Increase RAM in 17"

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  1. Scotty574 macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    Im looking to increase my RAM from 4gb to either 8gb or 16gb, but can anyone recommend where to buy from. Ive found a few on Amazon, but not 100% sure..

    Many thanks
    Kristian S
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Any RAM brand will do.

    Crucial's pretty reliable.
     
  3. Scotty574 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would you recommend saving a bit more and go for the 16gb, or stay at 8gb?
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    To be honest

    Without knowing your usage it's impossible to say.

    Take a look here for an indication of how much you need...

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1756865

    Also if your issue is just general slowness, boot up, app opening etc tehn an SSD is almost always a better upgrade than RAM. Again without knowing what you use it for it is impossible to tell.
     
  5. MH01 Suspended

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    +1 on crucial, never had issues with it.
     
  6. davehutch macrumors 6502a

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    I used Crucial to upgrade my 17". All good.

    From what I can see with a quick Google, all 17" can only take 8GB maximum
     
  7. thewap macrumors demi-god

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    16g ram on my mbp 17". The 17" un-officially takes up to 16G.
     
  8. davehutch macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't know that! Even an early 2009 like mine?
     
  9. lavrishevo, Apr 7, 2015
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    lavrishevo macrumors 68000

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    I noticed a speed increase over the Crucial 1333 8gb kit. Not just multitasking but day to day as well. Geekbench 3 scores went up about 500 points to boot. Good stuff. This is on a early 2011 I7 quad core 2.2 Combine that with my Samsung Evo SSD this machine is still quite fast.

    Now that the OS is 64bit you can recognized 16gb of 1600 MHz ram.

    This is what I recommend if your machine can take it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Venge...337&sr=8-2&keywords=corsair+vengeance+204+pin
     
  10. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - No, unfortunately not. The 16 GB applies only to 2011 models and later.
    It's a big mystery why Apple lists support for just 8 GB at 1333MHz for those when clearly they can take 16 GB at 1600MHz without issues (as mine has for a long time).
     
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I'd venture to guess that it's because they never sold the upgrade themselves.
     
  12. thewap macrumors demi-god

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    As mentioned above unfortunately not for the 2009 model core2 duo 17".I also have the 2009, with 8gb ram, an SSD drive would be the best upgrade.
     
  13. davehutch macrumors 6502a

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    I put a Momentus XT in a few years back so I think it's as fast as it's ever going to be. The processor is now the problem with Lightroom RAW files.
    Next buy is 2015 rMBP with 4K screen
    :) yum!
     

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