adding ram to macbook aluminum help?

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  1. Pjoseph macrumors member

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    My macbook came with quantity (2) 1 GB memory cards.
    I wanted to upgrade the ram, should I just get quantity (2) 2 GB cards?
    any particular brand?

    thanks
     
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    Check out OWC for the proper RAM for your Macbook. Make sure to use your Model ID to find the right RAM. Anything you get here will be just fine.
     
  3. Pjoseph thread starter macrumors member

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    should I upgrade to 4gb or jump to 8gb will it be a big difference?

    thanks again .

    Pete
     
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    If you have a Macbook (not Pro), it probably won't take 4GB, but only 3GB. Certainly not 8GB. Which one do you have?
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    The Aluminimum Macbook also called the Late-2008 Macbook can take 8Gb of ram.
     
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    Ahhh.. I missed the aluminum part in the thread title. Thanks!
     
  7. ahbdesign macrumors member

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    I recently upgraded my macbook (the same one) to 4gig ram! there is a very noticeable difference especially when using OS X Lion, so if you can afford it then 8gig ram would be even better! Although 4gig runs fine too, and 2gig is quite crappy with lion
     
  8. Montymitch macrumors regular

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    With the price of ram being so cheap, just go straight to 8bg. I ran 4gb with SL for a year, but when I upgraded to Lion I found 8gb to be necessary. Cost me a whopping $35 to install 8gb, when I installed 4gb it set me back $50 for used ram.
     
  9. fashiondgal007 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I have that macbook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008, 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3) and i'm planning to upgrade the ram... just to be sure, Do I need to buy a 8gb for each slot? a total of 16 gb for both?

    I'm running lion and I use Illustrator and photoshop CS5.
     
  10. iThinkergoiMac, Sep 3, 2011
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    This is quite inaccurate. Max RAM for MacBooks:

    1,1: 2 GB
    2,1: 3.3 GB
    3,1: 6 GB
    4,1: 6 GB
    5,1 and beyond: 8 GB

    Only the first two generations* actually couldn't read 4 GB, all the rest can.

    *- The 2,1 and 4,1 models actually contain two generations (separate releases) within that model identifier.

    Maximum RAM quotes are for a total of both slots. So your MacBook maxes out at 8 GB RAM (the most any MacBook can hold, see my list above) and has two slots, so 2x 4 GB is the best you can do. If you need 16 GB RAM, you'll need the latest generation MacBook Pro (any screen size).
     

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