Jan 17, 2013

Toshiba R830 and 16GB of RAM

The datasheet of Toshiba R830-10P mentions that the maximum memory capacity is 8GB. See it here.

But Intel says that the i7-2620M supports up to 16GB of RAM. See it here.

I have asked for help on Toshiba Forums. Nothing useful from there. See it here.

I was curious as I have a very particular need for 16GB of RAM. Today I decided to give it a try. I bought two Patriot PSD38G13332S (8GB PC3 - 10600 1333MHz CL9 SoDimm) and installed it on the notebook. It just worked.

Bios screen showing 16384 MB of RAM.

Memtest86+ and some info about performance.

So if you have the need for 16GB of RAM and a similar notebook from Toshiba, you can install 16GB of RAM.

9 comments:

Alexandre Keledjian said...

Hello,
great idea you had to verify that :D
i'm a owner of the same version of laptop and i would like to know: since you made this try, did you encountered any troubles with it ?
I will certainly test it with mine...
thank's for the tip

Peter Senna Tschudin said...

I found no problems. I also found that the 16GB of memory are useful only under certain circumstances.

Alexandre Keledjian said...

i used a lot of ramdisk or tmpfs in order to preserve the ssd. I used gentoo then i compile all the package and then it will be very usefull to me :)
By the way, except for the tpm and some special keys, which i could not make work, this laptop is very linux friendly and it's a real good stuff

Peter Senna Tschudin said...

The suspend/resume does not work for me and for some others. See: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=787299

I also cant use the finger print reader on Linux...

Peter Senna Tschudin said...

But the thing that annoys me more is needing Windows to update the Bios...

Alexandre Keledjian said...

i don't use suspend/resume (because au encrypted but for the fingerprint reader it works like a charm, i made a post oninstalling gentoo on r830, and there's a part which describe it here: https://blogs.fsfe.org/dervishe/2013/01/25/installer-une-gentoo-64-bits-sur-un-toshiba-portege-r830-137/
(but it's in french)

Peter Senna Tschudin said...

The fingerprint really works! Thanks! :-)

Peter Senna Tschudin said...

I found that R930 max ram is 8GB, because 4GB are welded on the MB. This makes the R830 more flexible and more valuable to me. Also the poor and low resolution display of the R830 is the same on the R930, so why would I change to R930?

Devops guy said...

Great. I have the same experience with R830 and 16GB RAM => no problem.