DDRII 800 in previous gen MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bmhealy001, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. bmhealy001 macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    Hello everyone,

    I just purchased a 4 gb kit of ddrII 800 (PC2-6400) for my previous generation 15" MacBook Pro (2.6 ghz Intel Core 2 Duo). I know it only supports ddrII 667 (PC2-5300) but was under the assumption that it will down clock the 800 to 667 speed. However, my laptop will not even boot with them in. I know the modules are fine because I loaded them in a 24" 3.06 ghz iMac which supports ddrII 800 and it boots just fine. My question is, was I wrong about it using them at 667 speed and it will just not use them at all.

    Any replies from anybody with experience on this would be greatly appreciated.
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Some DIMMs don't mind underclocking, some do. Memory is just fickle like that, I guess.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    While in most situations the RAM will downclock just fine the MacBook (Pro) Penryn is picky with DDR2-800 and requires DDR2-667.

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