16gb RAM for 15" Mid 2010

bentondenmark

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I know this has been ran through the ringer for years and years but with High Sierra can a 15" MBP Mid 2010 2.53 GHz i5 now handle 16gb RAM?
 

TazExprez

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Feb 4, 2010
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Weirdly enough, the 2010 C2D MBP 13 7,1 does support 16GB, but not officially. I have this machine with 8GB and wonder if it’s worth upgrading to 16GB.
 

gpat

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Not worth it on 2010 machines. The CPU is just too much of a bottleneck. 2011 onwards, that's another story.
 

TazExprez

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Feb 4, 2010
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Audit13

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Do you think that it’s even worth it to replace the stock 320GB HDD for a 250GB SSD, like the Samsung 860 EVO? It’s currently on sale for $57.99.

Samsung 860 EVO:
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-250GB-Internal-MZ-76E250B-AM/dp/B07864WMK8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542174547&sr=8-1&keywords=Samsung+ssd+250gb
Yes, it will make a huge difference in everything from booting to opening and using programs.

I have not come across a sata SSD that hasn't worked in a Macbook. These include Crucial, HP, Adata, Samsung, Kingston, and Patriot.
 

brdeveloper

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Apr 21, 2010
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I didn't find anyone who has tried to test 16GB on this Macbook Pro model. It's sad when most people say "do not even try, you should get a new Mac". Come on, that Mac gets a Geekbench score (MC) around 60% better than my Mac Mini 2010. Taking into account that my Mini is a usable machine, even better will be a laptop 60% faster.

My Mac Mini has 16GB and, although it can't handle a lot of apps in active state without lagging, it can benefit from a lot of RAM, e.g., when you open a 10GB text file in a text editor or other specialized applications which don't require extreme processing power but need all data loaded in RAM. Java apps love RAM and some of the most popular ones, like Netbeans and SQLDeveloper require a couple of gigs each on some scenarios.