MacBook pro 2011 hold me over?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by twinsity, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. twinsity macrumors member

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    Hey just curious I have a early 2008 MacBook Pro that's starting to go I think its been shutting off by itself not all the way prepared to upgrade to what I want just yet ... Lined up a 2011 13" i5 MacBook pro for 325 if I max out the ram would this hold me over for a bit??? Music production and basic stuff?
     
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  3. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

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    Anybody no for sure if it's max ram is 16gb? I haven't had a chance to do much research yet but for 325 I might just grab when I upgrade I can have a extra laptop in the house for kids and what not ..
     
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - It is. The 2011 models will all take a max of 16 GB 1600MHz RAM.
     
  5. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    Max out the RAM to 16gb and install an SSD and you'll have a machine that rivals a modern MacBook pro in performance.
     
  6. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

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    Even with the i5 ? Wonder if my dualhead2 go will work as well for extra screens like my 2008
     
  7. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    Even with the i5. The 2.3ghz i5 in that machine benchmarks around 5000, which puts it around 20% slower than the 2015 models on pure processor performance alone, but they have higher clock speeds. You can pick up a 500GB SSD for under $200 these days, and that combination would get you a machine that is very quick and should serve you well for a few years.
     
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  9. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Yep, I have no real complaints with my 2011 13" 2.3GHz - swapping out the factory HDD for an SSD made a really big difference (about 500MB/s in both directions on a Samsung 840 EVO 256GB). Its trackpad is starting to give out and it needs a new battery, but it's otherwise a very capable machine.

    I did end up getting an 13" rMBP recently though because I was due for a tech upgrade at work.
     
  10. NOT-A-FANBOY macrumors newbie

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    Well that is not true. You can't expect that from a 4 year old machine.
    At least the early 2011 MBP got hot and loud just watching a youtube video.

    It's a good machine but don't fool yourself into thinking it rivals the best mobile CPUs on the market right now.
     
  11. simonsi macrumors 601

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    See my sig, just replaced the 120GB SSD with a 512GB, alongside the 1TB HDD and 16GB RAM makes a cool spec IMHO
     
  12. JamietheMac macrumors member

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    My 2011 is running 16gb 1600 ram and a Crucial 960 SSD

    Extremely fast and very happy with it.
     

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