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

LAK3RS

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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.
 
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duervo

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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.
 
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LAK3RS

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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.

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
 
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duervo

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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.
 
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DMH3006

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Would the 1333Mhz work on my 1066Mhz RAM slot mac?
They should default to the slower speed right?
 
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LAK3RS

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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.

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

Would the 1333Mhz work on my 1066Mhz RAM slot mac?
They should default to the slower speed right?

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.
 
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narimans

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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.

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?
 
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LAK3RS

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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?

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.
 
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53kyle

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Would the 1333Mhz work on my 1066Mhz RAM slot mac?
They should default to the slower speed right?

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.

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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Oh I didn't know that!!! I wish I did when I upgraded my same model to 8GB!! :D

The memory that I put in my last post is relatively recent, it might not have existed when you upgraded :(
 
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caprica21

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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.

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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