Boost RAM for Macbook 3.1

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Phycoduck, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Phycoduck macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2008
    Hi all, I have a question for the forum.

    I have a Macbook 3.1 with 4GB’s of ram. The hardware is working properly and the kernels / processes are clean. But now I use my Macbook for work I need to find away of boosting the speed by increasing the RAM. I know you can add a SSD card in the Macbook pro via the expansion slot which boosts the performance.

    My question is, Can I do the same with my Macbook 3.1 by adding a 8GB SSD drive to the USB or Firewire?

    I will update the Macbook at the next refresh. By then I can expand the RAM to 8GB, but I’m looking for a small solution for now.

    Thanks all for your help
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    USB will only give you a read and write speed of 25-35MB/s, FW400 30-40MB/s, FW800 55-70MB/s. Your internal HDD will be faster than USB and FW400 and most probably FW800. It would be a waste of money, as SSDs offer more speed than those ports can really deliver.

    As for updating to 8GB of RAM - it's not possible, as the MacBook 3.1 only can use 4GB of RAM, everything more is just useless and might even make the computer unstable.
  3. Phycoduck thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2008
    So the only way to increase the speed is to swap the hard drive for an SSD?

    Rats, thanks for that.

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