How to upgrade RAM in your Acer Nitro 5

How to upgrade RAM in your Acer Nitro 5
How to upgrade RAM in your Acer Nitro 5

A major feature of Acer's Nitro 5 gaming laptop is how easy it is to replace or add RAM thanks to an easy-access panel on the bottom. The older 2019 models on which this guide is based come with an easy-access panel on the bottom, allowing you to swap out the SODIMM RAM. If you're interested in adding a bit of performance boost, the entire process of upgrading RAM in your Acer Nitro 5 should take only a few minutes.

How to upgrade the RAM in your Acer Nitro 5

The Crucial DDR4 SODIMM RAM we're using here is available in 8GB sticks. As long as you don't exceed 32GB total RAM (which is where the Nitro 5 maxes out and would frankly be overkill compared to the rest of the hardware), you should be in the clear.

It's never a bad idea to back up your PC before doing any sort of upgrades. It might add a few minutes to the total time of the upgrade, but you'll be more than thankful in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. You might also want to check out one of the best computer toolkits that has everything you need for upgrades.

Before beginning, be sure that you're not working in an environment full of static. If at all concerned, consider investing in an anti-static wristband. Also, ensure that your Nitro 5 is powered off.

Once you're set up in a spot devoid of static and with tools at hand, we can begin the process.

  1. Locate the small, vented access panel on the bottom of your Acer Nitro 5.

Locate the small vented panel.
  1. Unscrew the single fastener with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Unscrew the single fastener.
  1. Pry up the panel with a finger or pry tool. You should now see a single stick of RAM with a free slot above it.

Pry up the panel.
  1. Line up the notch in the new stick of RAM with the ridge in the RAM slot in the laptop. Due to the SODIMM design, it will slide in only one way.

Line up the notch.
  1. Push in the stick of RAM at a 45-degree angle until the pins disappear (or nearly disappear).

Push in the stick of RAM.
  1. Press down on the stick of RAM so that it clicks into place. The small metal holders on either side should hold the stick in place when it's inserted properly.

Press down on the stick of RAM.
  1. Press the access panel back into place, being sure that all small teeth are properly inserted. You should hear a few clicks before it's seated properly.

Press the panel back into place.
  1. Screw in the fastener using a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Screw in the fastener.

You can now power on your Nitro 5 and verify that the RAM you've installed is recognized by the system.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click System.

How to check your RAM

How to check your RAM (Image credit: Windows Central)

You should now be able to see the total amount of installed RAM in the Device specifications section. As long as it matches the total amount you have installed, your upgrade was a success.

Eight and four makes 12GB total RAM. Installation was a success.

Our top hardware picks

Though it's not the only option for your Acer Nitro 5, the Crucial SODIMM RAM we used for this guide is reliable, relatively cheap, and is definitely compatible with your laptop. It matches the DDR4-2400 RAM that comes standard with the 2019 Nitro 5, and it's available in 4GB sticks all the way up to a 32GB kit with two 16GB sticks.

One of the best features of the Acer Nitro 5 is how easy it is to upgrade RAM and storage, allowing you to keep it relevant for longer.

Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop (2019)

Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop (2019)

Budget gaming laptop

If you're a casual PC gamer who wants to stay mobile, the Acer Nitro 5 is a cheap way to get your hands on 1080p performance. Optional AMD hardware is a bonus for anyone who'd rather steer clear of Intel and NVIDIA.

Additional equipment

To make the upgrade process easier and less risky, consider investing in some of these affordable PC tools.

ORIA PC toolkit

ORIA PC toolkit (Image credit: Amazon)

ORIA PC toolkit ($30 at Amazon)

Having the proper gear to work on your PC will always make the job much easier. Here you get a plethora of tools contained in a portable case.

Rosewill anti-static wristband

Rosewill anti-static wristband (Image credit: Rosewill)

Rosewill anti-static wristband ($9 at Amazon)

Static electricity can damage sensitive PC parts, so remove the risk with an anti-static wristband. Fasten it around your wrist and clip it onto your PC for peace of mind.

Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.