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MacBook Pro Memory, How much can I really install?

AshtonBrn

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I've got a Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.3GHz quad-core Intel i7 ordered an on the way (Originally released February 2011). I want to upgrade the memory to max it out. I seem to be a little confused on how much it will actually take. Apple seems to say it take a maximum of 8 gigs but other sources seem to say it will take a max if 16 gigs.

Any advice would help on what ram I should buy to max out my notebook.

I plan to run lots of memory intensive Adobe applications and Parallels with Windows 7 as well. I was hoping to buy the memory from Newegg.com.

Thanks.
 

Interstella5555

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Jun 30, 2008
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I've got a Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.3GHz quad-core Intel i7 ordered an on the way (Originally released February 2011). I want to upgrade the memory to max it out. I seem to be a little confused on how much it will actually take. Apple seems to say it take a maximum of 8 gigs but other sources seem to say it will take a max if 16 gigs.

Any advice would help on what ram I should buy to max out my notebook.

I plan to run lots of memory intensive Adobe applications and Parallels with Windows 7 as well. I was hoping to buy the memory from Newegg.com.

Thanks.

You can install 16GB total on yours, enjoy.
 
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GGJstudios

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You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
 
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JTToft

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Your MacBook Pro (same as mine aside from CPU clock) will take up to 16 GB RAM. Mine has 10 GB installed right now. Apple's claim of 8 GB maximum is absolute nonsense...
 
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proximo

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Aug 28, 2011
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On paper, your processor supports 32GB of memory:

http://ark.intel.com/products/52227/Intel-Core-i7-2820QM-Processor-(8M-Cache-up-to-3_40-GHz)

but 16GB is the max that's available today and works fine. This is what I'm using in my 2011 MBP:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231531


I've got a Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.3GHz quad-core Intel i7 ordered an on the way (Originally released February 2011). I want to upgrade the memory to max it out. I seem to be a little confused on how much it will actually take. Apple seems to say it take a maximum of 8 gigs but other sources seem to say it will take a max if 16 gigs.

Any advice would help on what ram I should buy to max out my notebook.

I plan to run lots of memory intensive Adobe applications and Parallels with Windows 7 as well. I was hoping to buy the memory from Newegg.com.

Thanks.
 
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alphaod

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You can install up to 32GB, but since there are no 16GB DIMMs available, you're best bet is 16GB. You can also use 1600MHz chips if you wish.
 
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