Upgrade the RAM in your Dell XPS 15 (9570)

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Dell XPS owners are upgrading their RAM to a whopping 32 GB of premium DDR4 2666 MHz memory, but that is not particularly easy due to the specific RAM brands required and hard to manage screws.

That is why we have compiled this XPS 15 (9570) RAM manual.

Dell XPS 15 RAM: Faster or more (or both)?

Before we go to the actual explanation, let's talk about it why you want to upgrade your RAM. Chances are that you want more RAM, faster RAM or both.

If your XPS 15 has 8 GB of RAM and you want 16 GB, you can easily download more memory.

Is 32 GB overkill in a laptop? Probably.

Faster RAM is a bit trickier. The XPS 15 (9570) comes with 8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB of DDR4-2666MHz (CAS 19) memory, which is great. The only way to make it truly & # 39; faster & # 39; is to buy RAM with better Column Address Select (CAS) latency, but this is a questionable upgrade and probably not worth it or just cost.

Moreover, there seem to be problems with the XPS 15 9570 with less than CAS 17, making CAS 16 RAM a no-go. Dell is constantly releasing BIOS updates to address this, but for the time being it means it has to happen very selective which RAM you choose.

More RAM also consumes more energy from the system, but it's such a negligible amount that you hardly notice it. In fact, if you use your current RAM to the maximum, you use more power by putting the energy-hungry SSD to work as an overflow memory.

Finally, the Dell XPS 15 (9570) achieves a maximum of 32 GB of DDR4 RAM (a pair of 16 GB sticks), but theoretical models with an Intel Core i7 or Core i9 processor can support a maximum of 64 GB. However, there are currently no double 32 GB sticks on the market.

How to find it correct RAM for your XPS 15 (9570)

Unfortunately, you can't just buy random RAM memory sticks to place in the XPS 15 (9570) due to a disk and BIOS compatibility issue. The good news is that the fine people at Reddit have compiled a worklist of what works and what doesn't work.

Here are two brands and sizes that should work:

Remember that it is always better to increase the RAM amount compared to the RAM speed. If you have to choose one, go for more RAM. I do not recommend buying less RAM that is clocked faster. The XPS 15 (9570) already comes with fast RAM, so that's it amount we want to improve.

RAM upgrade difficulty

We have previously rated XPS 15 RAM upgrades as simple, but that has changed a bit with the 9570. Actually replacing RAM is simple, but removing the bottom of the XPS 15 (9570) is harder than two possible reasons:

  1. Dell used very soft Torx T5 screws that can be easily removed.
  2. Dell used a light thread locker, making them more difficult to remove.

By doing this upgrade on our XPS 15 (9570), we removed all the screws and used a Torx T6 driver, but it was very difficult to remove them. It was heavy, intensive and if you slip, you could scratch the body of the XPS 15.

Having a good Torx screwdriver is a good start. The other is patient. The good side is that even if you remove the head of the screw by using a larger size, you can still push the screw. But it can be labor intensive and stressful.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Tools you must upgrade Dell XPS 15 (9570) RAM

You need Torx and Philips screwdrivers and a small tool to remove the bottom of the XPS 15.

You may have your own tools, but I picked up the Kingsdun 14 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Repair Tool Kit on Amazon. Ignore the & # 39; for Apple & # 39; marketing, as this set contains all the parts you need for this job, including a Torx T5 screwdriver. It was only $ 14 and contains all the tools you need to work on electronics such as a laptop, and it will probably also come in handy in the future.

Kingsdun Repair Tool Kit ($ 14)

You also want a clean and well-lit workspace and somewhere safe to place the screws from the bottom of the XPS 15. An antistatic wristband is not necessary, but it is very useful.

Rosewill Anti-Static Wristband ($ 6)

If you want to buy some screws while waiting for them to be replaced (not a bad idea at all), this set of $ 10 has the right M2 * 3 screws (black) that fit. They are also ordinary Philips screws, which will be easier later if you have to remove the cover again.

Opening the Dell XPS 15 (9570)

Before you start, switch off your laptop (do not sleep or hibernate) and disconnect it from the power adapter.

To open the XPS 15 (9570), follow these steps

XPS 15 screws

XPS 15 screws All 12 screws that hold the XPS 15 together

  1. Place the XPS 15 with the front side down. (I recommend using a cloth to prevent scratches.)
  2. Remove the 10 Torx screws from the bottom edge.
  3. Remove the 2 Philips Phillips screws under the center XPS label (lift the lid).
  4. Carefully pry off the cover with a crowbar.

The cover should simply click and release without much force after all 12 screws have been removed.

Change the XPS 15 (9570) RAM

The RAM in Dell & # 39; s XPS 15 (9570).

The RAM is easy to find on the opened XPS 15 (9570) because it is located exactly in the middle of the machine and is unobstructed. You can see the placement in the image above.

The RAM is held by clips on each side of the chip. Press with a small tool to push the clamp aside, away from the RAM. Once you do this for each side, the chip should appear at a 45-degree angle.

The terminals that hold the RAM on the XPS 15

Then follow these steps to remove and replace the RAM in your XPS 15:

  1. Push clamps to the side for each RAM chip. (When RAM is free from the terminals, they must pop up slightly.)
  2. Carefully pull the chip away from the motherboard.

  3. Insert the new RAM (the label is facing out).
  4. Carefully press the RAM until you hear the clamps click.
  5. Repeat for secondary RAM chip.

After the RAM is clicked into place and the clamps hold it, you can reassemble the XPS 15. Start from the center (under the cover of the XPS label) and then enter the four corners and finally fill in the middle and side screws. Do not over tighten the screws because the screws of the Torx head are soft and you can easily strip the heads. Tighten them carefully.

Complete your Dell XPS 15 (9570) RAM upgrade

32 GB Corsair 2666 RAM installed on the XPS 15 (9570) via CPU-Z.

When you turn on the XPS 15 for the first time after the upgrade, the screen stays black for about 30 seconds. Do not panic, because the BIOS checks for changes. You will soon see a BIOS-like screen in which you will be informed that the hardware has changed. This is normal and you can select "Continue" to proceed to Windows startup.

This screen is normal after you have changed the RAM.

You do not have to change anything in the system BIOS or Windows, because both recognize the new RAM. If you want, you can use the following steps to check if you have the correct speed and amount when the XPS 15 starts up:

  1. Touch F12 when you see the Dell logo.
  2. Go to BIOS settings.
  3. Navigate to General> System information and check Memory speed.

You should see 2666MHz and the amount of RAM listed under & # 39; System Information & # 39 ;.

Alternatively, you can use the free CPU-Z app to verify even more details about the configuration of your system.

Dell XPS 15 (9570), RAM and you

Could you successfully upgrade the RAM of your XPS 15? Have you discovered problems? Which RAM did you use for your upgrade and how much? Let me know in responses.

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