Upgrading a Lenovo Ideapad Y580 notebook

Software needs good hardware, so if you accidentally own a Lenovo Ideapad Y580 notebook, here’s what hardware worked fine for me

  • RAM upgrade from 8GB (2x4GB Ramaxel, came with the notebook) to 16 GB: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Laptop memory (CMSX16GX3M2A1600C10).
    Didn’t notice any difference when working (Windows 7 upgrade vom 7.7 to 7.9 rating, wow) except that I don’t run out of RAM anymore when doing development or having VMs running (and allocating a 8GB array in Java works 😉 )
  • Hard disk change from a conventional-SATA 256 GB Samsung SSD EVO 840 to a micro-STA Samsung MZ-M5E250BW internal SSD 250GB (mSATA) aka EVO 850
    Boot time is from about 14 seconds down to 8, also working is a bit faster – the main benefit is that the conventional-SATA slot is now available for a larger standard harddisk
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