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Upgrade the memory and storage in your Acer laptop or desktop PC

Acer is one of the world’s largest vendors of PCs, and petabytes of RAM and storage go into Acer computers new and old every year. Upgrading your Acer desktop or laptop with extra RAM or a new SSD is a process that may seem daunting to those who have never done something of the kind before. However, they’re some of the most straightforward modifications that can be made to a computer.

Benefits of RAM upgrades for Acer computers

There are many improvements that RAM upgrades can offer to Acer laptops, desktops, servers, and workstations.

  • Overall computer performance: if your computer has been generally sluggish, new memory modules can put some extra zip into it.
  • Multitasking: for users who want their machines to handle gaming and streaming, rendering and editing, or any other combination of high-intensity tasks with greater ease, extra memory is a great choice.
  • Lifespan of machine: those trying to eke out extra use from a laptop or desktop that is already several years old can find a simple memory upgrade can save significant amounts of money over the cost of a new system.
  • Faster boot times: with more memory to handle startup processes, users can save time on their startup.
  • Productivity: depending on the line of work (graphics rendering and programming are two such examples), a memory update can mean that work goes more quickly.
  • Latency in games: high-quality RAM has lower latency, meaning that data is accessed faster and therefore the computer operates faster.

How to upgrade your Acer computer

The process of adding memory or storage to your Acer computer will vary somewhat depending on the model, but largely the steps are the same.

Step 1: Finding your Acer’s issue

Identifying a problem with your computer is typically the first step. You might find its hard drive is bottlenecking your workflow, or that Photoshop is overwhelming your computer’s physical memory. Not all issues of this kind require a hardware upgrade, however–some may be resolved by other means.

Innards of a futuristic-looking computer with four Kingston FURY Renegade DDR4 modules slotted.

Step 2: Looking at upgrade solutions

If you have pursued the most obvious solutions for a system running slowly (or not at all) and have not noticed any improvements, finding and installing a suitable upgrade is the solution to pursue next.

Step 3: Considering your memory/storage needs

With the knowledge that you need an upgrade for your Acer, you should then research how much memory or storage will solve the computer issues you have been experiencing. Kingston offers a resource to determine how much memory a system has, and how much memory it could benefit from.

Step 4: Finding your model number

You can’t find the appropriate RAM for your Acer system’s processor without knowing what model your computer is. Acer names its models in a few different ways, such as:

  • TravelMate P4 14 TMP414-53-785A
  • Aspire 5 Spin 14 A5SP14-51MTN-52ZC
  • Chromebook Vero 514 CBV514-1HT-588K
  • You can often find an Acer laptop’s model number on a label on the machine’s underside. Check the bottom of your Acer laptop for a sticker or label that should include that detail. If it isn’t there, it may be on the palmrest (the area of your laptop around the touchpad).
  • Accessing the system information is also an option. Windows users can press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box, then enter ‘msinfo32’. A window containing system information will appear, with the line System SKU. This is where you’ll find your computer’s model name and number.

Step 5: Using the Configurator

Enter the model number into Kingston’s Configurator: specifically, the Search by System/Device box. You’ll see either a list of variations, or one specific model, along with the brand name. Click on the appropriate link and the Configurator will tell you how much RAM your Acer system can accommodate. It may not be immediately obvious, since it’s accompanied by a lot of technical information, but the memory section will detail how much your model comes with as standard, as well as its maximum, whether you can upgrade or expand the system’s memory, and the memory bank schema (or the configuration of memory sockets on your motherboard). It will note, too, if the model’s factory-configured memory simply cannot be removed, which is an issue some laptops have.

Step 6: Assessing the system results page

The Configurator recommends memory options chosen to be compatible with your system. Scroll down to find a list of memory options guaranteed to work with your system, as well as links to purchase: Kingston’s approved resellers, or in some territories, options to purchase directly from Kingston. The Configurator will also suggest storage upgrades, as a new SSD will not only improve the speed of file uploading and downloading compared to any hard drives you may be using – an SSD complements the task of upgraded memory in improving overall performance. A substantial storage upgrade could be surprisingly inexpensive.

screenshot of the Configurator results of a Dell model PC
Your results will likely resemble this.

Step 7: Installing your upgrade

Your next task is installing the memory into your system. This can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before. That’s why Kingston has video and text guides for installing memory in desktop PCs, as well as installing memory in a laptop.

  • The first thing to do is back up your computer before undertaking any kind of upgrade. RAM upgrades are easier than other sorts, but accidents can happen, and it’s best to be prepared.
  • Once your backup is complete, turn off the computer and, if you have a laptop, unplug the machine from the power adapter and remove the battery, if it is detachable.
  • To avoid static electric discharges that could harm components, it’s important to work on the right surface. Avoid carpet, rugs, or other fabrics. Keep pets away from your workspace. Touch metal before you begin your work, or wear an anti-static band to discharge any static electricity (ESD) that could damage RAM and other components inside the system.
  • Unscrew the case or cover and put all screws in a safe place such as a box or plastic baggie.
  • Your machine’s memory sockets might be protected by a metal plate or cooling shroud, which should also be carefully removed.

Modules to be removed are usually held in place by a clip; push either side to release the module from the socket then making sure to only touch the outer edges, pull out the RAM module slowly. When installing modules, line up the module so the notch on the bottom aligns with the socket correctly. DIMMs plug into sockets vertically. Once the notch on the module is aligned with the socket, press firmly on the top left and right sides to secure it in place. A rocking motion may help. Once the module is seated correctly, the clips on the sides of the socket will engage, securing the DIMM in place. For SODIMMs, the module will slide into the socket at a 45-degree angle. When firmly seated, press the module down flat until the clips automatically engage, holding it in place.

FAQs about RAM for Acer computers

Can I add RAM to my Acer computer?

It may be possible, but it is worth confirming, either with Kingston’s Configurator tool, or by consulting your user manual. It may be necessary sometimes to identify the system’s CPU and current memory configuration to know what upgrade options are available. Your system’s CPU can be identified on Windows machines with the System Info tab in Settings. With the CPU known, it’s easier to check RAM specifications either on the respective website or a similar online resource.

Additionally, some Acer laptops have memory soldered to the motherboard. These are not removable. Systems like this are commonly referred to as having ‘on-board’ RAM. Some of these laptops have an additional open socket, in which case it will be possible to add RAM.

How much RAM does my Acer system need?

More RAM assists with complex tasks such as gaming or video editing. Kingston’s Memory Configurator can be helpful to establish requirements for different categories of user.

Now you’ve learned why it’s a great option and how easy it could be to give your Acer system a new lease on life with a simple upgrade.


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