13" Macbook Pro mid-2010 - OWC 16 GB RAM Review

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by caprica21, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. caprica21 macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2014
    I currently have 13" Macbook Pro mid-2010. Upgraded to 8 GB RAM last year and got 500 GB SSD (both Crucial) with El Capitan. System is faster than ever.

    I have over 40K photos with over 10K (and growing) RAW Canon images. With Photoshop Elements 13, the organizer has been too slow even after SSD upgrade. I was wondering if increasing RAM to 16 GB would help. At this time, I do not want to invest in new laptop (MAC or Windows).

    Having said this, appreciate your feedback of OWC 16 GB RAM on 13" Macbook Pro mid-2010. I may not fix PSE 13 issues altogether but I am hoping it will be faster than having 8 GB RAM for organizing and editing RAW files.

  2. tibas92013, Oct 22, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015

    tibas92013 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2013
    Costa Rica
    Last January I upgraded my i5 Mac Mini(Late 2012), 2.5GHZ from 4GB Ram to 16GB Ram with no noticeable difference in speed performance in regards to booting-up and opening Apps. I Plan to upgrade the 500GB HD to a SSD next year when my Applecare expires.
  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    @caprica21 Check your memory pressure in Activity Monitor. If you are staying in the green then you have other bottlenecks for your needs. My guess would be that the Core 2 Duo is struggling.
  4. caprica21 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2014
    You are so right. I opened 10 RAW images in Elements Editor and then attempted to create Panorama but memory pressure shows green. Memory usage had peaked 8 GB for long time. Looks like I will keep 8 GB for now and save money for future MAC upgrade. Thanks !

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