Max Ram MacBook Pro 7,1

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacSquirrel, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. MacSquirrel macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2011
    I currently have a 2010 MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo, 8Gb of Ram, 320Gb 7200 RPM Drive. Is it possible to install 16gb of ram?

  2. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005

    I have a 2010 MBP, I wish it can support 16GB, but unfortunately no, so to hell with RAM-hogged Lion...
  3. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    My 2008 could only officially support 4, but it held 8. Same story with my 2011 only holding 8, but it could hold 16 (I never upgraded it but many people have and OWC sells the kit). I've heard talk of the same thing being true for Ivy Bridge actually topping out at 32. But I don't think there are 16GB ram chips around to test with—and if there are, they would probably cost $3-4k in laptop 1600 sizes.

    If I were you I'd check out OWC and see if they have kits for it. They test everything and have all the stats. The URL is
  4. frozi macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2012
    From all the apple people I have spoken to, they say the macbook pro retina is the only macbook that can support 16 gb of ram. I know you can purchase ram online, and they say it is compatible with your laptop...So I too am wondering who is right and who is wrong??

    It looks like if we want to run 16 gb of ram, we HAVE TO go with the retina. I would have prefered to just get a normal macbook pro, and instead of putting those extra dollars to the retina display...use it to juice up a regular macbook pro, with more storage, processor speed and ram.
  5. smotania macrumors member


    Jun 14, 2012
    Boston, MA, USA
    I think the ppl with 16gb of ram on their non-retina MBPs(not all of the MBPs but the latest ones 2011 and 2012) are right. ;) There is plenty of ppl who installed 16gb of ram on their non-retina MBPs so go for it.
  6. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    The 2010 should work just fine with 16GB.
  7. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    Have a look at MacTracker (freeware). The MacBook Pro only supports 16GB of RAM from the early 2011 model (MacBookPro8,1).
  8. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    Please do not give wrong info... The only MBP that unofficially supports 16GB are from the early 2011 models.
  9. MacSquirrel thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2011
    I Really appreciate all of your feedback, Instead of looking into more RAM i chose to get a Seagate Hybrid Drive for it to get a speed boost in boot and app performance. Even though my account shows ive only been on here for a little while ive been reading the site for years.

    Again thanks for the feedback!

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