16gb RAM on 2011 MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mikeyray88, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. mikeyray88 macrumors newbie


    Oct 15, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
  2. mikeyray88, Mar 20, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2012

    mikeyray88 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 15, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
  3. lermal macrumors regular


    Aug 7, 2007
    Washington DC
  4. desantii macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2006
    Aurora, IL
  5. windowstomac macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    How's the performance improvement with day to day use - and please say what you do with your Mac! I have 8GB at the moment, with 2GB dedicated to a Windows VM - don't do that much in terms of photos / movies but still find I'm getting page outs sometimes.
  6. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    I bought the Corsair memory (16GB) from Fry's a couple of weeks ago for $109. However, I bought part number CMSO16GX3M2A1333C9 vice CMSA16GX3M2A1333C9. I called Corsair and the tech told me that in reality they were they exact same memory from the same production line, but the latter (Mac) part number has just been specifically tested to work with the Mac. Well, my thought was, since my MBP uses the same intel processor as any other laptop, for the most part, I'd go ahead and take a chance and buy the cheaper version. Immediately after install, I ran extended diagnostics with zero issues. I've been running it for a couple of weeks now and so far (knock on wood) it has been purring along like a charm. I know it was a bit of a risk, but I figured if it was really the same memory from the same line, the odds were good (not perfect but good) that it would work just fine. So far so good.
  7. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    If I swap out the SuperDrive...

    If I use a kit to swap the super drive on my 13" MBP with, say, a 750 GB WD HD, is there a "shell" kit that I could put the super drive in so I could continue to use it as an external drive when needed?
  8. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Depending on what kit you use, there will be an enclosure for the ODD coming with the kit.
    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)

    Or you could look for enclosures for the ODD on eBay.
  9. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    Well, I got the 8GB version of Corsair memory that was specifically tested for Mac but am having problems. I really wonder what goes into testing exactly? I wouldn't worry about not having the mac version.
  10. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    Yeah, I knew it was a crap shoot, but for $109 I took a chance. So far so good. Time will tell if it stays good.
  11. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I love 16 gebees. I normally have 4 VMs open. At the moment I have none open. But OS X will cache files into memory even if you aren't using it, so things speed up.

    Although my box is already plenty fast since I already have an intel SSD inside.

  12. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    I don't blame you. If I could, I'd try to get my money back so I could buy 16GB instead of 8. FCPX likes a lot of memory.
  13. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    16GB RAM and still 560MB of pageouts? Looks like you need the memory!
  14. Higney85 macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2011
    Wirelessly posted

    I'd say very good. I did the upgrade to 16GB and it's nice. 4GB to W7 in parellels, lion gets 8-12GB depending on playing with W8 beta (4GB also in parellels). I also upgraded to a 750GB momentus XT at the same time. I can do whatever and whenever without lag. Before (8GB total) that wasn't the case.
  15. squeakr macrumors 68000


    Apr 22, 2010

    Remember that these values are cumulative from the time of the last restart, so with some like me that could be days or even weeks, and that type of page out over such duration is not very much. The true measure is to restart at the start of the day, use normally during the day, and then check at the end of a normal day of usage.
  16. StevenSeagull macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2012
    I've got an early 2011 17" Macbook Pro.

    I'm ready to upgrade to 16GB ram, but am still after reading not sure about which route to go. It appears it's anyone's guess as far as bad ram goes but is there any need for the Mac specific memory like the one sold at best buy/newegg? I DJ with my laptop on the weekends and would rather be safe than sorry in a real time environment.

    Anyone weigh in on this?
  17. sfoalex macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2001
    I bought that upgrade when it was selling for $419. And that was a deal at the time. Working flawlessly since. Love it.
  18. IGotBush macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2011
    EDIT: really have to make a way to delete posts ehre
  19. shardey macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    That, and to spell :D

    People really are illiterate when it comes to using the "SEARCH" function.
  20. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Depends on whether or not you need warranty support. Be prepared to be told "not compatible, too bad" if you do have problems with non-Mac memory.
  21. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    16 GB Crucial here and like other people using the 16 GB, I'm loving it. You only see a really noticeable difference under heavy loads but when you have a bazillion programs open at once, the difference is pretty substantial. I did a few benchmarks back a few weeks ago that showed that the 8 vs. 16 had no difference on a benchmark under light load, and so that shows that it will only benefit some users.

    And if you think $230 is an "insane" price, you should have seen when it was $1,400!!!! :p
  22. toppolarbear macrumors newbie


    Apr 27, 2012
    South East
    Late 2011 with 16GB Axiom

    16GB really helps for someone who runs a lot of apps like I do. A noticeable difference.

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