2012 MBP 15 Base Memory Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cherishzm, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. cherishzm macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    Just bought a 2012 MBP 15 and need to upgrade the memory to 8GB. Already put in a M4 256GB SSD in it. I mostly use it for work (basic office tasks, Excel/Web/etc) and run W7 through Parellels.

    Would 8GB be enough or should I consider upgrading to 16GB and make it future-proof? What'd be cost difference? I remember buying 8GB for about $40 for 2010 MBP I used to have.
  2. albert1028 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    Pricing wise, I would just pick up 16gb, it can be had for around $80-90 at this time. But it all depends on your budget. Thing is, if you want to upgrade in the future, it may make it hard to reutilize the current 8gb if there are no other system you own that you can place the 2x4gb dimms in.

    I just upgraded my mac mini i5 mid 2011 to 16gb from standard 4gb configuration.
  3. cherishzm, Jun 22, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2012

    cherishzm thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    Thanks for your reply. Budget is not a concern but I just don't want to spend extra money on something I won't need.

    How about just replacing one 2GB memory with a 8GB one? That'll make total of 10GB at about the same cost of buying 2 x 4GB's. Any potential performance issue with this setup? I do know using a pair of same memory sticks would be best but what's be downside of 8GB + 2GB setup?

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