MBP hardware upgrades

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

  1. Allan in T.Dot macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    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:


  2. Allan in T.Dot thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    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

    Oct 19, 2010
    it's virtually the same.
  4. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    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


    Feb 9, 2008
    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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