Lenovo Ideapad 100-15iby Notebook RAM Upgrade Tips

Lenovo Ideapad 100-15iby notebook is around 5-6 years old notebook but works great after SSD upgrade. Lenovo Ideapad 100-15iby notebook comes with 4 GB Ram. Actually, 4GB Ram is enough for most of the daily jobs, after SSD Upgrade.

Notice that, upgrading to SSD disk from mechanical disk, usually gives much more performance improvement. For this reason, if you are using standard mechanical disk, consider upgrading to a SSD disk.

Lenovo Ideapad 100-15iby

But when I installed Adobe Illustrator, things started to change!

That kind of vector based graphics software requires plenty of RAM. Usually, more RAM = Better load time and performance. Adobe Illustrator is also one of them.

First of all Adobe Illustrator runs with Lenovo Ideapad 100 with 4GB RAM. But I wanted to upgrade RAM for better performance.

Lenovo Ideapad 100-15iby CPU

When I checked my notebook with CPU-Z, I see that my notebook use DDR3 type ram (Not DDR4). This is something normal for 6 years old notebook. Then, I checked number of slots, I saw 2 slots! Great! I can add a 8 GB Ram and upgrade it to 4 GB + 8 GB = 12 GB.

Lenovo Ideapad 100-15iby 4GB

But unfortunately not…

Lenovo Ideapad 100-15iby runs with 1.35V voltage, not 1.5V. For this reason you must choose a low voltage RAM. I made quick search and find Kingston Technology KVR16LS11/8 8GB and bought. Actually, you can buy other low voltage DDR3 Notebook Rams also.

Disassembly of Lenovo Ideapad 100 notebook is not as easy as expected. Not like as it is 10 years ago old notebooks. For this reason, if you don’t have *any* experience I would not recommend opening of it.

Anyway, I disassembled Ideapad 100 and I see that it has only ONE RAM slots! I was planning to get 4GB + 8GB = 12GB but unfortunately it is not possible. It has only one Ram slot. So I added my 8GB Kingston Ram and I ended with a 8GB Ideapad 100.

In short: Lenovo Ideapad 100-15iby has only one RAM Slot. Don’t plan as if it has 2 RAM slots.

Lenovo Ideapad 100-15iby 8GB Kingston RAM

First impressions…

Booting time of Lenovo ideapad is not changed much. Actually, since I’m using a SSD disk, booting time was fairly low (around 5 seconds) and did not expect an improvement.

Daily usage responses did not changed after RAM upgrade too, which was good also.

What I’m expecting was Adobe Illustrator loading and response times and YES they are better. I’m pretty sure that, working with complex Illustrator jobs will be much more smooth.

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