Max Ram on a late 2007 macbook

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  1. fanfzero macrumors member

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    All I can find is outdated info, so, now that we can run unsupported systems (Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan) on old macbooks, what is the max ram I can put to my MacBook 3,1 (Late 2007, 64 bit, running El Capitan)? (And what's the reccomended max memory for the best performance?)
     
  2. windowpain macrumors 6502a

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    I believe the official maximum is 4gb, but it is possible to run it with 6gb. (2gb + 4gb)
    My memory is a little hazy as I haven't used mine for a long time.

    Edit, I think the main bottle neck in that MacBook would be the hdd. If you can get a ssd in there it will make the world of difference. I think the interface is a little limited, so it may not be worth putting a top end ssd in there. Either way it should be a very usable machine.
     
  3. fanfzero thread starter macrumors member

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    That's it, I already have an ssd (huge difference) and 4 GB of ram, so I wanted to know if it would work a bit better with 6/8GB (I've heard 8GB gives some troubles)
    So the thing is, 4GB vs 6GB vs 8GB
     
  4. miamialley macrumors 68030

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  5. fanfzero thread starter macrumors member

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    Because it's the only mac I have abd for what I use it is enough
     
  6. windowpain macrumors 6502a

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    I know they are going on for ten years old, but they aren't actually that bad.
    Mine had a few new batteries, but if it wasn't the performance that made me replace it but the weight.
    I moved on to a 2010 base MacBook Air, but the two performed very similarly (once I had a ssd in the MacBook.)
    There is a surprising amount of life left in them. ( I am still using the air too, although it has mostly been replaced by an iPad)
     
  7. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Mid 2007 MacBook 2,1 max RAM is 4GB

    Late 2007 MacBook 3,1 max RAM is 6GB
     
  8. fanfzero thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, any reccomendation in what 4GB module (for putting it with the 2GB module) should I buy?
    It's not a bad mac actually, I basically use it for college, but I had a Core2Duo on my Desktop PC (Windows) until 2014 and, except for gaming, it was nice.
     
  9. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I have always had good experiences with Crucial RAM. Lifetime warranty and always compatible.
     

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