I Upgraded To 8 GB Memory On My 2011 13" Base MBP and I Have Questions

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  1. gregpod9 macrumors regular

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    Today I upgraded to 8 GB of memory on my 2011 13" base MBP and I would like to know if its efficient for what I will be using it for. I'm going to buy Windows 7 and Parallels next month and I would like to know if 8 GB will make a difference when using Parallels instead of 4 GB of memory?
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    8GB will definitely help with running Parallels.
     
  3. parapup macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it definitely will make a difference running virtual machines. You can now assign more RAM to Windows for example without slowing down Mac programs.
     
  4. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

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    Keep in mind though that Parallels will only allot 2gb of RAM to windows by default (I think it's 2gb - might even be less). You will have to manually configure Parallels to allow for more if you want it.
     
  5. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    Yes it will make a big difference especially with parallels and other VM software.. Just make sure you go into the settings and change the amount allotted to the virtual machine to suit your needs. I wouldn't give it over 4gb though, that may start causing issues if you do.
     
  6. gregpod9 thread starter macrumors regular

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    My memory that I bought and installed in my 2011 13" base MBP a few days started to have issues yesterday. The memory is causing my MBP to be unstable. The memory brand is Corsair and the model number is CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9. I returned this memory back to Fry's Electronics and they tested it on a Windows 7 laptop and a MBP. The Windows 7 laptop had no issues with the memory, but the MBP had issues with this memory.
     
  7. Rhyalus macrumors 6502

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    I bought the exact same memory from Newegg for my 2011 MBP back in April, and I never had a problem with it at all.

    Maybe you just got bad memory sticks...don't listen to Fry's.

    R

    (p.s., in April it was a good deal at $82 - now it is $49.99...)
     
  8. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

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    8GB will most definitely help. I, personally, found it impractical to run Win7 in Parallels with only 4GB of RAM.
     

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