16 GB RAM Upgrades for New MacBook Pros Now Available

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Other World Computing today announced the debut of new aftermarket RAM upgrades for the new MacBook Pro models released late last month. Options ranging up to 16 GB are available, well beyond Apple's maximum build-to-order offering of 8 GB. OWC offers the following options and prices:

    - 4 GB (Replace one existing 2 GB module with a 4 GB module for a total of 6 GB): $59.99
    - 8 GB (Replace existing 2 GB modules with 4 GB modules): $112.99
    - 12 GB (Replace existing 2 GB modules with one 8 GB module and one 4 GB module): $879.99
    - 16 GB (Replace existing 2 GB modules with 8 GB modules): $1599.99

    Trade-in rebates of $13 per 2 GB module from Apple can also be applied.

    OWC maintains a "MaxRAM" testing lab of Apple machines and has verified that the new MacBook Pros can accept up to 16 GB of RAM.

    Article Link: 16 GB RAM Upgrades for New MacBook Pros Now Available
  2. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    I figured 16GB would work, the spec sheet Intel put out suggested as such. It was just a little ambiguous.
  3. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    Sweet, I know someone who will be very happy.
  4. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
  5. DivineEvil macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    What about Mid 2009 or Mid 2010 MBPs?! What is the maximum ram for them?
  6. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    Just noticed the prices. Instead of a MacBook Pro + 16 GB RAM, how about a MacBook Pro + another MacBook Pro?
  7. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2010
    Boston, MA

    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.
  8. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    So the upgrade costs more than a 13" MBP. How neat.
  9. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  10. LeoNobilis macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2006
    The Netherlands

    Exactly! Ridiculous pricing!
  11. glimp7 macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2009
    Austin, Texas, US
    Speeds and feeds matter!

    Just like Apple not to tell us what the true innards are...

    Some of us would like this much RAM, and the customization page doesn't offer this option.
  12. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    You do realize, that it isn't like the guys over at OWC is soldering up these memory sticks in their basement right? Traditionally they are major manufacturers "stuff", but they just don't guarentee who actually makes it. Can you buy 8GB sticks from cruicial or Kingston yet? Not through their website, but that doesn't mean they aren't making them. Intel obviously had to be able to get their hands on it when they were designing the current chipsets in the MBP's otherwise how would they know it works?
  13. idea_hamster macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2003
    NYC, or thereabouts
    I think this is great news -- just not for right now.

    True, $1600 for the next 8GB of RAM is, let's say, "difficult to justify" for most.

    However, I just bought my MBP, and in 2015, when 16GB RAM is common and runs $90, this upgrade path will give my MBP a spritz of that new-car-smell stuff for the following year or two.

    Nice to know it's a bit more future-proof than I thought. Would it have killed them to connect the ODD to a SATA III port?!?
  14. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Agreed. I would have purchased a 17" MBP if it meant it had 4 slots instead of just 2. When I start loading up virtual machines, my available memory starts diminishing fast. 8GB is as little as I would want in my Notebook, so when this memory starts to drop I will definitely be buying!
  15. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    A somewhat good place to look for memory (both RAM & memory cards for digital cameras) is dealram.com. It doesn't actually sell this stuff, but aggregates different prices for memory so you can know where the least expensive ones are. As of yet, they don't seem to have the memory for the current MBPs yet, but have lots of RAM for other systems.
  16. Ivan0310 macrumors member


    Mar 1, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    I wonder who their manufacturer is--can't find 8GB modules in the 204-pin variety anywhere else right now. Not surprising that the price is so steep.
  17. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
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    This is way too expensive. Most won't even use that much memory. I rather put the money into a Mac pro than shove it in the mbp.
  18. pmz macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    The price of 8 gigs of ram is amazing to me these days. So cheap.
  19. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  20. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    Wow - 16 GB are expensive. In particular compared to 8GB. I will wait some time and hope the prices for 16GB come way down. In 2 years maybe? I could get an SSD in addition and speed up my new MBP quite a bit.
  21. ciTiger macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
    Portugal (Porto)
  22. meb91 macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2010
    I wonder if a 2010 iMac would support 32 GB if you got 4x 8 GB modules since it also uses DDR3 1333 and has 4 RAM slots, I don't see why not. Of course those 8 gig modules are still way too expensive, as it would cost more than the iMac itself. But I'm thinking for the future when they come down in price.
  23. Jswoosh macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011
    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.
  24. lostngone macrumors demi-god


    Aug 11, 2003
    Very nice!

    I always need more ram however at that price I think I will wait for the price to come down.

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