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HP Pavilion Notebook - 15-ab226na - RAM upgrade

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Kenrou

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Aug 14, 2014
Trying to make this laptop last a bit longer for one of my nieces, so i opened it to clean (had dust bunnies on the fan and the thermal paste was rock solid - went from ~90c to ~55c while gaming after switching to NT-H1), switched the ridiculously slow 1tb 5400rpm 8mb HGST HDD for a 256gb 850 EVO and checked the RAM for possible upgrades, at the moment it has a 1x8gb 1600mhz c11 dimm but has 2 slots. Questions: in the link below is the CPU spec - i5-5200U - it shows that it can take DDR3L 1333mhz/1600mhz, is that the maximum speed or the baseline (safe) speed ? would the CPU handle 1600mhz c9 or maybe 2133mhz c11 ? is the upgrade even worth it as it's for mild gaming and University work ?

https://ark.intel.com/products/85212/Intel-Core-i5-5200U-Processor-3M-Cache-up-to-2-70-GHz-

HP Pavilion Notebook - 15-ab226na - https://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c04919080

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custom90gt

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Aug 20, 2003
If it were me, I'd try to find a matching stick of what is in there now so you don't have to buy two sticks. There's not a huge reason to go to faster memory, especially since it likely won't run at that speed. Most manufacturers don't have bioses that support XMP or anything like that.