16 GBs of RAM anyone??


snaky69

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http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/stats/macbook-pro-core-i5-2.4-13-late-2011-unibody-thunderbolt-specs.html

Says you can put in over 8... I like to virtualize and have linux and windows installed on top of Mac. Figure why not have have as much RAM as possible 100 bucks on amazon... Anyone do it?
Yes, hundreds have done it, it has been known that the MBP's can take 16Gb of ram ever since they got the sandy bridge processors, about a year ago.
 

Ccrew

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Wait, some MBPs can take 32 GB of RAM?!
I think where we're at with that is that supposedly the Intel docs say it's supported. No one that I'm aware of has touched a 16gb DIMM to try to see if it works.
 

throAU

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16GB dims are hell expensive right now.

16gb for a laptop is "enough" unless you're really needing to crunch a lot of data on your laptop. in which case, you're probably using the wrong machine....

I suspect it will be quite some time before anyone tried or otherwise verifies that 32gb will work...
 

dusk007

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Do you really think you need 16GB for a running a few VMs.
I run my Windows VM with 2GB and that is all it needs for the stuff I use it for. A Linux Server VM may need even less. Depending on what is running and the rather limited processing speed of the MBP compared to a real AWS server and the tasks of testing stuff you really don't need much RAM for it. Often 512MB is just fine as KDE,Gnome and what not is a waste anyway.

I see a use for 8GB but you'd need to run quite a few VMs in parallel to need 16GB as a developer. Most dev software doesn't need a whole lot of RAM like some Video/Music or Photo editing software can suck.

8GB is cheap now. 16GB will be in a year as cheap as 8 now. For software dev I really don't see much use for 16GB. It is just a waste of money imo.
 

Back2kcaB

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I have 16GB on a 2011 MBP but ever since the upgrade it seems because I have more available memory the system utilizes more even though my usage has not changed.
 

Redbookpro

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One of my dell "laptops" (it's more like a mobile desktop) has four memory slots, and goes to 32 GB with the i7 mobile chipset. It's an amazing little powerhouse. It would be pretty cool if the new ivy bridge laptops had 4 slots.
 

NickZac

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I think where we're at with that is that supposedly the Intel docs say it's supported. No one that I'm aware of has touched a 16gb DIMM to try to see if it works.

Its officially told on intel page that 2.2GHz i7 2720M and up can hold 32GB RAM.
Oh wow! Thanks guys! Now I can look forward to a 16 GB DIMM...I imagine that is a long way away though...
 

SmurfBoxMasta

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I'm only really here at night.
I got a 17" MBP for xmas and I ordered 2x 8GB ram chips before it even got here :)

It runs like a champ with several scientific apps, 2 VM's and video processing in the background, all at the same time...... AND ........

it runs w7 ultimate way better & faster than my boss's new XPS too !

whodathunkit :eek:
 

yusukeaoki

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Oh wow! Thanks guys! Now I can look forward to a 16 GB DIMM...I imagine that is a long way away though...
Since the 16GB (8x8) is still around 100USD, it should be more pricey.
My guess is it would come out sometime this or next year... but the price wont go down for another couple years :(
 

Ccrew

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Oh wow! Thanks guys! Now I can look forward to a 16 GB DIMM...I imagine that is a long way away though...
That's ok. Imagine how the ones feel here that ran out and got the 8gb DIMMS when they hit the market. OWC was selling them @$1600 a pair. I bought mine for $120 and see them touching $100 now on sale.
 

Warhawk15

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yusukeaoki

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