Macbook A1342 speed increase question

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by R740, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. R740 macrumors member

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    Hi all, I have my mid-2010 white unibody MacBook with Intel Core 2 Duo already upgraded to "official max" 4GB of RAM, but third-parties say that it is upgradeable up to 8GB. So my question is, which is more worthy for speed increase - upgrade from 4GB of RAM to 8GB or switch from HDD to SSD ?
     
  2. DaKKs macrumors 6502

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    SSD, without a doubt. Also, the mid 2010 Macbook white takes up to 16GB ram. As long as the modules are 1.5volt.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    ^^above^^

    Apple says 4GB is maximum. Mactracker.app (and OWC) say 16GB is maximum.
    Your original question about 8GB will help. 16GB nice, but not a significant boost over 8GB.
    An SSD will take you to a whole different level, faster than you have ever seen your MacBook work, even if you choose to do nothing to the RAM.
     
  4. jazz1 macrumors 65816

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    Go with the SSD upgrade for sure. Made my late 2008 Macbook Pro sing! I sent with OWC brand, they also have install videos which are helpful.
     
  5. DaKKs macrumors 6502

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    As they say, unused ram is wasted ram. Yosemite or capitan does fine with 4gb unless you either phototshop a lot or you're a tab hoarder.

    If you have cash to spend. An upgrade to 8 gb doesnt hurt. But its not necessary. An SSD will be like night and day.

    Also, the upgrade is a child's play. If you know how a screwdriver works and can visually identify a harddrive, its gonna be ridiculously simple.
     

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