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Old Mar 9, 2011, 03:10 PM   #26
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Well OWC's just taken away one reason I had for not buying a new MacBook Pro. I didn't want to be stuck with no option to upgrade to 16GB in a few years. I still think I might wait another year or two before buying a MBP though.
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 04:01 PM   #27
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 04:34 PM   #28
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I was thinking more like $300-400 tops.
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 04:38 PM   #29
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Interesting.

The pricing doesn't surprise me. A year ago, two 4GB DDR3 SO-DIMMS were $400. Less than a year before that it would cost you $800.

However what does surprise me is only OWC has 8GB DDR3 SO-DIMMs. Crucial? Nope. Any manufacturer carried by NewEgg? Nope.

Would I like 16GB in my MacBook Pro? YES. I'd actually use it. Would I like more options, including from I don't know... an actual memory manufacturer (i.e. Micron or Kingston)? Yes. Would I like the price to at least come down to $600 or $700? Yes, that too.
Exactly. Which leads me to believe that other manufacturers might introduce their own lines of 4 or 8 GB modules to the market, which would in turn drop the prices.
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 05:38 PM   #30
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2 month earlier and I wouldnt be writing this from a MP.
anyway... looking forward to the next 'major' MBP revision - by then the 16GB upgrade should be down to about 1000 EUR and thus within reasonable pricing boundaries. 16GB instead of the current 4GB (2008 model) sure sounds nice
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 05:56 PM   #31
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It's about time. My parallels application running windows 7 in xp compatibility mode with a virtualized linux distro running WINE was getting a little slow for me.
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 06:18 PM   #32
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Finally happy to have 8GB in this machine (Cost me less than $80 from newegg!)

Glad to head 8GB chips work; I wont need them any time soon (even with all my Parallels VMs cranking 8GB does OK), but good to know I can get them eventually!
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 06:47 PM   #33
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Well thats nice to know. Unfortunately my (late 2007) MBP only takes up to 2 GB's of RAM which is how much I have. Possibly 4? from what I've heard.
If you bought a new MBP in late 2007, it should be a Santa Rosa, which can take 4 GB officially or 6 GB unofficially.

I suppose you might have got a closeout of the first C2D models, which can only take 3 GB...
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 07:54 PM   #34
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You have to really need that much memory, $1600, ouch! Next year it will be $200
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 07:56 PM   #35
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The price may sound astronomical but the rebate of $13 for each original RAM stick makes more than pays for the shipping

If you have $1,600 to spend on more ram then for the same amount you can update the base hard drive to a OWC 500GB SSD drive for $100 less and use that $100 to upgrade to 8GB. I think that combo would be more useful for the same price.
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 10:05 PM   #36
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That link is for 1066 memory. The 2011 MBP takes 1333.
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Old Mar 9, 2011, 11:38 PM   #37
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It's about time. My parallels application running windows 7 in xp compatibility mode with a virtualized linux distro running WINE was getting a little slow for me.
haha i just laughed out loud.

but yeah a bit steep at the moment, but irrelevant for me because apparently I can only reach 8GB ...
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 12:09 AM   #38
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It cost me $1000 to upgrade my MBP to 8GB of RAM almost two years ago. Now its what? a $200 or something upgrade. In two years we can all have 16GB of RAM in our MBP's!!!
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 05:22 AM   #39
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Well thats nice to know. Unfortunately my (late 2007) MBP only takes up to 2 GB's of RAM which is how much I have. Possibly 4? from what I've heard.
I have 4GB in my late 2007 MB (MACBOOK) and that is the offically supported max. So your MBP 2.2 ghz should be easily able to hold able 4GB officially, maybe 6 or 8 GB unofficially. Check with the online guide at Crucial.com, or search the MR forums.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 05:36 AM   #40
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4GB ram chips used to be about that expensive. Now they are around $50 each. 8GB chips will come down in price. I'll bite when they're in the $100-125 range for each 8GB module. Or I might upgrade to 12GB around $150 and do the other one later.

This gives me something to look forward to as far as upgrades go. I was disappointed in the 8GB cap, but now I have some hope for longevity.

My ThunderBook will be unstoppable next year with 16GB of ram and some crazy fast 600mb/s SSD saturating the SATA3 bandwidth. Assuming the prices come down more, lol. As for now, I'm loving my 14 second boot time and 11146 Geekbench score! I don't even really sleep my computer any more. I just turn it off, haha. CS5 runs like butter! Everything is stock too, except my 8GB ram from NewEgg that I installed myself to save about $100.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 06:22 AM   #41
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Man my early 2008 MBP is looking very old. I was trying to resist a notebook purchase this year but these new machines are extremely tempting. I suspect performance would be close to 2X over my current machine, probably a lot more for threaded apps.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 02:51 PM   #42
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That link is for 1066 memory. The 2011 MBP takes 1333.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 03:05 PM   #43
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I have 4GB in my late 2007 MB (MACBOOK) and that is the offically supported max. So your MBP 2.2 ghz should be easily able to hold able 4GB officially, maybe 6 or 8 GB unofficially. Check with the online guide at Crucial.com, or search the MR forums.
Alright nice I may do that if they don't come out with the new iMac's soon. Also did you install it yourself or have someone else do it?
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 04:50 PM   #44
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It cost me $1000 to upgrade my MBP to 8GB of RAM almost two years ago. Now its what? a $200 or something upgrade. In two years we can all have 16GB of RAM in our MBP's!!!
Ouch. I just bought an 8Gb upgrade kit for my 2008 original unibody for $100. The "secret" EFI update permits the 8 over the original 6 officially supported at the units origin.

Maybe when I get a new MBP in 2013 I will upgrade the Ram to 16GB in 2015 for $100!!!! My own personal roadmap to being totally overpowered for cheap.

I say this as I type on my MBA with 4GB of RAM that does everything I throw at it of course .
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 01:41 AM   #45
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2x MBP cannot do 1x MBP + 16GB RAM.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 04:42 AM   #46
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 11:17 AM   #47
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awesome, but not for the price...

That's GREAT news, and a worthy upgrade to look forward to in 12-18 months time, but $1,600 for the current 16GB pair is just too much right now.

That to the side, combine it with a high-capcity SSD (which will be cheaper then too!) in that same time frame and your 2011 MBP will get new life breathed into it so that'll keep your system respectably current, so not to shabby I think.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 11:24 AM   #48
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I'll take an SSD that will speed it up more, please. Or a MacBook Air.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 11:25 AM   #49
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That link is for 1066 memory. The 2011 MBP takes 1333.
But it will work with 1066, worked in mine.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 01:13 PM   #50
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well that should put all the argument to rest, at least.

i told you guys that intel's spec page wasn't being completely honest.

it was unclear, yes, but they could only have been referring to 8GB/channel, and not 8GB/processor.

Those MSI Sandy Bridge laptops with the same exact processor were shipping with 4x4GB a couple weeks ago, so it only stood to reason that the MBP would be able to handle it, too, even though it would have to be 2x8GB.
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