Legion Y530: RAM upgrade and maximum supported memory

Lenovo Legion Y530
Lenovo Legion Y530

If you find yourself in need for more RAM for your Legion Y530, can you update it yourself? Is it difficult? How much memory does the Legion Y530 support anyway?

RAM upgrade?

I ended up ordering a Legion Y530 that only contained 8GB of memory. As the machine is destined to become a development machine, this memory amount is just not enough. So I needed to upgrade it.

Why buy a machine like that in the first place, you ask? Because when looking at what configurations were available in Finland, none were a perfect fit for what I was looking for. But as the RAM is upgradeable, I choose one that most closely matches my requirements, but had less RAM than needed.

Maximum supported memory

The maximum supported memory for the Legion Y530 is 32GB of memory. It has two memory slots, each slot supports 16GB of memory. The supported memory type is DDR4 SO-DIMM 2666Mhz RAM.

The maximum amount of 32GB I confirmed by installing this much memory in the Y530 🙂

The Lenovo PSREF contains (at the moment) wrong information, because it states that 16GB as the maximum amount of memory. If you check the data sheets, product announcements or the Lenovo web page, they will all list 32GB as the maximum amount available.

Warranty?

Will this upgrade break my warranty? If you do not break anything else in the process, your warranty will remain intact, but of course will not cover the new memory modules you add. Only the original RAM module is covered by the warranty.

If you happen to make any damage during the upgrade, then that is not covered by warranty.

Preparations

To perform the RAM upgrade, you will need the following:

  • One (or more) Legion Y530 notebooks of course 🙂
  • DDR4 2666Mhz SO DIMM memory module or modules. I used Kingston Hyper X for the upgrade.
  • The hardware maintenance manual for the Legion Y530. I like to put it onto a tablet, so I can view it during the time I am working on the computer.
  • A flat surface to work on
  • A small Philips head screwdriver
  • Thin plastic tools to pry open the back cover
  • Good lights
Preparing to upgrade RAM

Preparing to upgrade RAM

I like to use tools by iFixit. You can buy a kit that contains almost everything you need, like their Pro Tech Toolkit. Or you can buy individual tools or some bagged kits as well. Notice they have a separate EU store.

Disclaimer: I am not supported by or affiliated with iFixit. I chose their tools because I find them very useful, but I do not receive any sort of compensation for recommending them. 

Getting started

You need to remove 11 screws from the back panel before you can get it off. You might need some sort of container to hold them while you do your repairs. Also note that 5 are different length then the rest, so make sure you don’t mix them up!

With the screws removed you need to push something in between the back panel and the body. DO NOT USE anything metallic like a blade, because you will leave scratch marks. The iFixit spudger works wonders, as do the opening picks or opening tools.

Legion Y530 back panel

Legion Y530 back panel

I tried inserting the opening picks first, then flexing a little so I can get the opening tool or the spudger in between the panel and the base. Then I try to widen the gap so the plastic hooks give way. For example you can try twisting the spudger. You should hear small clicks as the backpanel starts to open up.

I released the front side first, before moving on to the sides. The air flow vents required some extra force that made me a little uncomfortable. The vent need to be flexed OUTWARD from the body to have it separate. The back side did not give any resistance when the front and the sides were removed.

Inside the Legion Y530

Make sure to follow the Hardware Maintenance Manual as to what order to proceed!

Legion Y530 from the inside

Legion Y530 from the inside

Disconnect the battery first. You should also touch some metallic object that is grounded (like a radiator in a central heating system or similar thing). This will discharge any static electricity you might have. If you touch the memory modules while loaded with static electricity, you might damage the memory module(s) or your computer.

The memory is located under the shiny metal rectangle in the middle.

Memory shield

Memory shield

The memory shield in held in place by clips. I inserted the opening picks between the shield and the clip on the right side, before using the spudger to lift the shield. When one side was freed, I simply removed the shield with hands. Make sure to lift the entire shield upwards. If you tilt one side up, you risk braking the clips.

