Memory Size/Speed Debacle - 2010 17"

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  1. Gizmo22 macrumors regular

    Gizmo22

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    After someone backed out on my previous arrangement to pick up a 2011 15" for my 2012 13", I may have tracked down a 2010 17".

    My primary need is the screen real estate. A Retina just isn't a wise purchase for me right now, and the extra heft isn't a big deal for moving things around. I also do not really need much horsepower as this is primarily a Excel/PDF/Word research and document based machine. That said, 1920x1200 to open multiple documents side by side would be great.

    My concern is that I currently have 2x8GB sticks of 1333 mhz memory in my 2012.

    The 2010 is only "rated" for 8GB at 1066, but I have had mixed experiences in the past. With some previous systems, I have used 1333 and 1600 mhz DDR3 in machines only supporting 1066, and it just downclocked automatically. Other times I have been riddled with kernel panics to the point of it being nearly unusable [without saving documents and spreadsheets every 10-15 minutes].

    The other concern is size. I have read of it being unofficially supported (16GB) in the 2010 models, but for every person I read that says it works fine, I find another that says "nope, no dice."


    Can anyone verify 100% whether 2x8GB sticks of 1333mhz memory would function in a 2.53ghz 2010 17" cMBP?

    Thanks!
     
  2. robvas, Jan 31, 2013
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    robvas macrumors 68020

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    They worked in my 08 unibody MacBook (not the Pro)....

    Edit: 1333MHz that is
     
  3. Gizmo22 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Could you flesh your post out a bit? What 2008 do you have? What memory? The chipset is everything in this case.
     
  4. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Also, it appears that only the 13" 2010 will take 16GB, the 15" and 17" models are limited at 8GB
     

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