Will adding RAM to my laptop generates more heat?

Yau Kel November 3, 2012

I am using an Asus laptop running i3 2.2ghz with the gfx card Nvidia GT520M 1GB.

Currently running stock at 2GB. My question is will adding ram to make it a total of 4GB or 6GB generates more heat? I have BAD experiences with overheating previously and would like to avoid it at all costs.

  1. Vedavyas Paruchuri
    April 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    No - it will not generate more heat

  2. Alexandra Momo
    February 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Well, if you want to add more Ram, you can always download it: http://www.downloadmoreram.com/

    I don't think it will work, if you want to prevent overheating, I suggest you to stop some software that you don't need and make some cleaning inside. There may be some dust blocking the air vent or the fan.

  3. Abba Jee
    November 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I'm sure the experience you had of over heating was generated from your cpu not from ram, you may have same experience even if you uninstall one of your ram there , you still can have same problem even if you install another ram

  4. Tebawiha Lelhchhun
    November 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Yes,because every time you upgrade your system,it requires more power and thus,more heat is produced

  5. Tony Gonzaga
    November 10, 2012 at 11:54 am

    No. Actually, it may help reduce the heat generated by the CPU.

  6. Nikhil Chandak
    November 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm
  7. Indronil Mondal
    November 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Yes it does generate heat
    check this article
    my suggestion will be
    just add a single ram with more capacity dont use the two together if you r having heating problems

  8. Kannon Y
    November 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Yes, a relatively small amount. Your battery life will somewhat go down (in my experience, not really) if you add another stick of RAM. However, if you simply swap a 4GB stick for the 2GB, your heat and drain will decrease. You won't get dual channel mode (if your system supports that), but that's not a big deal anyway.

    The funny thing is that heat produced is dependent entirely on the NUMBER of sticks of RAM that you use, rather than the total size of RAM. For example, a single stick of 4GB uses around 1.5 volts. Two sticks of course can consume 3 volts, regardless of total capacity. However, the difference is relatively minimal, since that probably translates into a difference of a few watts.

    Tomshardware.com did an article on the subject of special, low voltage RAM. Where normal DDR3 RAM uses 1.5 volts, LV RAM uses about 1.25 or 1.3 volts. Unfortunately, while this did reduce system heat, it ultimately had a negligible impact on battery life (not sure if that little point is in the article).

    Conversely, with more RAM, the CPU works less hard. And the CPU is probably the biggest source of heat production in your computer.

    In case you're interested, a low voltage 4GB stick of DDR3 from Crucial goes for around $20 USB on Newegg.

  9. Douglas Mutay
    November 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    No. The more Ram you will add, the less heat will have.

  10. Jim Chambers
    November 5, 2012 at 5:06 am

    If you're replacing 2x1GB SODIMMs with 2x2GB (4GB) or 2x4 (8GB) SODIMMs then no extra heat will be generated. Check your laptop specs. Maybe you can use faster RAM modules than those supplied. Is your Windows 7 a 64 bit version?

    • Kelvin
      November 5, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Yes. It is windows 7 64 bit. I bought a 2GB ram to compliment my current 2GB. Both DDR3 and I think the new one is 1333mhz.

  11. Prasad Adm
    November 5, 2012 at 5:01 am


  12. Adam Campbell
    November 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm


  13. Raghav Gupta
    November 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

    No I dont think so

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    November 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

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  15. Yiz Borol
    November 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Simply: Yes.

    but it shouldn't be a significant amount to cause any problems.

  16. Easton Wiki
    November 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    No it will not.

  17. Alan Wade
    November 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    RAM wont generate heat that you would notice unless its faulty, then it can warm up a little or cause the CPU to warm up.

  18. Rob Nadin
    November 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm


  19. Srinivas N
    November 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    In my opinion a Big NO..only the heat from Processor or Graphic card is considerable..In case if you feel it is still generating heat trim down back ground processes through task manager..

  20. Pwince Khan
    November 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    a little bit i think..cause more power more heat

  21. Dimal Chandrasiri
    November 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    a ram generates a heat when it works but not much of a heat that your laptop would go for a melt down! :D the heat ram makes cannot be compared to the heat that is being generated by the processor or the vga. so it won't affect your laptop!

  22. josemon maliakal
    November 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Since you have a good configuration laptop..I think adding ram will not generate much heat on your device

  23. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    No. In fact, your system will have more power and therefore it'll not work as hard as it's now.

  24. ha14
    November 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    if your powersuply still has power then this will not make any difference in heat. you will have more heat if RAM is faulty,

    RAM chips themselves have limits...x-amount of voltage, at no more than X-temperature.

  25. Boni Oloff
    November 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Nope. And it must also possibly reduce the heat , since the more ram, the less the processor doing transfer between the RAM and HD. So, reduce the processor work, and possibly reduce the heat too.

  26. Ayush Padia
    November 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    In my opinion NO

  27. Anonymous
    November 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    More electronic circuitry, more power consumption, more heat. But it will be relatively insignificant. The major source of heat in all computers is the CPU. The heat generated from RAM is miniscule in comparison.

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