Max RAM a hardware limitation on mid-2010?

BAC5.2

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Everywhere says "max 8GB" of RAM in the 2010 MBP, but is this a hardware limitation or software limitation?

I've got a mid-2010 2.8GHz 15" MBP. OWC and all other references say 8GB max (which is what I have).

Is that a limitation of the motherboard, or something else?

I routinely max out 8GB, so I'd definitely like to go with more if possible.
 

BAC5.2

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Bummer. No workaround then. Thanks for the info!

Oh well.
 

dusk007

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There is no such thing as a software limitation once you have 64bit OS.
Not a practical one at least.

If it doesn't support it is always due to the chipset or logicboard, which means there is nothing to do about it.
 

Mr. Retrofire

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That was very helpful. I've got the i7-M640, so 8GB is the overall limitation. Oh well.

Now, if there were a way to swap the processor out....

which I doubt.
As they are soldered onto the logic board, there is no way.
You can always sell your current MBP and look for a used or refurbished 2011 MBP.
 

BAC5.2

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As they are soldered onto the logic board, there is no way.
You can always sell your current MBP and look for a used or refurbished 2011 MBP.
Nah, too much hassle.

I don't know what my current computer is worth, but I bet it's not going to be worth the same amount as a refurb 2011.
 
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