The TUF Gaming A15 is a great laptop for its value. We reviewed it a while back and we thought – hey, there are other variants of this laptop that starts at a relatively low price and comes with a great list of specs for its price – but it comes with only 8GB of RAM. So we decided to upgrade it.
We got two sticks of 16GB Kingston SODIMM RAM at 2666MHz. The specific model of this RAM is the KCP426SD8/16 and we got two sticks of them, totaling up to 32GB. I know it’s excessive for most use cases, but we just want to flex – because we can.
Throughout our upgrade process, we love the fact that the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 has two SODIMM slots that are accessible by users. It also uses standard Philips screw so it’s easy for us to get the appropriate Philips screwdriver size to get inside the laptop.
Even though we did downgrade to a slower 2666MHz RAM, we still get an overall faster Cinebench R20 score and Premiere Pro render times because we upgraded in two aspects:
- From 8GB to 32GB RAM
- From single-channel to dual-channel
And it seems that the AMD Ryzen chip is really taking advantage of the dual-channel RAM. Of course, just getting a total of 16GB RAM is more than enough for most use cases. 16GB is plentiful for games and even for some video editing work. The hardware in the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 is very capable. Still, it’s great to know that this laptop supports the two sticks of Kingston KCP426SD8/16.
Kingston is also promising 100% compatibility with all branded laptops out there – be it from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, or even Apple. And when we tested the KCP426SD8/16 with an AMD Ryzen laptop – this TUF Gaming A15 – it booted up without any issues at all. All it took was just 5 minutes of our time, and we bumped up from 8GB RAM to 32GB RAM.
On that side note, Kingston also has 3200MHz kit for the same RAM we used today, it is a bit more expensive than the 2666MHz kit but Ryzen systems will definitely benefit from it.
Where to buy?
You can get it over at these two places: