot. You'll notice there's a notch in both the RAM stick and the slot, make sure these align, and then press the RAM into the slot at a 45-degree angle. Once it's firmly inserted into the slot, press downwards. You'll hear a click. That's the sound of the clasps clutching to the RAM. Here's an image for illustrative purposes on how the RAM should go:

Step 5: Connect the battery again remembering to move the metallic switch back into place - you pushed it outwards when you removed the battery connector -. Now simply place the case back on and grab the screws to screw them back into place - hopefully you did that diagram I recommended -. Turn the laptop on and you should now be able to see the newly installed memory under "Device Specifications".

As you can see, it was a pretty easy process to upgrade the RAM on the TUF516PE-AB73. You could also insert an additional NVMe slot for extra storage but that's another tutorial. In any case, enjoy your new RAM!