Underneath the shield are two memory slots.

Memory slots

Memory slots

You need to unclip the existing module or modules on the sides, slide them out and then slide in the new modules, and push them down until they click in place. See the HMM again.

Putting it together

Put the shield back in place, making sure the edges go between the clips on all sides.

Reconnect the battery.

Replace the back cover, from the back first. Clip the back side in place, proceed on the sides and finally on the front. Add all the screws you removed.

Reboot

Some instructions say you might need to reboot several times for the new RAM to be recognized. My first reboot lasted an awfully long time before the Legion logo showed up. But after that Windows started and it reported 32GB of RAM.

I also entered BIOS settings and confirmed the RAM amount is visible there as well.

Y530 BIOS with memory amount

Y530 BIOS with memory amount

That concludes the RAM upgrade for the Legion Y530 🙂

If you are thinking about getting a Legion Y530, why not read my review of it?

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71 Responses

  1. Steven Leezy says:

    Would you sell that 8 gb stick of ram? I would love to double the ram in my y530

  2. Jake says:

    Where did buy those 16×2 ram kingston hyper x kit? Please help 🙂

  3. Jake says:

    Where did buy those 16×2 ram kingston hyper x kit? Please help :)…

    • Lenard says:

      I bought them from a shop called Multitronic (www.multitronic.fi), if you are in Finland you can use them. I don’t know if they ship to other countries.

  4. Jake says:

    Do you still remember the complete product name?

  5. Ariin says:

    Honest question to you, @Lenard. Did you ever have the issue where the Legion Y530’s fans would spin up while idle or doing low-intensity things like opening a web browser?
    At least I can share my experience here: I had this issue and was so brokenheartedly disappointed that I just straight up returned the machine as defective. I already purchased 32GB ram and a 1TB PCIe ssd for it and – except this single fan flaw – it was a perfect machine to me.. Absolutely beautiful and non-cheesy (no red lighting, phew!)… I’m very bitter about it since I have an incredibly hard time finding a good machine. Hope you can share some of your experiences; I want to give this model or next model another shot at it, but there are so many forum complaints about this issue (lasting through the last few Legion series) that I’m worried that Lenovo just doesn’t care. They had years to fix it, but they never even comment on their own forums. Thanks!

    • Lenard says:

      Yes, it does it from time to time. I found a forum post that says it does it when the CPU goes into turbo boost mode. So, as you describe it, when you launch a browser or do something that stresses the CPU for a split second.

      I reported the issue to Lenovo but I have no idea if they are going to fix it.

      Some were able to get rid of it by disabling turbo boost in the CPU. I am not really bothered by this after learning about the reason behind it (turbo boost). Hopefully it will get fixed.

  6. roy says:

    Was it an 8gb SIMM or DIMM in your laptop?

  7. João Pinheiro says:

    Hey, could you please help me? Does this one works on it? It seems exactly the same but I would appreciate some help, Thanks:
    https://www.amazon.com/Hynix-PC4-21300-DDR4-2666MHz-260-Pin-HMA81GS6CJR8N-VK/dp/B07JP4C1PD/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1543291217&sr=8-3-fkmr0&keywords=8gb+DDR4+SO-DIMM+2666Mhz+SK+hynix

  8. Akanti says:

    Do you mean it y530 motherboard doesn’t support 2400mhz?

  9. Daniel says:

    Hi! Thanks for an awesome walkthrough!

    I bought the Legion Y530 recently with the 256 GB M.2 SSD paired with 8GB of RAM. I’m thinking of upgrading the RAM with a pair of HyperX Fury DDR4 2666Mhz 16GB (so 32GB in total) (https://www.komplett.se/product/1003693/datorutrustning/datorkomponenter/minne/hyperx-fury-ddr4-2666mhz-16gb#productinfo). Do you think that would be a good fit? Also I’m considering putting in this one into the empty 2.5″ drive bay, would this be a good fit you think? https://www.netonnet.se/art/datorkomponenter/harddisk/ssdsata-25-tum/samsung-860-evo-series-1tb/1002680.8993/?utm_source=prisjakt.nu&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=prisjakt_prisjamforelse&dclid=CjkKEQiAmafhBRCYie6YktqThcYBEiQAYQecAE72OM_ybP95upIg_-3cNpyu9UKinpwFfwRNEw281FPw_wcB#

    Thanks in advance for any help I can get!

