12800 ram in 2010 15 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Montymitch, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. Montymitch macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2009
    I must have been too tired when I ordered my Christmas presents and ordered 2-4GB DDR3 PC3-12800 SODIMM for my MBP.
    Before I do anything, can I just install this and call it a day, or is it going to give me kernel panics and headaches? I'm just itching to get this thing running faster and I don't want to send the ram back. The machine is spec'd for 1066 I guess.
    Anyone out there with real world experience that can chime in?
    Happy Holidays!
  2. dextr3k macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2012
    I believe that its not going to cause any problems, just the ram is going to run at 1066 instead of max speed.
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    The very worst thing that can happen is that it won't boot with the new RAM in. Try it, it takes all of 5 minutes to switch RAM sticks in those machines.
  4. Montymitch thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2009
    I know it is easy and fast to install, I just don't want to mess with returning an opened package if I can avoid it. If it is going to cause errors I don't want to mess with it.
  5. raptor402 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2011
    If all specifications other than clock speed match, it should be no problem. I myself am running 12800 (1600MHz) Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DIMMs in my mid-2010 15" MBP without any issues.


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