How to open Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 (14 AMD, Gen 8) – disassembly and upgrade options

Step 1: Opening the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 (14 AMD, Gen 8)

  1. Ensure the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 (14 AMD, Gen 8) is powered off and placed on a soft, clean surface to prevent scratches or damage.
  2. Remove the 9 Phillips-head screws from the bottom of the laptop.
  3. Use a plastic pry tool to gently lift the bottom panel, starting from one of the top two corners and carefully working your way around.

Hint: Begin prying at the corners where the gap is most noticeable to minimize the risk of damaging the panel or internal clips.

Step 2: Battery Removal

  1. Disconnect the battery connector from the motherboard to ensure safety during the removal process.
  2. Remove the 2 Phillips-head screws securing the 47Wh battery, then carefully lift it away from the chassis.

More info: The 47Wh battery provides up to 11 hours and 7 minutes of web browsing or 9 hours and 5 minutes of video playback, offering good battery life for daily use.

Memory Overview

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 comes with soldered RAM, supporting a maximum capacity of 16GB DDR4 3200MHz in dual-channel. Devices with 4GB and 8GB of RAM operate in single-channel mode, affecting performance.

Storage Upgrade

  1. Identify the M.2 slot compatible with Gen. 4 (2242) SSDs for storage expansion. Note that due to AMD platform limitations, the slot operates at Gen 3 speeds.
  2. The preinstalled NVMe SSD benefits from a thermal pad located below it, enhancing cooling to maintain optimal performance.

Hint: Don’t forget to check out our Top M.2 SSDs Performance Rankings for insights on the best storage options available.

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Cooling System Overview

The cooling system in the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 is straightforward yet effective, featuring one fan and one heat pipe to efficiently manage the thermal output of the device.

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