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memory upgrade advice requested on g74sx bbk9

DEFTSTAR
Level 7
Hi I would like to know what the model to upgrade my g74sx memory to make it run faster, since it only come with 8 gig and what is the maximum memory can my bois handle. Help appreciates
G74SX-BBK9
CORE i7 2630QM 2GHZ
ZERO GIG RAM
GEFORCE GTX 560M
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Clintlgm
Level 14
More than 8 GB of ram aren't really make your games any faster.
you can use Hwinfo64 to see what your current RAM is if you have empty slots you need to match the timings and voltages. Match as closely as possible even brand name if possible
G752VY-DH72 Win 10 Pro
512 GB M.2 Samsung 960 Pro
1 TB Samsung 850 pro 2.5 format
980m GTX 4 GB
32GB DDR 4 Standard RAM

Z97 PRO WiFi I7 4790K
Windows 10 Pro
Z97 -A
Windows 10 Pro

C4RN1
Level 9
You should look into throttlestop first.

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?2329-ATTENTION-G73-53SW-Owners-CPU-Throttling-to-798mhz-an...

As for memory your laptop uses ddr3 10600s -1600 memory.

I have a G74sx laying around to repair and it has Samsung M471B5273DH0-CH9 memory sticks. If you are going to upgrade it's best to keep everything the same/similar.

You can find them on ebay here

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121619285257?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

If you have 2 of these currently installed (8gb) you could buy another 2 for a total of 16gb. It will cost about $50 and as Clint suggested might make a slight difference or none at all.

What I suggest you do is upgrade to an ssd. The hard drive that comes with the g74sx is usually only 5400rpm. The specs page i pulled up for the bbk9 edition specified it shipped with the 1tb hdd. If you have a 5400rpm 1tb hdd for your operating system I can only imagine how slow the laptop is.

Here is a list of sdd's that will work with your G74sx

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100008118%20600038519

I would suggest to stay away from refurbished ssd's, I've heard nothing but horror stories about them.

After you buy the ssd you will have to reload windows, the asus applications, and the drivers to make all your hardware work correctly. You will also have to install the critical updates from windows.

After all this is done the ssd will change your boot time to about 15 seconds or so. You will also be able to use your current hdd as a secondary drive for data. If you need the adapter (some g74's didn't ship with them) you can buy them used on ebay.

Keep in mind that the G74 has 2 motherboard versions. One has the 3gb gpu, and one has the 2gb gpu. Your laptop has the 2gb gpu since it's the best buy edition. If you see graphics settings for games posted on forums, you need to verify that they are for your laptop or you won't achieve the same results.

You might also want to clean the heatsinks/fans and repaste since the laptop is older. You can monitor your temps with hwinfo64.

It all depends on how far you want to go.

Let us know if you need more info or have any other questions.

DEFTSTAR
Level 7
I was thinking to go for ssd too, now you have mention about it I'm still new to ssd card.

What's the advantage and disadvantage about ssd?
G74SX-BBK9
CORE i7 2630QM 2GHZ
ZERO GIG RAM
GEFORCE GTX 560M

Speeeeeeeeeeeeeed is the difference. Solid State Drive no mechanical parts moving. It's the one upgrade you can do that you will actually notice. You'll want one in the 2.5" format, same as the hard drive you have now. Currently Samsung is the best of the best then Intel
G752VY-DH72 Win 10 Pro
512 GB M.2 Samsung 960 Pro
1 TB Samsung 850 pro 2.5 format
980m GTX 4 GB
32GB DDR 4 Standard RAM

Z97 PRO WiFi I7 4790K
Windows 10 Pro
Z97 -A
Windows 10 Pro

Clintlgm wrote:
Speeeeeeeeeeeeeed is the difference. Solid State Drive no mechanical parts moving. It's the one upgrade you can do that you will actually notice. You'll want one in the 2.5" format, same as the hard drive you have now. Currently Samsung is the best of the best then Intel


do you know what brand/model ssd that suitable for my laptop? or any brand doesn't matter?
G74SX-BBK9
CORE i7 2630QM 2GHZ
ZERO GIG RAM
GEFORCE GTX 560M