MacBook Pro Memory, How much can I really install?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AshtonBrn, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. AshtonBrn macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2012
    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

  2. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    You can install 16GB total on yours, enjoy.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    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...
  5. proximo, Aug 20, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2012

    proximo macrumors member

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

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

  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    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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