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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by h4lp m3, May 21, 2014.
I have a MacBookPro9,1 with a 2.3GHz core i7 and 16GB RAM. I'm wondering if I can go to 32GB?
Nope, the MBP has two RAM slots. So it can take a maximum of two 8GB-RAM sticks.
Yes, if you can find 16GB SO-DIMMs.
Which are not supported by the Intel CPU Even if they were commercially available.
Oh, but it is supported by the CPU
Well, read for yourself. It seems that Intel CPUs do not support 8Gbit RAM packages which are required to have a 16Gb SO-DIMM. That, and there seems to be only one manufacturer of such RAM modules, but they do not seem to be available and even if they were, the price would be extremely high.
With what's available today, no, you can't.
Intel says otherwise:
You didn't read my posts completely. Of course Intel supports 32GB if they are present in the system as 4x 8GB RAM modules. But because of the memory controller implementation, they appear not being able to support a 2x 16GB configuration. The quote is in my above post.
The MBP 9,1 was the mid-2012 model, with the i7 3615QM.
I suppose your point still stands, that also reports max memory of 32 GB on 2 channels but 16 GB SO-DIMMs are extremely difficult to find.
I heard that there are some 16 GB modules in the works but I don't know if they would be compatible due to BIOS limitations.
If you need 32 GB of RAM , you could look into gaming laptops or workstation laptops.
According to Other World Computing's site, the 2012 MBP's support....wait for it...wait for it....a maximum of 16GB of RAM.
That's still technically wrong.
No, it's not wrong. Those MBPs do support up to 16GB of RAM.
Technically they can support upto 32GB of RAM. obviously if there were more RAM slots then the Mac's could support 32GB of RAM
Technically, they don't. As there aren't more RAM slots in a MBP, they can't.
They should make a Thunderbolt dock that gives you more RAM slots
And immediately drop the performance of your computer by over 80%
I wouldn't be surprised if Apple announced a 32GiB RAM option for the rMBP, which would put them on equal footing in this area with mobile workstations (except those using desktop processors) for the next year, as there will be no mobile CPUs supporting DDR4 yet.
But even if they offer 2TB of storage, that would be massively expensive, and offer less guarantee of timely expansion possibilities.
I really doubt that. They simply don't have enough space on the mainboard to put double the amount of RAM modules. Otherwise they would gave offered such am option long time ago.