NB10 RAM upgrade to 8GB

Although Toshiba mention 8GB models of the NB10 in some marketing material, there don’t seem to be any readily-available 8GB examples in the UK.

I’ve confirmed this evening that the NB10 can be upgraded from the standard 4GB to 8GB by replacing the single 4GB SODIMM under the hatch on the underside with an 8GB one.

Toshiba have an excellent clear video about the procedure at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPbCqMZpydw – it’s very simple. Note that (as with disk replacement), the system is not truly powered down unless the battery is removed, and this must be done before the RAM is removed.

No adjustments to the BIOS are necessary and there are no errors – the system just boots up as normal.

The system ships with a 4GB DDR3L-1600 (PC12800) SODIMM. I replaced this with an 8GB unit (it’s a straight swap with my 2012 Mac Mini).

Interestingly, dmidecode on the Toshiba reports it as 1066MHz unit – although it is definitely a 1600MHz unit and is labelled as such and works at 1600MHz in my Mac. I’m not sure why this happens.

8GB is the maximum RAM supported by the Intel Bay Trail-M platform upon which the NB10 is based.

Update 20160905:

A reader reported trouble with adding an 8GB DIMM. Here are some photos of my setup. I haven’t altered anything about this since March 2014 and (tempting fate here…) have had no trouble.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “NB10 RAM upgrade to 8GB

  1. Paris, Friday 25 July 2014, 8.21 PM

    Good evening!

    I have just bought a Satellite NB10t-A-10F. From your blog, and other indications, I understood that it would be possible to upgrade to 8 GB the installed 4 GB RAM. I’ve done similar RAM increases on several previous Toshiba portable PCs.

    However, when asking to buy a 8 GB SODIMM memory bar from my local supplier, they told me that the upgrade was not possible, and pointed to the Toshiba website which indeed states clearly that the maximum RAM is the 4 GB which is already installed.

    In your blog above, are you therefore saying that although Toshiba states clearly that the RAM limit is 4 GB, in fact it IS possible to install 8 GB, and that this 8 GB RAM functions fully and normally?

    I need the 8 GB in particular to run Dragon Naturally Speaking, which alone needs 4 GB RAM, leaving little room to run other software.

    Looking forward to your rapid reply!

    Many thanks for your help …

    Regards
    Antony

  2. Hello Mentalnirex

    I would like to upgrade my Toshiba NB10 to 8 GB.

    I found in the Celeron N2810 record on Intel Ark that this processor accepts a total amount of memory equal to 8 GB. But, for example, Toshiba support and Crucial’s memory configurator for the Toshiba NB10 series gives only 1x4GB solutions.

    In fact, Intel has limited the N2810 max RAM to 8 GB, but not with 1x8GB only with 2x4GB.
    So we can’t install 2x4GB in the NB10 because the computer is equipped with only one memory slot. The max amount of memory is then 1x4GB because of this hardware limitation.

    I’ve tested a 1x8GB DDR3L 1600 SODIMM in the NB10 and it wasn’t able to start.

    It could help to publish the reference of your Mac Mini 1x8MB memory module. Apple support
    (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202593) tells that Mac Mini 2012 (Core i5) two memory slots accept standard PC3-12800 DDR3 204-pin SO-DIMM 1600 MHz with a maximum of 2x8GB.

    Thanks

    Regards,
    –tqdcdl

    • Thank you for the comment.

      I added an update to this post with some higher-resolution photos of the RAM.

      The stickers on the DIMM say:
      MT16KTS1G64HZ-1G6E1 1330
      8GB 2RX8 PC3L-12800S-11-11-D1
      PRODUCT OF CHINA DPAD30M013

  3. Hello mentalnirex,

    Many thanks for these complementary informations and photos, they helped me a lot to choose a memory module. Now I can say a Toshiba NB10 (mine is A-103) can be equipped with 8 GB of RAM, even when Toshiba and Crucial claim it can’t.

    Now for those who’d want to upgrade their own NB10, it’s important to know that not all kind of memory modules will work. For instance, I’ve tested with a HyperX HX316LS9IB/8 (http://www.kingston.com/dataSheets/HX316LS9IB_8.pdf) and the NB10 didn’t boot at all.

    Don’t look for a Crucial MT16KTS1G64HZ-1G6E1, this memory module is not built anymore nor sold.

    The memory module I bought is the Crucial CT102464BF160B (http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ct102464bf160b#productDetails). In fact Amazon displays it is its best seller in the SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 category. It’s a very common and affordable memory module.

    So, if you own a NB10, don’t hesitate to upgrade it to 8 GB of RAM, it works well.

    Have a nice day !

  4. Hi,
    I can confirm that the Crucial CT102464BF160B module works with NB10T-A-101.
    You can find this module on ebay or amazon or any other sites but surprisingly my one was cheaper buying from the official crucial website (delivery was free).

    I was also thinking about getting a Micron 8GB 8 GB 2Rx8 PC3L-12800S 64Hz DDR3 MT16KTF1G64HZ as this might be the closest to the module from the original post.
    It’s £10 cheaper than the CT102464BF160B (and Crucial is also a Micron module in reality just marketed under the name Crucial) but after reading that not all modules are compatible I didn’t want to take the risk.

    So in short, Crucial CT102464BF160B works perfectly fine with my NB10T-A-101, I’ve got 8GB now.

    Cheers

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