Question: What is the maximum capacity and type of memory supported by my Intel Core i5 Mobile processor based laptop?

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Laptops equipped with an Intel Core i5 Mobile processor feature an integrated memory controller located within the processor itself. For this reason, the Intel Core i5 Mobile processor defines the maximum capacity, type and speed of memory supported by your laptop. This is in stark contrast to previous generations of Intel mobile processors that did not feature an integrated memory controller.


Use the below list to identify the Intel Core i5 Mobile processor model your laptop contains, along with its maximum supported memory capacity, memory speed and type.


Intel Core i5 Mobile processors

  • Intel® Core™ Processor i5-2435M (3M Cache, 2.40 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 16GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-8500, PC3-10600 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-2557M Processor (3M Cache, 1.70 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-8500, PC3-10600 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-2540M Processor (3M Cache, 2.60 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-8500, PC3-10600 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-2537M Processor (3M Cache, 1.40 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-8500, PC3-10600 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-2520M Processor (3M Cache, 2.50 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-8500, PC3-10600 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-2510E Processor (3M Cache, 2.50 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-8500, PC3-10600 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-2467M Processor (3M Cache, 1.60 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-8500, PC3-10600 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-2450M Processor (3M Cache, 2.30 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 16GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-2430M Processor (3M Cache, 2.30 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 16GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-2410M Processor (3M Cache, 2.30 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 16GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-580M Processor (3M Cache, 2.66 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-560UM (3M Cache, 1.33 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-560M (3M Cache, 2.66 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-540UM (3M Cache, 1.20 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-540M (3M Cache, 2.53 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-520UM (3M Cache, 1.06 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-520M (3M Cache, 2.40 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-480M Processor (3M Cache, 2.66 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-470UM (3M Cache, 1.33 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-460M (3M Cache, 2.53 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-450M (3M cache, 2.40 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3


  • Intel® Core™ i5-430UM (3M cache, 1.20 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400


  • Intel® Core™ i5-430M (3M Cache, 2.26 GHz)
  • Maximum memory capacity: 8GB

    Memory speed & type: PC3-6400, PC3-8500 DDR3



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