Memory for late 2008? whats the best?

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  1. cscott0202 macrumors newbie

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    Hi to all,

    I have a late 2008 Macbook Pro (one of the first unibody released versions) and it is desperately struggling.

    I work with music, media, video editing etc but seem to be asking for more than i am bargaining for.

    I run: Logic Studio, Photoshop, Dreamweaver (along with background apps such as mail, i tunes, safari). Obviously the main media apps I try to run by themselves but still seem to have memory problems. I am always encountering overload problems with playback on Logic.
    I am looking to run boot camp too for Flash cs4/5.

    The laptop currently has 2 x 1gb memory.

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR3
    Speed: 1067 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0x80AD
    Part Number: 0x484D54313132533641465236432D47372020


    Do i upgrade to 2x2gb or to a 6gb/8gb. I have been told this laptop doesnt take more than 4gb.

    Apple have quotes £166 for 2 x 2gb.

    Would love to hear your advice??

    Regards,
    Chris
     
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  3. declandio macrumors 6502

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  4. cscott0202 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks


    Cheers bud,

    Some people have suggested to me that up to 8gb might work. What do you think? If 6gb was the maximum, do you think its good to go for the unmatched 2gb + 4gb or stick with a matched 2gb+2gb?
    Cheers
     
  5. cscott0202 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    crucial scan - 2x2gb

    Cheers for the reply,

    Ace, thats the answer I needed, but some people are saying its definitely max of 6gb?
    I've used the crucial.com scan and it recommends max of 2x2gb? What do you think?
     
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    I have heard that 8GB may work but it hasn't worked for everyone. IIRC there was a firmware update that might have enabled 8GB. You could try 8GB and if it does not work, just return the RAM and get 6GB.
     
  7. declandio macrumors 6502

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    I know what you mean- 8gb (or even 6) isn't officially supported hence the scan results you get, but it works. I was also a little unsure, the more you read on the internet the more confusing it can get! I'm pretty sure that since 10.6 came out, this model will take 8gb (but still 'unofficially' for some reason). When it was originally released, the unofficial limit was 6gb. There's a huge thread on it here somewhere.

    I'd go for the 8gb kit I put a link to, from crucial.co.uk. That's what I installed last week... it's a great price and money well spent. If you install it and have problems, you have 7 days from the date of delivery to return it.

    Assuming yours is the same as mine, except for the processor speed, you should be fine!
     

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  8. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    I have 2.4 late 2008, MacbookPro 5,1.

    I currently have 2x2GB Mushkin, I tried 2x4GB Mushkin last month and it refused to boot, so I had to return it.

    I've read from multiple users on this forum that Crucial 2x4GB is working on these machines, but I've yet to confirm, I'm still actively looking for a store that sells this Ram, and has a good return policy in case it doesn't work.
     
  9. declandio macrumors 6502

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    Are you in the US? Try www.crucial.com

    Looks like the actual chips are made by Micron, if that helps- www.micron.com
     
  10. declandio macrumors 6502

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    Mine's a late '08 2.8 MBP 5,1 and works with 2x4gb from Crucial.
     
  11. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    This thread reminded me how desperately I need more Ram. I just pulled the trigger on the crucial 8gb kit on newegg, I'll post an update for your info once I install it.

    I suppose I can stick it into my mother's Vaio Z if the MBP rejects it, she doesn't know how to close Firefox tabs, even after repeatedly explaining it to her.
     
  12. cscott0202 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks

    thanks guys for all your help.

    No doubt I shall be trying out 2x4gb kit.
    I'll let you know how it goes.

    RkPro - Can you let me know how you get on with it>>?

    Also I may wait for new Osx - anyone got idea on when Lion will be released?

    Cheers
     
  13. RKpro, Feb 9, 2011
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    I just got mine delivered. Not even 48 hours after I ordered, wow.

    I must say I was half expecting it to not work, given my experience with the Mushkin 8gb kit.

    But Crucial works! I've had it up for about an hour now, working with 2 VMs and photoshop, and there is no slowdown at all.

    It's not guaranteed to work because both Apple and Crucial say the max is 4GB for late 2008 machines, but I can confirm that this specific model is working for me:

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    on

    15" MacBook Pro 5, 1 (late 2008)
    2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo
    10.6.6
    firmware details below:

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    Can you link to the kit you purchased?
     
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  19. POX macrumors member

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    I just bought this kit from crucial.uk, the RAM´s brand is Hynix and is blue colored.

    My MBP model is 5,1 2.4GHz and until now everything is working fine.
     
  20. SilverWings, Feb 14, 2011
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    I'm running with 8GB (yes, you read it correctly... that is eight gigabytes!) in my Macbook Pro unibody 2.53Ghz (late 2008)(MB471LL/A). It's running smooth and stable and successfully tested with Rember.
    This is what I have inside: G.Skill 8GB FA-8500CL7D-8GBSQ.
     
  21. POX macrumors member

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    I´m using 8GB RAM for two weeks now.

    I have been testing the memory to the limit: a lot of images on PS, 5 archicad windows, 2 ID document, Parallels, etc.

    It´s rock stable.
     
  22. Mattness macrumors newbie

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    I've tested 8GB's of Corsair CMS08GX3M2A1333C9 and 8GB's of Crucial CT51264BC1339. I ended up sticking with the Crucial memory because I ended up getting it for $35 cheaper than the Corsair memory. Both worked great and I would not hesitate buying either again.

    They both are 1333MHz memory and I've had no issues running this faster memory on the late 2008 Macbook's and Macbook Pro's.

    Get 8GB and be happy with it.

    Matt
     
  23. kylerz macrumors newbie

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    MacBook 5,1 2 ghz

    I desperately need to upgrade my ram, what are my options ad can you give me any links? thanks!


    Memory Slots:

    ECC: Disabled

    BANK 0/DIMM0:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR3
    Speed: 1067 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0x80AD
    Part Number: 0x484D54313132533641465236432D47372020
    Serial Number:

    BANK 0/DIMM1:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR3
    Speed: 1067 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0x80AD
    Part Number: 0x484D54313132533641465236432D47372020
    Serial Number:
     
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