Inside Acer Aspire 5 (A515-44G) – disassembly and upgrade options
All manufacturers are hastily releasing AMD versions of pretty much all their new models. And the Aspire 5 (A515-44G) is no different.
Acer Aspire 5 (A515-44G)
- AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
- AMD Radeon RX 640
- 8GB RAM
- 1000GB HDD
1. Remove the bottom plate
So, you have 11 Phillips-head screws that you need to undo. After you do so, pry the bottom panel away with a plastic tool. Pretty standard.
Interestingly the 48Wh battery is held in place by… nothing. Just a simple tape.
3. Memory and storage
Thankfully, there is one RAM SODIMM slot, which supports 16GB of DDR4 memory. Together with the integrated 4GB modules, it totals to a maximum of 20GB. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 slot for NVMe drives, and a 2.5-inch SATA drives bay.
4. Cooling system
Here, we see a pretty unimpressive cooling solution, comprising of a single heat pipe and a fan. This means that both the CPU and the dedicated Radeon RX 640 are cooled by the same component, which is unfortunate.