8Gb Memory upgrade for 2011 MBP

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  1. SgtP3pp3r macrumors member

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    I was hoping to get some insight as to what brand memory i should get.

    I'm on an early 2011 15" MBP 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, wanting to go from 4Gb to 8Gb

    I want to make sure I receive Lion with open arms when i actually do the upgrade.
     
  2. soco macrumors 68030

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    You'll be fine for Lion without it, but I went with the Newegg sale on GSkill RAM.
     
  3. satchow macrumors 6502

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    I love OWC's products (www.macsales.com). 8 GB with shipping is around $90, which is probably $20 or $30 more than something on sale at NewEgg, but the quality of their stuff has been top notch for me.

     
  4. ABadSanta macrumors regular

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    I have the 2011 2.0 ghz 15", and before I booted it up for the first time i installed 8 GB of G Skill DDR3 1333 mhz 10600 from newegg.com. Laptop read it perfectly.
     
  5. Hyper-X macrumors 6502a

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    I've always gone with Crucial memory, zero problems. Fast shipping, quality products, the individual chips were also of the same brand as the OEM.

    After using my MBP with 8GB, I'd never consider using one at 4GB.
     
  6. lindstedt56 macrumors regular

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    There is no quality between OWC and newegg ram. The only difference and newegg offers this ram for 15-40$ cheaper then OWC is that its "Mac Certified" which is a scam in my opinion.

    All of the non "mac certified" ddr 3 ram which is 30-40$ cheaper then OWC will work in your MBP.
     
  7. sh0ebox macrumors member

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    It's highly unlikely that you'll notice a difference between any of the most popular options (Crucial, G.Skill, OWC) once you put it in your Mac. IMO just go with the cheapest option as it will serve you just as well.

    I got the G.Skill set from NewEgg about a week and a half ago when it was on sale for $50. I've had a set of G.Skill DDR desktop RAM in my PC that I built 5 and a half years ago that is still going strong and has never had any issues. It's even overclocked as well, so I can vouch for G.Skill in terms of quality. Many people may not have heard of the brand and thus are susceptible to thinking that it is not good quality, but it's actually quite popular amongst the PC gaming world. You're probably just as likely to have as many (or few) problems with any other brand of RAM so I wouldn't fuss over the price.
     
  8. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    OWC does offer an advance replacement service, so they ship new RAM to you and then you ship the bad RAM back--fairly quick. So it's not like they don't offer anything, though I agree they are a bit pricey.
     
  9. SgtP3pp3r thread starter macrumors member

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    Well when it comes to my MBP, price is no object.

    I really couldn't fuss on an additional $40 for doubling the RAM on a machine i payed $2200 for (Specially when u consider the reason i payed $2200 was to make sure i was getting a quality product).

    I really appreciate all the insight, and tho i'm tempted to go with the Crucial, i'll try the OWC. Call me a fool, but i feel that "Mac Certified" label just might be worth the extra cash.

    Thanks to all :D
     
  10. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a

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    I've used Crucial's 8GB ram, which has been great thus far (with both SL and L). 8GB is much faster for me for both OS's
     
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  12. dsio macrumors regular

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    +1 Paying a mac tax to anyone other than Apple is wasting your money...
     
  13. blueridge macrumors 6502

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    just ordered MBP 15" today.. was looking at upgrading the memory right off the bat to 8GB.. saw this thread.. they have same mem on amazon for free ship with prime.. so either newegg or amazon.. i prob go with newegg. :)
     
  14. maclaptop macrumors 65816

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    Precisely :)
     
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    has anyone experienced a drop in battery life?

    I think when I was on the stock 4GB, i had twice as much battery life as I do now when I'm on 8GB corsair
     
  17. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    But you're paying an extra $40 for ZERO benefit. If you're going to do that, at least mail me the check :D G.Skill is one of the absolute best brands for RAM and tons of people have it in their MBPs with no problems whatsoever. It's one of the only compatible kits that have a FULL 5 "Eggs" on Newegg with over 200 reviews.
     
  18. dsio macrumors regular

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    If anyone wants to buy their G.skill/Kingston or whatever, I'm willing to Mac Certify it for $30. That's still $10 less that OWC.
     
  19. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    $25 from me. Sorry dsio, rules of capitalism :D

    Reminds me of this:
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  20. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought on Sunday for $3 more and no Flash Drive.

    Memory prices fluctuate like gas and milk it seems. :(
     
  21. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Newegg has Crucial 8 GB RAM on sale for $59.99 with free shipping . . .
     
  22. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    I think you're remembering incorrectly. I don't see how the addition of memory, even doubling it, would result in a 50% decrease in battery life.
     
  23. mac1984user macrumors 6502a

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    I just went with Crucial memory last week. I installed it today and it seems to work fine after a few memory tests. I feel better about running virtual machines with 8GB instead of 4. With 4, I was pushing the boundaries a bit. Hope that helps in your decision-making process.
     

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