    • Lenard says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Sorry for the late reply.

      Answer is yes to both your questions. The memory looks like a good fit for the notebook. And the 1TB drive should work also.

  10. Dusan says:

    Hi. I’m set on buying the Y530 (also for development). This model originally has 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD. I want to upgrade everything, 2TB HDD, put in 1TB SSD (Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD) and add one 16GB RAM module. My questions are: – Can I add a 16GB RAM module in combination with the existing 8GB to have 24GB? Can I install the mentioned SSD in this laptop? Does the laptop have all the necessary screws inside to fix the SSD?

    • Lenard says:

      Hi Dusan,

      Adding a 16GB in addition to the 8GB will work, and you will have 24GB memory. There might be a theoretical speed degradation because the two memory modules are not the same, but I don’t think you will notice anything, and I most certainly think you should not worry about it. Just go ahead 🙂

      The Y530 takes NVMe SSD:s, to the model you mention will work.

      As for the screw, I think it should be in there already. I am not 100% sure about this, but I do recall reading somewhere that the screw should be there, but I could not find the source now.

      • Dusan says:

        Thanks very much Lenard 🙂

      • Dusan says:

        Hi Lenard. I bought the Y530, opened it and successfully installed 16GB RAM and the Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB NVMe (btw, there was no screw ready in the laptop for the SSD). I installed a clean Windows on the SSD and everything works fine. There is something strange and that is the temperature of the SSD is around 60 degrees Celsius on idle. This doesn’t look normal to me. Under load, the temperature was up to 71 degrees Celsius Can this be normal? Is there something I can do about it?

  11. Ciel says:

    Hi I was opening up and putting back the laptop the way you did without changing anything, cuz I just wanted to take a look. After I put it back together it does not power on anymore. The LED light that turns on when you charge is also not on. Have you got any idea why that is? I tried releasing it of fleet charge but didn’t work. One thing I noticed is that a certain part between the battery and the fan heats up when I attempt to power up.

  12. Brandon K says:

    I’m having a hard time steaming and gaming at the same time, I have a samsung ssd installed also, would upgrading my RAM to 16gb help with my frame drop issues and ping issues when the laptop is being over worked??

    • Lenard says:

      You should check the performance tab of task manager when you are running everything. If most of the ram is in use, then probably adding more will help your issue.

  13. Ray M says:

    How long did your reboot take when you replaced the modules?

  14. helman martins says:

    Você quis dizer bo tem 16 gb de memory ram da hyperx porem a velociade que esta aparecendo no gerenciador de tarefas e 2400mhz, o certo seria 2660? ou isso e normal?

    I downloaded 16 gb of hyper ram memory, but the speed that is appearing in the task manager is 2400mhz, what would be 2660? Is this normal?

  15. Gene says:

    Hi Lenard,

    I’m planning to upgrade the RAM. Can I mix 8Gb-2400Mhz with the existing 8Gb-2666Mhz installed on the Legion Y530? Is there any compatibility issues? Thanks.

    • Lenard says:

      Hi Gene!

      You should be just fine.

      When mixing rams this way, all modules will run with the slower speed. So in your case that would be 2400Mhz.

      This should in theory make the computer a tiny bit slower, but I really doubt you could notice it in everyday usage. Maybe in benchmarks you could measure it.

      So, just go ahead and upgrade! 🙂

  16. Sorin says:

    Hello Lenard!
    I’ve upgraded my Y530 with a 8 GB of RAM from HyperX with 2666 Mhz, but I apparently my laptop does not recognize the new DIMM as 2666 Mhz and automatically sets the speed to 2400 Mhz. Is there a problem with the new RAM module or a setting that I should’ve done after the install?

