ASUS Eee PC 1015BX’s 2 GB of RAM Permanently Soldered to Motherboard

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1 Dec, 2011 10:00 am


Recent buyers of the ASUS Eee PC 1015BX have discovered that the netbook’s RAM is not user-replaceable, thanks to some cost-cutting measures employed by ASUS.

Apparently some users on the forum took advantage of a good deal on the Eee PC 1015BX at French retailer where the 10-inch netbook equipped with the 1.33 GHz, dual-core AMD C-60 processor,  2 GB RAM, and a 500 GB HDD could be had for € 299.90.

One user wanted to upgrade the RAM to 4 GB to maximize performance and was dismayed to find out that the RAM had been permanently soldered to the motherboard! Several other buyers posted to the discussion thread on and replied that they decided to return the netbook, frustrated by ASUS’s move to save a few cents in production costs.

It’s possible that other variations of the 1015BX in other countries may not have this limitation, but so far there’s no confirmation that other models with upgradeable memory exist.


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  • Anonymous

    The Eee PC models ending in “X” are typically the lower cost value offering from Asus.  So people really shouldn’t be surprised at price cutting such as combo audio ports, only 2 USB ports instead of 3, and soldered RAM.

    Though on rare occasions Asus may use the “X” to introduce a model at the last minute, such as adding a model to another region not originally planned for example, but otherwise otherwise it’s for the value models.

    So, unless they really want the lowest possible price, people should get the model versions without the “X” at the end.

  • Earl Cameron

    how much cost saving is a sodimm port and pcb for the ram chips?

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  • Sukhdev Taneja


    I am interesting in
    purchasing Asus Eee PC 1015BX Notebook with AMD C50 dual core processor and ATi
    Radeon HD 6250 GPU. When will be Asus Eee PC 1015BX Notebook launched for
    Indian Market? Can anybody tell me date of lunching of Asus Eee PC 1015BX
    Notebook in India. 

  • Srx

    I got mine in Serbia with with  1GB soldered :D…still works fine tough…except the fact that I had to return it to the store…twice…because of the broken mainboard

  • Thomas

    I got mine in Indonesia… 2GB soldered… -_-’ What should I do if the RAM is broken ??

  • jason

    just bought 1015bx rev 12 in australia. soldered 1 gig of ram. what a pos

  • Robert

    So I am the lucky one! My Eee PC 1015bx bought in Romania has SO-DIMM socket with 1 GB memory module. The only question is: can I upgrade it to 4GB? I use Win7 Home Premium (not Starter)