MBP and memory question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by manticore999, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. manticore999 macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2011
    I have a late 2011 mbp 17" with 8gb memory. I just started using Parallels to run Win7 for a few apps. Evreything runs a little slower when I'm using Parallels, which I understand, but I'm wondering if

    1-is it possible to upgrade to 16gb memory and
    2-would additional memory help?

    Appreciate any advice.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, your MBP supports up to 16GB of RAM. You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
    That depends on your usual workload. To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Using Activity Monitor to read System Memory and determine how much RAM is being used
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    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012

    manticore999 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2011
    Thanks so much for the great reply. I appreciate the info. If I do decide to upgrade the memory, how hard is it to do? Forgive my ignorance, but I switched to Mac last year and don't really know much about them.
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
  5. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I have a 2011 MBP 17" and upgraded it to 16GB a while back. I don't Bootcamp, so I can't give specific information on that side of things, but I can report that it certainly improves multi-tasking and task's that are memory intensive.

    GGJ's links should help you decide, but I use Crucial for my RAM requirements. Use their online scanning tool to correctly identify the modules that you need:

  6. manticore999 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2011
    Just wanted to say thanks again for the advice. I just finished installing the new memory and everything is working just fine. Really easy, but you do need a good quality screwdriver. Those aluminum screws are easy to strip if you're not really careful!

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