Mid 2010 13" Macbook Pro 16GB RAM/Memory Upgrade

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  1. LAK3RS, Jun 14, 2013
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    LAK3RS macrumors newbie

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    I've been trying to search around and find what brands of 16GB Ram will work on my Mid 2010 (Macbook Pro 7, 1).

    So far I've found that OWC is fine, but it's priced at $149.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/8566DDR3S16P/

    I'm also looking at the Crucial 16GB, and the pricing on it is considerably cheaper, and the brand itself is pretty popular.

    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-PC3-1.../ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    I just want to make sure I'm purchasing the proper 16GB Memory for my set up. If I have to go with OWC, that's fine, but if I can save a few bucks while still getting the same product - I'm all game.
     
  2. duervo, Jun 14, 2013
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    Crucial is fine. Their return policy is fairly decent in case it doesn't work.

    I tried Crucial in mine (Mid-2012 15") but they sent me a DOA kit, which I returned. Rather than dealing with the hassle of risking additional shipping costs with a second DOA kit, I went to a local computer store and bought a Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) kit - CMSX16GX3M2A1600C10.

    It's been working fine so far with 6 months and counting. Problem is, it's now about $60 more expensive than when I bought it ... ouch!

    btw, your Amazon link comes up as a Corsair kit, not Crucial.
     
  3. LAK3RS thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Gotcha. I fixed the link, thanks.

    I also found this one. Are both of these identical? The part numbers are different though...

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...tiveASIN=B008LTBJK2&linkCode=as2&tag=su0ab-20
     
  4. duervo macrumors 68000

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    One is certified by Crucial to run on Macs, while the other is not. While you can probably run either on your system, if you run into problems and you're not running the one that's Mac certified from them, Crucial Support will tell you that you'd have to use the certified part.

    For an extra 2 bucks, I would just get the one that's Mac certified.
     
  5. DMH3006 macrumors regular

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    Would the 1333Mhz work on my 1066Mhz RAM slot mac?
    They should default to the slower speed right?
     
  6. LAK3RS thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Makes perfect sense. Gosh darn two more dollars! Ha.

    I believe so. OWC is the only company to state that they make 16GB memory sticks that are compatible with the Mid 2010 13" (Macbook Pro 7, 1) 2.4Ghz.

    I'm just trying to save a couple bucks by picking up the same thing under a different name, but I did just realize that the one's I linked are 1333Mhz...so I'm not exactly sure. I may just give in and get the dang OWC one. Lol.
     
  7. narimans macrumors newbie

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    Hey LAK3RS,
    Any updates on your upgrades? Did you buy the OWC or other RAM from amazon? Also did you upgrade your OS to Lion or higher? any issues on the battery life?
     
  8. LAK3RS thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I purchased the 16GB OWC RAM, and also snagged a new Samsung SSD as well. I haven't had time to install them, but am off work tomorrow so I'll probably do it then. I've had Lion for quite sometime, and will update the thread once I get a day or so of use with the new hardware.
     
  9. stephen1108 macrumors 65816

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    I thought the 13" 2010 MBPro only supports a maximum RAM of 8GB.....
     
  10. 53kyle macrumors 65816

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    Nope :) technically it can support 16 gb but the specific memory for it is more expensive than newer ones
     
  11. stephen1108 macrumors 65816

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    Oh I didn't know that!!! I wish I did when I upgraded my same model to 8GB!! :D
     
  12. 53kyle macrumors 65816

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    It isn't the 1333 MHz that is the problem, the type of memory is. The MacBook Pro 2010 uses PC3-8500 memory, which the owc one is, but the crucial stuff is PC3-10600 which has a different pin layout. While the PIN number is the same, the gap near the middle is in a different spot and won't physically fit in a 2010 Mac.

    These MIGHT work but the only person who reviewed them on Amazon said that it didn't but that might be because they have a pre-2010 mac:

    http://www.amazon.com/Memory-1066MH...TF8&qid=1372663416&sr=1-9&keywords=16+gb+8500

    Proof that it should work on 2010 but not pre-2010, scroll down lots:

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_capability/actual-maximum-ram-capacity-of-macs.html

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    The memory that I put in my last post is relatively recent, it might not have existed when you upgraded :(
     
  13. stephen1108 macrumors 65816

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    I put the memory in my MacBook not even two months ago lmao :(
     
  14. caprica21 macrumors member

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    I was looking for review of OWC 16 GB for my 13" Macbook Pro mid-2010 and found this thread.
    Did you installed OWC RAM? How is it working? Appreciate your feedback before I order mine :)

    Thanks!
     

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