Can my 2010 15in Mbp support 16gb of ram and thoughts on current mbp.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by djfmf, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. djfmf macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2012
    So I bought a 15in early 2010 MBP for $580 with a 2.4 i5, 8 gb ram, 500gb 7200rpm drive, and the 256/256 embedded and dedicated nvidia graphics card setup. My intention was to replace my mid 2012 13in MBP, which I will describe in detail later. Anyways I have replaced the 15in with a 256 gb toshiba Q Pro ssd and the latest Yosemite. It looks great and performs great. Decided to do a geekbench and magic disk test was disappointed with both results. It's was 2000 points lower in the geek bench and 240/260 read/write speeds.

    My 2012 Mbp has a 256 gb 840 pro ssd and 16gb of ram, with the original 500gb drive in the optical bay drive. Since I was doing video and music editing on my 13in and wanted to give to my wife I didn't think I would take a drastic hit in the performance section based of the scores I just recently did. Anyways I have been doing research on the 2010 MBp models and Wikipedia says the 13 inch supports up to 16gb, while a few users back in the day tried and failed with numerous 2010 set ups. I'm trying to find if anyone today with a 2010mbp variant can run 16gb of ddr3 pc3-8500 1066mhz.

    So far I really like the 15in and with the new ssd and 8gb of ram it performs the same as my 13in. I'm just hoping it can run that extra 8 gigs, and gain a bit more performance. Otherwise I might just try a 12gb setup.
  2. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    The issue related to 16GB has to do with the 330M gpu, which doesn't support this amount of RAM. 12GB or 10GB could be an interesting experiment, though. 2010 13" MBPs and Mac Minis support 16GB since the built-in 320M has no issues with such amount of RAM.

    However, I didn't understand exactly what do you wanna do. You had a 2012 MBP, gave it to your wife and bought a 2010 one? Does she need better performance?
  3. djfmf thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Not really. I graduate college next month and wanted to hand it to her to continue her studies. Also I can't afford to get her a brand new computer and would rather give her something I put my time into upgrading.

    So for sure, do not buy 16gb of ram, because of the 330 nvdidia card in particular?
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Only the 13" 2010 will boot 16GB with the correct boot ROM version. The 15" won't boot.

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