- Categorically, how much RAM do the following mobile processors really [c.f. point 3] support (e.g. 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB or more):
- Do Intel develop/supply any mobile processor that can support 16 GB RAM in PC laptop/notebook configurations?
- Are there any disclosable plans on Intel's part to release mobile processors that support 16 GB RAM usable in PC laptop/notebook configurations, and if so in what timeframe would they be released?
I am trying to buy a new laptop/notebook (not netbook) with 16 GB RAM, if at all possible, for virtualisation of Operating Systems and for general future proofness. After checking out the Dell site, I contacted them on a number of occasions, and began asking more and more detailed questions, as they failed to answer any questions about 16 GB RAM in particular successfully (including contradicting themselves).
Most recently, following my most detailed questions, they elected not to answer any of the questions, despite repeated follow-up e-mails.
3. Some Details
From the last successful interaction I had with Dell, they indicated that a i7 processor when combined with their (most expensive) 3D graphics card and display option could be configured to support 12 GB.
I used the following Intel references:
References 1 to 3 indicate that the maximum memory size is 8 GB.
Reference 4 on the other hand indicates that "Using 4Gb device technologies, the largest memory capacity possible is 16 GB, assuming dual-channel mode with two x8, dual-ranked, un-buffered, non-ECC, SO-DIMM memory configuration."
So I conclude that Reference 4 appears to contradict References 1 to 3. [Please correct me if I am mistaken].
So can i5 and/or i7 mobile processors support 16 GB RAM in an optimal configuration?
And even if possible (e.g. using 3 x 4 GB modules, as Dell are suggesting) would a 12 GB RAM configuration not be sub-optimal due to the nature of the RAM bus/access?
I can go into a lot more detail, including about my interactions with Dell, if required.