MBP late 2011 - RAM 8GB or 10GB ?

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  1. Jambalaya macrumors 6502a

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    My gf's late 2011 MBP 2.4GHz i5 13" non retina has original 4GB RAM and I was looking to upgrade to 8GB but I noticed at online store that Corsair 2x4GB kit was more expensive (€78) than a single 8GB stick (€60) - so why would I not go with replacing one stick for 10GB (original 2 + 8). I know the thoughts about matched pairs running better but many users here report no issues with un-matched pairs. I believe this MBP can handle upto 16GB RAM and is non-soldered. Machine is running Mavericks.

    I've done some searching but didn't find anything, apologies if this is a duplicate thread. I've put Corsair RAM into my Mini so happy with that brand.
     
  2. rapicell macrumors regular

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    Yea the 2011 MBPs can use up to 16gb of ram, but unless you're doing some heavy work, just going to 8 or 10 in your case, would probably suit your gf's needs. While matched pairs are preferred, I doubt you'd notice the difference too much.
     
  3. Jambalaya thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, yes it seems I spend a little less but have more RAM afterwards. Her usage is basic web/email/plus Office for Mac so 16 is overkill. To be honest I'm a bit surprised by how much beach balling she gets.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Even with 16GB of RAM, my 2011 MBP constantly kept beach balling until I threw out the HDD and replaced it with a 512GB Samsung 840 Pro.

    Now it absolutely flies.
     
  5. exizeo macrumors regular

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    Can they? On apple's website, the 2011 13's can only do 8gb.
     
  6. Dustman macrumors 65816

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    In the real world though, they can have 16. Apple's been doing that since the dawn of time.
     
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Apple's website only provides a conservative figure.

    The chipset can support 16GB of RAM, no sweat.
     
  8. Jambalaya thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, I had an Evo 500 SSD in the shopping basket too but decided to try just the RAM first as I need to check with the gf is she wants 500ssd and keep the optical or 256ssd put the HDD into the optical bay and make the optical external - the price of the 500ssd was enough to make me stop and think ! If the RAM alone doesn't sharpen things up I'll change the HDD for an SSD of some description.

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    I had exactly same question with my 2009 Mini, Apple site says 4gb max but the good people of MacRumours assured me 8 was possible and that upgrade worked fine.
     

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