    Thanks a lot and good day!

    • Lenard says:

      Hi Sorin! You say you upgraded – so do you have another module besides the new 2666 Mhz one in the notebook?

      • Sorin says:

        Yes, the laptop came with 8 GB of RAM 2666 Mhz from Samsung if I’m not mistaken. Today my new 8 GBs from HyperX same speed 2666 Mhz, after the installation, I’ve checked the speed in task manager and that’s when I saw that my dual channel speed in stead of 2666 was 2400 Mhz. Is there anything I can do to increase the frequency or I’m to remain in the 2400 area? 😀
        Thanks

        • Lenard says:

          Download and run CPU-Z (freeware hardware info app, just google the name), and on the SPD tab verify each of your RAM modules. Is the max freq 2666 Mhz for both of them?

          • Sorin says:

            OK, I did and both have same speed 2662 Mhz to be exact, I’ll leave a validation link from CPU-Z to see all the details and from what I am capable to see is that one module has a XMP 2.0 profile and the other does not, I don’t know in what measure can that effect the speed, but that’s what it is.
            Thanks a lot!

        • Helman says:

          I have the same problem and my memory ram is also hyper x, if you have found any solutions comment here. thank you

  17. Sorin says:

    Total Size 16384 MB
    Type Dual Channel (128 bit) DDR4-SDRAM
    Frequency 1197.4 MHz (DDR4-2394) – Ratio 1:18
    Timings 17-17-17-39-2 (tCAS-tRC-tRP-tRAS-tCR)
    Slot #1 Module Kingston 8192 MB (DDR4-2662) – XMP 2.0 – P/N: KHX2666C15S4/8G
    Slot #2 Module Samsung 8192 MB (DDR4-2662) – P/N: M471A1K43CB1-CTD

    • Lenard says:

      Hi Sorin,
      I am afraid I cannot help you with this specific issue. As both modules are ddr4-2666, it should be working.

  18. Adrián Cubillo says:

    Hi, I know you’ve being asked this a lot… but I’d like to know if the following RAM DIMM would work on my Lenovo Y530: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N7K4CEU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
    I have 8 GB of RAM right now, just the standard setting the laptop has.
    Thanks in advance.

  19. Adrián Cubillo Guzmán says:

    Hi, I know you’ve being asked this a lot… but I’d like to know if the following RAM DIMM would work on my Lenovo Y530: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N7K4CEU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
    I have 8 GB of RAM right now, just the standard setting the laptop has.
    Thanks in advance.

  20. Adrián Cubillo Guzmán says:

    Thanks a lot!
    Regards

  21. Alvin says:

    Hi,

    What would be the effect if you add 16GB ot 32GB optane to the standard 500GB PCIe SSD of y530?

    • Lenard says:

      I am not sure it makes sense to add Optane if you already have an SSD drive. The SSD is already fast enough, so adding another storage layer will not speed it up in my opinion.

  22. Dennis says:

    Hi Lenard,

    First I would like to thank you for this walkthrough because honestly I dont have someone to ask this stuff with.
    Im from PH. I got my unit that comes with 1TB HDD 8GB of RAM and no SSD, for me its hard to upgrade without being 100% sure because we are talking about spending money, and clearly I don’t have a lot of those. I just want to ask if its really okay to put 1TB on M.2 slot (NVMe) because in Lenovo official specifications it says “Up to 512 GB PCIe SSD” I got confused because one of the comments said “I installed a clean Windows on the SSD and everything works fine.” From Dusan which is according to him/her was “Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB NVMe” I would love to have that kind of SSD size upgrade to my unit, who doesn’t right? but that thing here is really expensive thats why I want to make sure.

    Thanks a lot man! Good Day!

    • Dusan says:

      Hi Dennis, yes, I’ve installed the “Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB NVMe” and it works great. The only thing I don’t like is the temperature spikes of this drive SSD which I don’t like and I have mentioned this in one of my previous posts. I’ve researched this a little bit and I haven’t found any information that says that this is totally wrong and far from normal, so I’m assuming that this is not that critical.

