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DLe001
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NUC8i7HVK - Are there any plans to release a BIOS update to support 64GB of RAM?

Reading through the BIOS update documentation (https://downloadmirror.intel.com/28642/eng/HN_0054_ReleaseNotes.pdf) and don't see there being a notice about RAM limitation being raised. While I can't confirm if 64GB RAM is already working as it is supported by the CPU, unsure if the motherboard on the NUC accepts 64GB RAM:

https://www.intel.ca/content/www/ca/en/products/processors/core/i7-processors/i7-8809g.html

 

Memory Specifications

Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 

64 GB

 

  1. I was wondering if there were any plans for updating the BIOS to support 64GB of RAM
  2. I was also wondering if perhaps someone already tested 64GB RAM installed on their NUC8i7HVK already.

 

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AlHill
Super User
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I know of no such plans.

 

Doc

 

TDean
New Contributor II
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I would like to say I would support Intel enabling 64gb ram on the NUC8i7HVK. If the Intel CPU/Integrated Memory Controller can support 64gb memory, why not enable it? I got 3 VM's running on 32gb of memory, and things are getting tight.

It kinda reminds me of my 2011 MacMini. Officially all Apple documentation says it only supports 8gb of Ram, but it works fine with 16 gb.

DLe001
Beginner
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Unless someone has done so already. I could just try and order 2x32GB so-dimms from Amazon and if it doesn't work I'll just ship it back. Perhaps I'll do so sometime next week.

TDean
New Contributor II
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DLe001: let us know how it works out.

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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The official response is that support for 32GB SODIMMs did not exist at the time of launch for these products and this was not included in the POR (Plan Of Record).

 

My personal opinion is that they should work. I have heard of no architectural differences that would require that changes be made in the MRC (Memory Reference Code; the code that is responsible for memory initialization in the BIOS). Either way, we aren't going to know unless someone actually tries. I am certainly not going to play guinea pig here, however; while memory prices have fallen, they are still in what I consider the gouging range.

 

That said, if someone in the memory industry wants to send me samples, I am more than willing to test them thoroughly (I have samples of ever NUC model to test with). Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

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TDean
New Contributor II
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After reading this post earlier today, I went out and searched for 2x32gb 64gb kit ddr4-2400Mhz 260pin sodimms and could only find a Samsung product that cost between $250 to $300 per 32gb stick...ouch!

DLe001
Beginner
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Yeah... in order to do my testing (Canadian) it's actually about $800 for me. I'm also waiting for a M2 SSD Nvme to go on sale, preferably the 970 Samsung PRO series. I pretty much only have the barebones right now and might not be ready to test it yet (of course I can buy the RAM at any time since I'll be getting it to test and return since won't be keeping it as it will a purchase at full price). Just waiting on a m2 nvme ssd to go on sale right now.

TDean
New Contributor II
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I started out with 2 Samsung 512gb pro 970, used them for less than 3 months and upgraded to 2 1tb 970 pros.. m​.2 ssd are simply great. You will really enjoy the blazing speed. Good luck and keep us informed of your progress

DLe001
Beginner
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That is exactly what I'm buying, the Samsung 1TB pro 970, I need two of those. Will update as soon as possible. I'm trying my best to expedite things by even going through the hassle and doing offers on eBay as there isn't a sale at the moment.

DLe001
Beginner
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Thanks, think I will order from somewhere in the states and pay the import fees. They are over $400 in Canada.

rjlin
Beginner
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Is Micron Crucial 32GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM working at NUC8i7HVK? I use Cruical Scanner(downloaded from Micron’s web site:https://bityl.co/3fsB) to check my Intel NUC8i7HVK for RAM upgrade, but Crucial 32GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM(CT32G4SFD8266) dose not display in the upgrade option(The maximum size of RAM module is 16GB). Thanks for sharing the information in advance.

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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This will only be necessary if the BIOS is not working with particular 32GB SODIMMs. Do you have any data that shows that this is necessary? Have you even tried using them? There are a number of reports on this site of people that have been successful using 32GB SODIMMs.

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rjlin
Beginner
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Hi Scott,

No, I don't try any 32GB RAM module yet, my NUC8i7HVK currently has one Cruical 16GB RAM module.

Micron Crucial 32GB DDR4 SODIMM is the only 32GB RAM module for sale in local, but the retail shop told me that the 32GB RAM module could be supported only by Intel 9th generation CPU or newer ones. NUC8i7HVK is installed with the 8th CPU i7-8809G。

I did run Micron Cruical Scanner(downloaded from Micron’s web site:https://bityl.co/3fsB) for RAM upgrade, it indicates the 16GB RAM module is good for upgrade, not 32GB.

I saw Samsung 32GB module (M471A4G43MB1-CTD) is working on NUC8i7HVK. That's why I curious if any one tries Crucial 32GB before, it'll be helpful before I places the order for RAM upgrade.

Thanks for your post.

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Hhmmm, I remember it being reported that Crucial 32GB modules were successfully used with the NUC6i7KYK, but I can't remember if any were reported working with the NUC8i7HVK.

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Leonardo_C_Intel
Moderator
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Hello everybody, Thank you for posting in the Intel Community. Bear in mind that the Intel® NUC supports up to 32 GB of RAM, this information is available on Ark.intel,com (https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/126143/intel-nuc-kit-nuc8i7hvk.html); ruining the system out of specification can damage the unit and void the warranty. Hope this helps. Regards, Leonardo C. Intel Customer Support Technician Under Contract to Intel Corporation
Leonardo_C_Intel
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Hello everybody Was this information useful to your inquire? Regards, Leonardo C. Intel Customer Support Technician Under Contract to Intel Corporation
Leonardo_C_Intel
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Hello everybody I haven’t heard back from you, I am going to close this request If you have more questions please do not hesitate in replying back. Regards, Leonardo C. Intel Customer Support Technician Under Contract to Intel Corporation
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