Resolved Late 2008 MBP Memory Upgrade

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  1. Heebeejeebies, Nov 19, 2011
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    Heebeejeebies macrumors regular

    Heebeejeebies

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    I am a complete novice when it comes to understanding RAM, so I was hoping you guys could help me out.

    I was recently informed that my late 2008 unibody model MBP can now upgrade to 8GB. I am all kinds of ecstatic, but since I don't know anything about memory, I don't know what I need to look for.

    About my Mac.
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    So I googled a bit and I understand that I need to get a DDR3 SDRAM 2 x 4GB kit. I also understand that 1066 MHz has something to do with it (and is it odd that the memory on my shows up as 1067 MHz?), but when I looked for 8GB kits, such as this one, not all of the information is listed (or maybe it is and I just don't understand it). Are the number of pins important?

    So in essence, I am asking what I should be looking for when I buy RAM for my MBP? Also, has anyone already done this, and if so, how did it work?
     
  2. Heebeejeebies thread starter macrumors regular

    Heebeejeebies

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    And then I found all of this good stuff, right here on MacRumors...

    Understanding Intel Mac RAM
    Buying RAM

    I would still like to know about the number of pins. Can someone clarify the difference and what I should be looking for?
     
  3. Heebeejeebies thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think I started this thread a little too early:

    Starting with the Late 2008 MacBook (Unibody only) and MacBook Pro Most New Core Macs (nVidia chipset) use the same DDR3-1066 (PC3-8500) 204 pin SODIMMs. Again, as with previous generations, choosing RAM for one model will work in others. The exceptions here are the Late 2008 White MacBook which retains DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) 200 pin SODIMMs (although there are reports of success with DDR2-800 (PC2-6400) RAM running at full speed in these machines) and the Mid 2009 White MacBook which officially supports DDR2-800 (PC2-6400) 200 pin SODIMMs.

    Now my question is whether there's a way to delete this thread.

    :eek:
     
  4. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Bravo!

    DDR3 RAM will all be 204 pin - so don't worry about pin count. DDR2 was 200 pin.

    Go for it!
     
  5. Heebeejeebies thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I definitely intend to.

    I upgraded to Lion and while I am impressed with it, using Logic Pro and/or Aperture tends to slow my computer down after a while with only 4GB. I'm hoping an upgrade to 8GB will help until I can scrounge up the money for a new MBP.
     
  6. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    8 GB should help.

    You could also change your hard drive to a 7200 RPM model, which will give a bit more speed as well. Not cheap at the moment due to flooding in Thailand, but that could be a good next step once prices rationalize.

    You could also try going back to Snow Leopard - it seems to be a bit faster than Lion.
     

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