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Acer Aspire 5 A515-44-R93G Memory/RAM Upgrade Tutorial

Upgrading your Acer Aspire 5 A515-44-R93G's RAM is a great way to improve its performance. While this student laptop has garnered a decent reputation and boasts a nice set of specs, if you really want to make the most out of it you're going to have to install more memory since 4 GB simply isn't going to cut it. 

Today we tackle just that in this step-by-step guide where we walk you through the process of upgrading the RAM. 

A process that's going to take you all of 5 minutes and is going to substantially improve the laptop's performance by allowing you to multitask without lagging as well as use more memory-intensive software. Without further ado, let's get on with it!

 Acer Aspire 5 A515-44-R93G RAM Upgrade in 5 Easy Steps

How much memory can I install? What type of memory is compatible?

Before we start dismantling the Acer Aspire 5 A515-44-R93G you need to know that, unlike most consumer laptops, you can't upgrade both slots

This particular notebook only features one upgradeable slot, with the base 4 GB of RAM being soldered onto the motherboard, unlike the Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L RAM Upgrade which features both slots open.

This means that you're limited from the start to a maximum of 20 GB of memory if you install 16 GB of compatible RAM

You could also upgrade to 12 GB with an 8 GB unit, or simply double down with 8 GB of memory by adding another 4 GB of compatible RAM

Finally, if you're looking to buy RAM that's compatible with this laptop you're going to need to get DDR4 PC4-19200 2400MHz Non-ECC SODIMM memory. That's DDR4 memory clocking at 2400 MHz with a SODIMM form factor.

How much memory should I install?

This is going to heavily depend on the type of user you are but we would certainly recommend going ahead with the 8 GB upgrade to a total of 12 GB. 

That's enough RAM to future-proof the laptop and it's not an expensive upgrade. 20 GB is also a good option if you're an intensive multitasker that works with very memory-intensive software.

In any case, with only 4 GB of onboard RAM you're certainly bound to notice a performance upgrade on any option you end up choosing.

 Acer Aspire 5 A515-44-R93G RAM Installation

Step 1: As we always tell our readers, the first step before doing any sort of upgrade is to make sure the notebook is turned off and disconnected from the power supply. We can't say this enough. After you've made sure that the notebook is turned off, place it upside down and remove all the exposed screws located on the bottom cover. 

When you have removed all the bottom screws you're going to make use of a prying tool such as a guitar pick or even a credit card to help you open up the laptop. Make sure you don't use a screwdriver here since you could end up easily damaging the chassis. 

Step 2: Now that you've removed the bottom case of the laptop you will be able to quickly spot the single available RAM slot, right next to the NVMe storage unit.

Step 3: Now you're going to grab the RAM module you bought and you're going to introduce it in the RAM slot at a 45-degree angle making sure that the notch on the module and the notch on the slot align perfectly. Once they're aligned you can press down to insert the memory unit.

If you're not sure how to insert the RAM here's an illustrative picture that shows you what the aligned notches would look like:

Step 4: Finally, once the memory module has been inserted, press down on it gently but firmly until you hear the clicking sound of the clasps clutching to the RAM.

Step 5: Finally, screw the bottom cover back to the laptop chassis and turn the laptop on. It's going to take a bit longer than usual to boot up because the BIOS is recognizing the new RAM module. Then go ahead and open "Device Specifications" where you should be able to see the upgraded RAM you've installed on the A515-44-R93G.

 And that's it! That's all it took. As you can see, we weren't exaggerating when we said it wouldn't take you much more than five minutes. Upgrading the RAM is possibly the easiest yet most effective way to boost performance on your laptop. You'll wonder how is it that you've never done it before.