There are many ways to find out which RAM
you need, you can look up the device manufacturer’s website, in my case it
would be Dell, there are also free tools that will display all the information
about your RAM, and CPU-Z is one example.
However this might be confusing to some, so
in that case you only need to visit Crucial’s website and in the first page you
will find a grey box saying "Two ways to find compatible upgrades",
just like the picture below.
You can choose whatever option you like,
but the easiest is to choose the scan your system option. Once you click
it will redirect you to a page that will ask you to download the scanner,
but before you do that you need to read the terms and conditions and
select the agree box before you can get the small exe file.
Then you only need to run the Crucial
executable file, which after a few seconds will open a new window on your web
browser, and after a few more seconds, will give you the info on the machine prompting
you with a possible combination of RAM and also an SSD.
As we can see from the picture, the tool
did find my Dell Inspiron 15 3537, and it was able to also find the RAM that I
have already installed, in my case it’s the 2x8GB that I am currently testing,
but most importantly it was able to inform me about the maximum memory that the
manufacturer says that this laptop supports. On the righthand side you will see
the recommendations that it made, you can select ‘view all’ for the RAM or the
SSD and choose whichever is best for your needs.
Let’s head to the next page where we
take a look at our testing methods and the review PC.