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Browsing new laptops/prebuilt for black friday...odd ram amounts.

My mother in law is in need of a new computer and has tasked me with either building her one, or finding a good deal on a prebuilt.

 

Naturally, with it being Black Friday, i'm on amazon and newegg right now, on the hunt.

 

What struck me as odd was the amount of ram i'm seeing in some of these systems, 12gb? 20gb? Since when do they make 12, 10, or 6gb sticks? Or are OEMs mixing and matching their leftovers? 8 and a 4 to make 12, 16 and a 4 to make 20?

 

Seems like an odd practice when its more standard to use 2 of the same size.

 

Does anybody know why they are doing this, maybe other then cleaning out the spare parts bins?

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Likely the laptop came with 4-8GB soldered on or in one slot, and they threw in another 8-16GB stick giving you the strange amounts.

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2 hours ago, kelvinhall05 said:

Likely the laptop came with 4-8GB soldered on or in one slot, and they threw in another 8-16GB stick giving you the strange amounts.

Yeah, My mother's laptop has 20GB because it has 1 SoDIMM slot (with a 16GB stick) and 4GB soldered on the board. It's a Flex5 or Flex15 I don't remember which.

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CPU: i9-10900k @ Up to 5.3GHz (4.8GHz) all cores 
GPU: RTX 2080 Super (Max P 200W) @ 2025MHz
RAM: 32GB (4x8GB) @ 3200Mhz

Storage: 512GB PRO-X-G2R NVMe SSD, 4TB WD Passport USB-C
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RAM: 120GB (15x8GB) @ 1333Mhz

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RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) @ 2666Mhz
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Not all these PCs with weird RAM configs are soldered. I once had this Acer Aspire which shipped with 4gb+2gb for a total 6gb of RAM, it had really sucky graphics performance for the lack of dual channel availability and all the sticks were removable.

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