2011 MacBook Pro RAM

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  1. shstiger2009 macrumors 6502

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    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?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148345
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's highly unlikely that it will make a noticeable difference.
     
  3. shstiger2009 thread starter macrumors 6502

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

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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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