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Help to find details about the laptop to increase the RAM and change the HDD for an SSD.

Level 7

Hello, everyone,

I know my laptop is old, but I'd like to ask if anyone knows if the ASUS x550CA XX103H laptop model supports SSD discs.

I'd also like to know what the maximum RAM this laptop supports and what the RAM details are to buy RAM without specification errors.

I can't find this information in the manual!

This laptop is still used to play some games from that time (2013-2014), but games without demanding too much from the laptop.

Thank you!


Level 11

According to the ASUS manual (this is not a ROG laptop), it does support upgrading the RAM and hard drive.

Things to note are that it uses DDR3 memory and SATA for the HDD/SSD. Essentially if the SSD is in the 2.5" form factor like laptop hard drives, you will very probably be fine. If you need more storage, you should be able to swap out the optical (DVD) drive for a hard drive caddy for another SATA HDD or SSD, which will shorten battery life, but it sounds like you don't run it off the battery anyway. Frankly I suspect the battery is dead by now unless you've bought a new one along the years. There are also claims that only one RAM slot is upgradeable so realistically you can probably do 2+8=10 GB and it will limit the speed by the soldered memory.

These upgrades will greatly improve the performance of the laptop, I would estimate cutting boot time down to a quarter of the current. The main speedup will be in loading times and being able to open more things at the same time. But with a power-saving version of an i3 processor from 2013 with integrated graphics, it will at best be able to normally browse the modern websites and be suitable some proper office work. Anything graphics-intensive or compute-intensive will get an almost negligible upgrade. Laptops normally age in about 5-6 years so don't expect it to feel modern.

Also some friendly unsolicited advice, if you are comfortable with working inside the computer, I would consider cleaning the radiators as well. It is a lot more work than just upgrading RAM or storage as that is under a separate friendly hatch, but if the computer has not been cleaned in the last 11 years, just removing the dust build-up can give you a huge help as well. But only take it on if you feel confident as it is deceptively simple to cause damage if you do not do things properly.


Thank you for your reply!

This laptop has 4GB of soldered RAM, so if I put in an 8GB RAM would I be limited to 10GB of RAM?
I need to know the latency and the CL of the RAM. I know it's DDR3, but I don't know the details of the RAM exactly, because the ASUS manual doesn't mention those details!
So, about SATA, are you saying that the laptop standard is SATA 1 or is it already SATA 2? If I buy a 2.5 SSD with the SATA 3 standard, I think you can install it in the SATA 2 or SATA 1 standards if I'm not mistaken.

Thanks again!


Ah, I thought it had 2+2, meaning 2 soldered. If it has 4 soldered, adding 8 would result in 12GB. And yes, the details are sadly a secret. It is possible that if you have 4+4 right now, the replaceable 4 would give you the information you need.

For 2013, it was probably SATA3 to start with so even though SATA are backwards and forwards compatible, I think you'll end up with SATA3 drive in a SATA3 port. The speed might be a little limited by the computer (the SSD would support faster reading/writing than the port version on that specific laptop), but it'll still be faster for random access than a hard drive. In those days, a good hard drive would match or beat an SSD's speed in consecutive access (few big files). For random access, which is generally needed nowadays, SSDs still gave a big performance boost. Since then, SSDs have become a lot faster, hard drives have barely developed further.

Aside from that, I remembered a little thing that may or may not be an issue. The computer is said to have shipped with Windows 8, in which case I do not remember how good the SSD support was. It should work fine, but you may need to disable automatic scheduled defragmentation to prolong the SSD's lifespan. Basically a hard drive optimization step that would cause an SSD to read and write more than is necessary and an SSD's predicted lifespan is mainly connected to the amount of reading and writing it has to do. I remember when early SSDs became popular for users, Windows did not automatically disable it for SSDs, it was fixed at one point, but I cannot promise it was fixed for Windows 8. 10 and 11 are definitely fine. If you run Linux, any reasonably updated one should have no problems either.

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