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Intel x5-Z8300 Atom can handle 4GB of Ram

by on01 December 2015

2MB limit is a myth

Low-cost tablets and telly boxes which use Intel’s Atom x5-Z8300 processor have 2GB of RAM on the basis that the cheap and cheerful Cherry Trail is the lowest spec out there.

Intel’s own spec sheet says that the chip can’t handle more than 2GB of Ram either and this has led to a myth that the chip can’t use more.

However, reports from China suggest that manufacturers have discovered that the chip can handle more RAM than Intel lets on and are releasing cheap products based around the chip.

For example, the Onda V919 Air tablet runs Windows 10 and has 4GB of RAM. But what is interesting is to get the extra RAM you have to run the 64-bit version of Windows. Tablets running Windows 10 32-bit software will only recognize 2.9GB of usable memory.

Intel’s higher-performance Atom x5-Z8500 and x7-Z8700 chips can both support up to 8GB of RAM but these are pricier for the margin hunting Chinese manufacturers.

If Intel knows this, it is certainly keeping it quiet. After all why should vendors bother with the so called higher end chips?

Last modified on 01 December 2015
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