How to make my MBP 2010 run faster

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by onne2slick, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. onne2slick macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2010
    I own a 13" MBP Mid-2010 with 4GB, 250 GB hard drive, with intel core.
    It has never been upgraded. Not that it's slow, but I think it could be faster.

    How can I go about making applications run faster? Boot speed? web pages, etc?

    Would upgrading my ram to 8GB or even 6GB make a difference? I've heard something about 7200 hard drive. I'm not too familiar with these technical things, so bare with me.

  2. kingoddball macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    I have both, a 2010 2.4ghz c2d 13" and an i7 2011 13".

    My 2010 seems faster than my (stock) i7.
    I gave my wife the 2010.

    2010 = 2.4ghz, 8GB Ram (1066mhz Corsair) and a Momentux XT.

    Try upgrade the ram to 8GB and get a Momentus XT. It's a 500GB 7200rpm with 4GB solid state built in.
    It won't make the machine run faster, but can make it boot quicker and many commonly used programs boot faster.
  3. memoteran macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2006
    i would first get a 7200rpm hard drive and maybe get more memory .
  4. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    Memory won't do a thing unless you're running out right now. If your not seeing a lot of page swaps, then 8gb of RAM won't do anything. An SSD will net you more performance increase than even a new machine would. I wouldn't touch the momentus with a 20ft pole right now though...they've been having a lot of MacBook specific problems with those drives.
  5. spazma7ik macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2009
    Get a Solid State Drive, it's the biggest increase in speed you will ever see in your laptop.
  6. un.titled macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2011
  7. Ach111es macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2010
    Depending On how much you want to could resell the 2010 MBP or you could buy an SSD. Reselling the computer and updating to the 2011 you will probably only lose about $100-200. On the other hand, you can get a really fast ssd for about $300, and the SSD will give ou faster basic performance (boot, program opening).
  8. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
  9. Pikkuroope macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2008
  10. spooky69 macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2010
    I have one with the latest firmware and it works fine. It's a good upgrade for the money.

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