Resolved MBP 17 2011 Memory upgrade

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  1. jsk108 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I'm having some difficulties of defining which RAM memories are compatible exactly with my MBP 17 2011 early, which is running currently on 2x4GB 1333Ghz DDR3 RAM memory and I want to upgrade it to 2x8 1600Ghz DDR3(l)? I live in Europe and purchasing RAM memories from US will be too pricey, so does someone knows which memory will be compatible and where can I buy it from Europe reseller? Any clues if you have already upgraded such memory for this model of MBP 17 will be great?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Any modules of 204-pin DDR3 RAM up to 1600MHz and 8 GB per module (for a total of 16 GB) will work.
    Amazon's a good option for a seller.
     
  3. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    1333MHz or 1600MHz will work fine. I highly recommend Crucial or OWC for RAM.
     
  4. jsk108 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I noticed OWC has DDR3l (low voltage) as well is the DDR3l is also compatible? When you mention Amazon, maybe you refer to US one, which i dont want. Anything with US is not a bargain. When i pay the product, the vat and the shipment the total be too expensive for 16GB RAM. But i might be wrong ;)

    Also is the timing (latency) of the RAMmatters as well? I heard different opinions which is compatible and which not. I am not proficient with RAMs so far. I got confused due this fact
     
  5. JTToft, Jan 22, 2016
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    JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Yes, DDR3L is compatible. It can run both in low-voltage mode and the normal voltage required by 2011 machines.

    - Just use an European Amazon. UK, German, French, whatever. Or use whatever electronics shop you're familiar with.
    Here's an example of a compatible kit.

    - All will work. Some are slightly faster than others.

    Some prefer using Crucial's compatibility check to be on the safe side. I think it's unnecessary, but whatever floats your boat.
     
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  7. jsk108 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well noone in EU will buy in british pounds except britains themselves. Its the most expensive currency in EU. I actually might be able to get RAM from a local seller, just was not quite sure what the match criteria was. So in my conclusion should be DDR3/SODIMM and can be run on Low voltage with 1333 or 1600 Mgh. The timing as original 9-9-9 and later 10 & 11 will be compatible as well. Am I right?

    PS: Actually i checked the shipping of the UK link you had sent me and turned out to be cheaper than the US one! Huh how come :$
     
  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - I do that quite often, actually. :)

    - Right on all counts.
     
  9. jsk108 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    See, i was a bit prejudiced about british currency and now it playd a good trick on me :)

    Omg. You actually solved my problem. Most probably I am going to purchase the kit you have recommended. The reviews was pretty optimistic too :)
     
  10. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Well, I wish you luck. You should get a few good years out of that machine yet.
     
  11. jsk108 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sounded like a real good wish. Thanks, JTToft!
     
  12. jsk108 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I bought the Crucial 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3L 1600 SODIMM memory and worked very well! My macbook pro is like a new one and is flying !
     

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