      • Dennis says:

        Thanks Dusan!
        What drive SSD? The NVMe or your talking about the 2.5″ SSD? Dont you think its overheating because its above its Capacity? (NVMe)

  23. Dusan says:

    It’s NVMe drive, not 2,5″. I don’t think it has anything to do with capacity. I think it’s just overcrowded where the drive is and the fans are far away on the back side.

  24. MartinsSp. says:

    Hello Lenard!

    if I want to upgrade my RAM, it has to be from same brand or it can be Kingston SO-DIMM DDR4 8 GB 2666-CL15 – Single – Impact, or G.Skill DDR4 SO-DIMM 8GB 2666-18 Ripjaws?

    Thank You!

  25. Unk J says:

    Hi Lenard, first off thanks for all the great info here. I purchased the hardware repair kit, you recommended along with 32GB of RAM, Samsung SSD EVO 970 (1 TB) and the SSD HD Samsung 860 Pro 1 TB. For some reason Rapid Mode for the Samsung EVO 970 shows Rapid Mode is not supported. BIOS looks fine (and it’s updated to 50WW). I’ve reinstalled both the Nvme and Samsung Magician, but I can’t seem to figure out haw to get Rapid Mode configured. I’ve scoured the internet to no avail. Have you tried this or heard anyone actually making Rapid Mode work for the Samsung SSD EVO 970. It has the latest firmware installed. Thanks to anyone that can help!

    • Unk J says:

      BTW my laptop is a Legion Y530-15ICH 81 FV. I love it but would like to try to get Rapid Mode working with this EVO 970 (its working fine on the 860 Pro SSD HD).

      • Lenard says:

        Hi! The 960 and 970 series cannot use rapid mode. They are also plenty fast without it. So you should already be set for maximum performance! 🙂

        Enjoy your Legion, and glad to hear you liked what I wrote!

  26. Tristan says:

    Did you replace both modules with a kingston hyper x or did you just change one of them?
    Thanks! Great reviews

    • Lenard says:

      Took out the installed 8Gb of RAM and put it two modules from the kit.

      But if you have only one dimm used up you could extend that by adding just one module.

  27. Tristan Lynch says:

    How does this kit look? I’m pretty sure this is the right ram upgrade.
    Thanks for the help! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XKSPW5V/ref=twister_B07CTR53KF?_encoding=UTF8&th=1

  28. Nando says:

    I bought the laptop yersterday and the upgrades above are a must, but i am having trouble with the partitions that came from the factory, to be precise my laptop is starting up from the second HDD drive instead of the SSD, but both are visible just looks as a mess, the SSD is divided into two partitions beeing the C drive a blend between HDD and SSD, need some help figuring in out if i should just perform a nice USB boot install kill all partitions.
    Also in regards to the memory, on crucial site i can see if they are dual or single channel.

  29. Santiago says:

    Hello is it normal for it to last more than 1 minute after putting the new ram in ?

    • Lenard says:

      Hi Santiago! It does not sound normal if your computer suddenly boots so slow. Does it work normally after being booted up? Does the slowness repeat if you reboot your computer several times?

  30. Sebastian says:

    Hi! Is the graphics card welded to the mainboard or can be replaced?

  31. Julian says:

    Hi, I read your article. I want to ask you about the performance after and before the upgrade. Did you prove your Y530 before the upgrade? Is it significant the difference after the upgrade ?. How do you prove it, i mean, games, programs?

    Thank you.

    • Julian says:

      Another question. Why Kingston Hyper X and not other one?

      • Lenard says:

        I have a good track record with Kingston memories. I would have also considered Corsair, but availability and price at the time was not good.

    • Lenard says:

      I did the RAM upgrade primarily because my software development work requires more memory. So it was not for performance. Also, as far as I know, I used the same type of RAM – 2666Mhz – that the machine came with, so I would not expect a performance boost from it. I did not measure the difference, I upgraded almost instantly.

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