Early 2011 13" MBP: can it do 16GB RAM or only 8GB?

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  1. eyeheartny macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to upgrade my early-2011 13" MBP. I've seen conflicting information from Apple and Crucial about what the max RAM I can run might be. Crucial says they "guarantee" I can run 16GB and Apple says the max is 8GB.

    Which one is it? Can I order the 2x8GB and successfully/safely install them?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Barney63 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple only guarantees 8GB, many people have done the 16GB upgrade without any problems.
    I would also think that if Crucial say you can do the 16GB and you end up not being able to, they should refund you under the distance selling rules.

    Barney
     
  3. eyeheartny thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome, thank you. Between that and an SSD upgrade this MBP will have some new life.
     
  4. petey2133 macrumors member

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    been running 16 gigs of crucial ram for a few months, issue free. Tomorrow after the UPS guy shows up I will also be installing a Samsung 840 EVO 1 TB SSD.

    Runs A LOT FASTER RIGHT NOW, opening things like CS6 and FCPX takes 5 seconds or less. Saving files also faster. Cannot wait for the SSD to really speed things up.
     

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  6. y1ruma1 macrumors newbie

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    Which ram model you installed?
     
  7. srsub3 macrumors 6502

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    I had 16 gb in my previous mac and they worked flawlessly . mounted samsung sticks. SSD will be the most noticeable improvement, however
     
  8. y1ruma1 macrumors newbie

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    Could you please give your Macbook pro previous specs?
     
  9. srsub3 macrumors 6502

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    It was an early 2011 13" with i7 dual core. 2.7 GHz I guess the CPU clock was
     
  10. petey2133 macrumors member

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    I just installed this 1TB SSD last night.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3W16OU/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    And this is the 16 GB ram I installed a little while ago.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LTBJFW/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    Computer got a fresh Mavericks install last night, and it feels magnificent.. boot up to password is like 8 or 9 seconds. opening FCPX and PS6 simultaneously is like 3 or 4 seconds max.
     
  11. bobcan macrumors 6502a

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    Most accurate site that I have used yet..

    I have never had this site let me down on over a dozen MBP and iMacs that I have added RAM to.. Just find out exact machine specs (About This MAC) and 'follow the breadcrumbs' here.. I am fairly confident that 16GB is likely the answer, but this should confirm it.. Happy Hunting!! :apple:

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/index-macbookpro.html
     
  12. Husky1992 macrumors regular

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    is this ram compatible with my mid 2012 13'' mbp?


    what does MODULE SIZE:1GB MEAN?
     
  13. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    RAM sticks use memory modules. Since it is a 4GB stick, and module size is 1GB, the stick has 4 memory chips.

    That is all.
     

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