What a great piece of hardware is Dell Inspiron 7352! In the year 2015, this laptop was on the market with 8G DDR3L SODIMM and this was the maximum single SODIMM RAM available at the moment! Still, DELL had decided to make this laptop with memory slot not soldered on the motherboard! After around two years Crucial made available a single 16G DDR3L SODIMM – Crucial CT25664BF160B DDR3L 1600 MT/s PC3L-12800 SODIMM 204 Pin Memory 16gb and DELL made a BIOS update, which made the laptop to support 16G RAM!
This article is to confirm that
DELL Inspiron 13 7352 laptop (i7-5500U 2.40GHz) works perfectly with Crucial 16G DDR3L!
The BIOS is A08 (11/13/2015), probably it would work with all later version after A08, too! At present, there are newer BIOS versions, but we haven’t flashed our BIOS yet!
description: Notebook product: Inspiron 7352 (06B5) vendor: Dell Inc. version: A08 serial: 1111111 width: 4294967295 bits capabilities: smbios-2.7 dmi-2.7 smp vsyscall32 configuration: administrator_password=disabled boot=normal chassis=notebook sku=06B5 uuid=44454C4C-4C00-1030-8056-B1C04F443332 *-core description: Motherboard product: 0N0DFW vendor: Dell Inc. physical id: 0 version: A00 serial: .1111111.xxxx. slot: Type2 - Board Chassis Location *-firmware description: BIOS vendor: Dell Inc. physical id: 0 version: A08 date: 11/13/2015 size: 128KiB capacity: 6080KiB capabilities: pci upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect edd int13floppynec int13floppytoshiba int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int9keyboard int10video acpi usb biosbootspecification uefi *-cpu description: CPU product: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40GHz vendor: Intel Corp. physical id: 4 bus info: cpu@0 version: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40GHz serial: To Be Filled By O.E.M. slot: U3E1 size: 2927MHz capacity: 3GHz width: 64 bits clock: 100MHz capabilities: x86-64 fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 sdbg fma cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm abm 3dnowprefetch cpuid_fault epb invpcid_single pti tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid ept_ad fsgsbase tsc_adjust bmi1 avx2 smep bmi2 erms invpcid rdseed adx smap intel_pt xsaveopt dtherm ida arat pln pts cpufreq configuration: cores=2 enabledcores=2 threads=4 *-cache:0 description: L1 cache physical id: 6 slot: L1 Cache size: 32KiB capacity: 32KiB capabilities: synchronous internal write-back instruction configuration: level=1 *-cache:1 description: L2 cache physical id: 7 slot: L2 Cache size: 256KiB capacity: 256KiB capabilities: synchronous internal write-back unified configuration: level=2 *-cache:2 description: L3 cache physical id: 8 slot: L3 Cache size: 4MiB capacity: 4MiB capabilities: synchronous internal write-back unified configuration: level=3 *-cache description: L1 cache physical id: 5 slot: L1 Cache size: 32KiB capacity: 32KiB capabilities: synchronous internal write-back data configuration: level=1 *-memory description: System Memory physical id: 26 slot: System board or motherboard size: 16GiB *-bank description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1600 MHz (0.6 ns) product: 16KTF2G64HZ-1G6A1 vendor: Micron physical id: 0 serial: 28248586 slot: ChannelA-DIMM_A size: 16GiB width: 64 bits clock: 1600MHz (0.6ns)
And after the upgrade, you have a spare 8G DDR3L SODIMM (in our case) for let’s say your fanless Intel NUK!
SCREENSHOT 1) The DELL original 8G DDR3L SODIMM RAM, which ships from DELL.
SCREENSHOT 2) The new SODDIM placed in Dell Inspiron 7352 and it works like a charm.
What an upgrade to your laptop 2 years later and even more! We upgraded our laptops 4 years later from 8 to 16G and with the specs of i7-5500u, 16G, SSD with 1T (nowadays these SSDs are so cheap!) and only 1.6 kilos is a killer! This laptop and many of the kind with
NOT soldered RAM and storage
are so easy to extend their life and even compete with middle price range laptops in 2019 – 4 years later! Compare this with the nowadays solder everything to save 1mm or 2 and 100g or 200g more (for some of the parts is even less like RAM! Look at the pictures above, the slot does not occupy much space than the space of a soldered RAM DIMM would do and probably it would be 1mm thicker than the soldered DIMM)
Most laptops with 16G RAM are not cheap and those with less are most likely with soldered RAM and no slot to upgrade!