Memory upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BlueGoldAce, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    Hello everyone,

    I purchased a MacBook pro 15 in yesterday...everything upgraded to best apple offers except the ram, which is only 4 gb. What is the best/maximum upgrade I can put into this laptop? What would you recommend for best performance at a decent price?

    Also, how is the stock memory configured? Other wards how is it installed? Is there a empty space for memory, or is all the slots filled?

    Thanks, I appreciate the help.
     
  2. Wattser93 macrumors regular

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    Stock is 2x2GB sticks. Both slots full.

    Newegg will have 8GB of RAM for under $50. Order some up and install, easy as that.
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You can put up to 16GB in it, but that's still pretty expensive. Most people wouldn't find 16GB useful, and not knowing what you do, 8GB might not even benefit you that much. But if you do want to upgrade, just grab 8GB (two 4GB modules), which is pretty cheap.

    It's installed 2x2GB from the factory, and there are only two slots.
     
  4. torid110 macrumors regular

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    16GB is the max that it will take (2 x 8GB sodimms ). I believe that it's around 600 bucks for that kit. I picked up a crucial 8GB kit ( 2 x 4GB sodimms) for 50 bucks on amazon. Well worth the upgrade IMHO as everything feels "snappier".
     
  5. Spadoinkles macrumors regular

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    Hey there. Head into activity monitor and get the values of your pagein and pageout. Assuming you're currently doing what you normally do on your Mac, it'll give us the best indication of which upgrade would best suit your needs.

    It'll be clearer if you've rebooted relatively recently too.

    And of course. What do you do with your mac?
     
  6. BlueGoldAce thread starter macrumors 68000

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    New Egg has this one on sell.

    Would this be a good option?

    I am a pHD student in neuroscience, and I do a lot of image overlay and editing of microscopic images.

    Thanks
     
  7. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

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    yep, grab it
     
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    16GB max but I recommend 8GB unless you do real hardcore gaming or like heavy applications.
     
  9. BlueGoldAce thread starter macrumors 68000

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    For the link I posted above. The memory is compatible with a mac book pro right? For example, the pin count is 240, while the native memory in the mac book pin count is 204. A few other things differ.

    Sorry, I am not super knowledgable in this area.

    Newegg also has this, which is a well known brand. Will this and the corsair brand work? Which is better?


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-102711-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20145315-L03B

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...C-102711-Index-_-LaptopMemory-_-20139482-L03D


    Thanks again
     
  10. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    get these

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145281
     
  11. BlueGoldAce thread starter macrumors 68000

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  13. bls8195 macrumors newbie

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    I am going to head to Best Buy after work and see what is up if I can find me something, or is there a better place? Radio Shack?
     
  14. torid110 macrumors regular

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    Typically it's cheaper when you buy it online. I bought an 8GB kit of crucial RAM from Amazon for 50 bucks, which with overnight shipping will probably still be cheaper than getting it from Best Buy or Radio Shack.
     
  15. Furgster macrumors 6502

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    Late 2008 Macbook Pro Memory Upgrade

    Hey everyone, I didn't want to start a new thread after I saw this one and was looking for a little help.

    I have a late 2008 macbook pro with 2GB of ram. Im looking to upgrade to the max (4GB), judging on some of the recommendations above I found the following:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-145-282&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

    I think it will work but just wanted to make sure before I purchased it. The following page on Apple's website explains the specs for the installed memory.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1270#link5

    The only difference I can see is that the installed memory is at 1066 MHz and I think the corsair is at 1333 Mhz. Thanks for the help! :D
     
  16. torid110 macrumors regular

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    Not sure if that will work, it may, but why chance it :) . I think this is a better fit:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148192

    (you'll need to order 2 since it's a single SODIMM)
     
  17. bls8195 macrumors newbie

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