Another Noob's SSD Upgrade Inquiry

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Meyer Lansky, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. Meyer Lansky macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2014
    Hi guys,

    I've recently been seeing a lot more of our friend, Mr. Spinning Beach Ball, on my late-2011 QC 2.2GHz 4GB MBP as I have more music production software running. I did a bit of research on the forums and concluded that I should probably upgrade my RAM to the maximum allowable.

    The Crucial site listed "16GB kit (8GBx2) DDR3 PC3-10600 Unbuffered NON-ECC 1.35V" (quoted as $165.99) as the compatible model. I looked up the corresponding part number on Amazon and was surprised to find that it's $195.99 there (

    1) Any idea why there's such a big markup? (I'm used to Amazon having the lowest prices for something.)

    2) I also found a similar model (every spec the same except with "PC3-12800" instead of the "PC3-10600" on Crucial's website) going for $136.57. (URL: Would that be compatible as well?

    Thanks a bunch in advance! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Given they now collect sales tax, I am not used to Amazon having lower prices than B&H, Adorama, or Newegg.

    Suggest you go the route of a Samsung EVo 840 SSD. I have put 5 of them into older MacBooks and it makes all the difference.
  3. Meyer Lansky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2014
    Ah, didn't know that (too used to Amazon's everyday low prices in the non-technical equipment world ;)). And thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely look into it.
  4. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    I'd be inclined to go with Crucial's advice but I'm sure if you ask them direct they will double-check it for you.

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