Lenovo e590 laptop - Does RAM have to be upgraded in pairs?

I’m working on my Mom’s laptop and am going to bump her from 8 to 16 Gig of RAM. Right now it has 2x4 Gig sticks. Do I need to install 2x8 Gig pair of sticks? Or can I just put 1 16 Gig chip in there?

Thanks! And sorry for all the tech support questions this weekend :)

One 16GB chip should be fine. 2x8 is a little faster due to dual channel. If it’s an older laptop, check to see if it can handle 16GB per slot before buying anything.

If dual channel will be faster I’ll do that instead of a single chip. Thanks!