Resolved Late 2008 Unibody MacBook - RAM question?

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  1. user1690 macrumors regular

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    Hey all!

    Just scored a Late 2008 Unibody (Aluminium?) MacBook from a friend, it has 4GB (2x 2GB Crucial modules) RAM and i want to max it out if i can.

    My internet searching is giving me conflicting info, some places say 6GB, some say 8GB, some say to just not bother.

    Here is what the system profiler says about the system;

    MacBook5,1
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    2.4GHz
    4GB Memory
    1.07GHz Bus Speed
    BOOT ROM: MB51.007D.B03
    SMC: 1.32f8

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    MEMORY
    BANK 0/DIMM0 - 2GB - DDR3 - 1067 MHz - OK
    BANK 0/DIMM1 - 2GB - DDR3 - 1067 MHz - OK

    The MacBook will be running 10.9.5 as well

    All i want to know is, what is the max the system will take, and is it a good idea to stick with Crucial RAM?

    Thanks in advance for any info! :D
     
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    Max memory is 2 x 4GB (8GB total)
    Your MacBook5,1 needs PC3-8500 SO-DIMMs, and is somewhat picky about the memory that will work.
    Crucial can take care of your needs with that.
    OWC will be good, too.
    Data Memory Systems (DMS) is where I buy my memory now...
     
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    More RAM is good - even better, an SSD. It will be like a new system!
     
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    That would really be a much better upgrade option if you don't already have one and can't afford both.
     
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    I'm using a 2008 unibody MB with 8GB right now. I upgraded this summer with that Crucial memory, also added an SSD and swapped out the super drive with a data doubler. The difference is night and day, wish I had done it sooner.

    Lightroom is still a bit sluggish, but everything else I use it for flies now. This should hold me over until rev 2 of the rMB.
     
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    Just a little bump, thanks to all once again for the info, the 4GB module i ordered in the link above works perfectly and at the moment i have 6GB in the machine, i'll be ordering another 4GB module in a week or so. :D
     
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    I have the same MacBook and added 8GB of RAM and a SSD, and it flies. You need to be careful what SSD you use, some don't play nice with that chip set.
     
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    I got a Crucial 256GB one in it now, seems to work really nice :D
     
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    it has to do with speeds. if you go under System information > SATA/SATA Express > Nvidia MCP79 AHCI look at the Link Speed and Negotiated Speeds. If they say 1.5 Gigabit, it's not working 100%, but both show 3 Gigabit, you're fine.
     
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    Yep, 3 Gigabit here! Woohoo! :D

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    Awesome!! I am amazed how mine works and flies.
     

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