MacBook Pro Memory, How much can I really install?

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

  1. AshtonBrn macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  2. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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

    GGJstudios

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

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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...
     
  5. proximo, Aug 20, 2012
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    proximo macrumors member

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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


     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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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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