Macbook Pro Ram Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bryan47, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Bryan47 macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2012
    I just purchased a mid 2010 Macbook Pro 15 inch.
    Here are the specs: 2.66 GHz i7, 500GB HD, 4GB ram

    I want to upgrade the RAM to 8GB and just have a question.
    Mac Tracker says this about the Memory Slot:
    2 - 204-pin PC3-8500 (1066MHz) DDR SO-DIMM

    This is the ram I want and it fits all the criteria and is only $50:
    Kingston Hyper X Ram from New Egg

    However on Kingston's website if I do system specific memory they recommend this:
    Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1066 Memory for Apple Model KTA-MB1066K2/8G

    My question is which one of these should I get? Does it matter? I would prefer the Hyper X with the heat dissipation. I would greatly appreciate your help.
    :)Thank you:)
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  2. Bryan47 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2012
    Thanks for the fast response! Is one better than the other?
  3. Bryan47 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2012
    The Kingston Hyper X I want is DDR3 1600 MHz

    The slot is a DDR3 1066 MHz

    Someone said it might not boot with the faster ram? Is this true?

    Thanks again
  4. wytwolf macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2012
    I have seen some posts that if it requires 1066 then 1600mhz will not post. I picked 8GB up at Futureshop (best buy's canadian cousin) for the same price. It was crucial so good brand name and didn't have to wait for shipping. I too was looking at 1600mhz on line but didn't want to take the chance. The issue with 1600mhz ram is the latency is different and sometime the voltage compared to what my 2011 MBP supports. I have seen people say 1333mhz work in 2010 but YMMV.

    Even if it doe work it will still only work at 1066 as that is what you MBP's ram controller operates at.

    Also heat dissipation only really helps if your over clocking, something I used to do in my windows days via the BIOS. Mac's don't have a bios and i haven't even tired. Plus MBP don't have alot of room inside too fool around with over clocking.


    Also if you want fast boot times save up for an SSD
  5. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    The faster RAM should work, but it may not work at its full speed.

    I'm running 2x4GB DDR3 1333MHz memory in my mid-2009 MBP, and it works fine. It actually runs at 1333MHz instead of the stock 1067MHz. I noticed that it is slightly faster in benchmarks, and I even noticed a minor FPS increase in Diablo 3.

    I went with Corsair, I've had trouble with Kingston in my Macs in the past. But, YMMV.

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