2011 MacBook Pro RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shstiger2009, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. shstiger2009 macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2011
    Not too knowledgeable about this...so I'm wondering. I bought my MBP today upgrading from a 2009 model, and I have 8GB (1066) of RAM in the 2009 Model. Should I put this in my new 2011 for the time being, or will this actually slow it down being slower RAM? Thanks.

    Also, this is what I should be buying for my 2011 MBP? Right?

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It's highly unlikely that it will make a noticeable difference.
  3. shstiger2009 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2011
    So I should just put the 8GB RAM that I have and be done with it?
  4. Luiii macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    I dont think 1066 works at all in the 2011 MBP, you will need 1333
  5. shstiger2009 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2011
    I actually was in the process of doing it, and it's recognizing 8GB RAM 1066. So what does that mean....haha.
  6. strang macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2009
    1066 MHz should be fine. DDR3 is DDR3. Sandy Bridge so happens to support "up to" 1333 MHz.
  7. shstiger2009 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2011
    Ok. But the 8GB of 1066 MHz is definitely faster than the 4GB of 1333MHz and I would benefit more from the 8GB, right? Only concerned because I was reading a few other threads and people were bashing putting 1066 into a 2011 MBP. But I figure 8GB of slower is better than 4GB of slightly faster.
  8. strang macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2009
    4 GB to 8 GB will be a bigger performance boost than going from 1066 MHz to 1333 MHz.

    You have to find uses for 8 GB of RAM though. That's quite a bit of RAM.

    I know I'm going to eat my words one day. 2 GB of RAM was a lot once upon a time.
  9. ddoolin0 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2011
    My desktop is a power desktop and only eats 6GB of RAM, hardly ever using half. I think an 8GB standard is pretty far off. :p
    Especially with increasing amounts of load being handled by CPU/GPU.
  10. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    I also remember the day when my dads friend that worked at IBM said "Thats all the memory you'll ever need!" after buying an IBM with a 6GB Harddrive.

    I remember feeling like I had "Power" in my IBM Thinkpad with 256MB of RAM. Then I got into video encoding and well yeah......
  11. shstiger2009 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2011
    Yeah I know, and I know I don't use that much. It's nice to have and to have everything running a bit smoother, and for what it's priced at nowadays, it's worth it to me. I also saw a jump in battery life when I upgraded my 2009 from 4GB to 8GB.
  12. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2010
    Lawton, OK
    I would get the DDR3-10600 (1333MHz). 9-9-9-24 timings, 1.5V. You're talking $90 for 8GB (I paid $92 for Crucial, other manufacturers are a wee bit less). Sell your old memory for $50-60, and you're looking at not much of an upgrade cost for a significant boost in memory bandwidth.
  13. shstiger2009 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2011
    This is what I was looking for. So to get the 1333MHz would be pretty beneficial over the 1066MHz. Thank you

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