Upgrade ASUS N56VM/N56VZ SSD & RAM
If you have a nice ASUS N56VM or N56VZ series laptop you may be wondering how to upgrade it for maximum performance. So here is a photo tutorial on how to upgrade the RAM on these particular ASUS laptops. You can also see get a feel for how to remove the hard drive & upgrade to an SSD as well as seeing the location of the wifi card.
#1 My memory recommendation is this Crucial 16GB memory kit. It has a lifetime warranty and is confirmed to work in the N56 series.
This Corsair 16GB memory kit* is also recommended as it has a lifetime warranty and is confirmed to work in the N56 line.
(or if you only need 8GB, here is a nice kit at a pretty low price)
*Note: I generally try to buy my memory directly from Amazon and not from a 3rd-party seller that lists on Amazon. Unfortunately, when I post these memory links directly to Amazon sometimes when they are out of stock they then list 3rd party sellers… So please pay attention to the ‘Sold by’ information directly below the buy button on Amazon.
Overall it is a very easy process:
- one screw secures the access panel
- both memory slots are your standard DDR3 SODIMM type slots
- the SATA hard drive caddy is secured by four screws, a standard 9.5mm SATA SSD is an easy and effective upgrade for this powerful machine
- there are no particularly proprietary parts, they are all industry standard
Overall, the N56VM and N56VZ are both very user-serviceable machines. The only slight annoyance is the tiny rubber cover that is glued over the screw that holds the access panel in place. I would have preferred that ASUS simply left that screw uncovered.
+always remove the laptop’s battery* before beginning any component removal/upgrade
+be careful of static electricity as it can damage your laptop. To ground yourself, periodically touch a metal object (other than your laptop) to discharge any static electricity -or- invest in an anti-static wrist band.
TIP: Make sure to click the photos to see them full size, as the thumbnails below are somewhat cropped…
These instructions are applicable to at least the following models and potentially many more ASUS laptops!
- ASUS N56VZ-DS71
- ASUS N56VM-AB71
- ASUS N56VZ-ES71
- ASUS N56VM-TB71
This laptop line is one of my favorites as they have an excellent blend of CPU performance, discrete graphics (with Optimus as well) and nice LCD displays including 1080p on some models! 🙂
Overall I rate this laptop 4.5/5 stars on easy of upgrade-ability, good job ASUS!