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Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706LI-ES53 RAM Upgrade in 4 Easy Steps

Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706LI-ES53 RAM Upgrade

Over the past few years, Asus has become a big player in the gaming laptop segment. They've done so by delivering quality laptops at affordable prices, whilst minimizing the RAM and Storage capacities to allow for a lower entry-level price. However, the company isn't blind to the fact that many people will want to upgrade these features and therefore enables its users to easily do so. 

Today we're going to talk about one such model, the very popular Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706LI-ES53, a very competitively priced gaming laptop that has managed to position itself as one of the best-selling gaming laptops in the market. 

However, despite its many virtues, it sorely lacks RAM for any serious gamer/developer/video editor. That's why today we're going to walk you through the process of upgrading the RAM on the Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706LI-ES53 in this quick and easy tutorial. 

Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706LI-ES53 RAM Upgrade in 5 minutes or less

How much RAM does it take? What type of RAM can I use?

The Asus FX706LI-ES53 features two RAM slots and comes with 8 GB of dual-channel RAM. However, the laptop in itself can support up to 32 GB worth of RAM, through the use of two compatible 16 GB modules of RAM.

Specifically, this model takes DDR4 PC4-25600 3200MHz Non-ECC SODIMM memory. This means it takes DDR4 modules clocking in at 3200 MHz with 260 pins

Again, the maximum support is for 32 GB and that would be the optimal upgrade but you could also do an upgrade to 16 GB of RAM using two compatible 8 GB modules. 

In this specific case, Asus has opted to use two 4 GB modules so any upgrade should be done by purchasing two identical modules. If you get a single 8 GB module, you'll have 12 GB of RAM but it won't be working as dual-channel RAM and therefore performance will be hindered as opposed to getting two 8 GB or 16 GB modules where tasks will be split evenly amongst both modules for optimal performance.

How Do I Perform the RAM Upgrade on the FX706LI?

To perform the upgrade you're going to need a Philips screwdriver to remove the 11 screws located at the bottom of the laptop as well as a pry to help you pry open the laptop. With something like this cheap kit, you'll be off to a good start.

Step 1: We don't get tired of telling people that the first step to doing any sort of internal upgrade is to shut the laptop off. That means it shouldn't be hibernating, it should be positively turned off. After doing that, place the laptop upside down, remove the 11 screws and pry it open like so:

Step 2: Now that you've opened the laptop up, locate the two RAM slots. As an optional step to the RAM upgrade you could disconnect the battery, it's fairly simple, you simply remove the tape and disconnect it using your hand (not a screwdriver). This isn't 100% necessary but it can't hurt.

Step 3: Remove the onboard RAM. To do so you will simply pull outwards on the clasps located on the side of the RAM slots. When you do so the RAM will be released at a 45-degree angle and that's exactly how you should insert the new RAM into the slot. 

If you don't know how to insert the RAM, you just need to check to see that both the notch on the RAM and the notch on the RAM slot align. Here's an image for illustrative purposes (though this picture is not of the actual FX706LI-ES53)

Step 4: Now that both RAM modules have been inserted properly, press down and you'll hear a clicking sound. That's the clasps securing the RAM to the laptop. Connect the battery if you've disconnected it before, place the lid back on, screw the lower case to the laptop and turn it on. Now, under "Device Specifications" you should see your new amount of RAM under the line "Installed RAM".

And that's it, that's all it took for you to quickly and swiftly upgrade the RAM on the Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706LI-ES53. You can't say we didn't say it wasn't an easy upgrade! 

Now sit back and enjoy all the new possibilities that having more RAM will give you. You'll be able to be a better gamer, work on video editing faster, photo editing, and even just your everyday tasks of having dozens of tabs open won't have a negative impact on the performance of your laptop. 

We do hope you opted to get the 32 GB upgrade to make the most out of this unit but if not, you'll still notice a significant bump with the 16 GB upgrade.