MBP hardware upgrades

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Allan in T.Dot, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Allan in T.Dot macrumors member

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    I have an older model MBP (15" C2D with 2.33 GHz processor, 2 GB 667 MHz RAM, and good ol' regular HDD) that I want to upgrade and have a few questions for y'all.

    1 - Has anyone ever put a SDD into an older model MBP and if so, are there any new cables that I need for the interface?
    2 - How much RAM can I upgrade to? I think 4 GB (2x2GB chips) will work.


    I've consulted the ifixit website but it doesn't give info on the HDD portion:

    http://www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook_Pro_15"_Core_2_Duo_Model_A1211

    Thanks!
     
  2. Allan in T.Dot thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope, the instructions are quite clear. But, is it different if I install a SSD drive instead? Are there any extra steps that are taken? Or is it exactly the same?
     
  3. applepearpp macrumors regular

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    it's virtually the same.
     
  4. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    For the hardware installation SSD is the same.

    You might be able to use 6GB (2 + 4GB) but google it to be sure using your exact model (i.e. Mac Book Pro 3,1)
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You can put in an SSD, but that model has a SATA 1.5Gbps interface which means you won't be able to get the full speed of todays fastest SSDs (1.5Gbps translates to about 190MB/s, without accounting for overhead, etc.)

    As with RAM, although you can put in 4GB of RAM, the computer will only address up to 3GB of RAM and that is a hardware limitation of the chipset.
     

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