Mid-2010 15" MBP + 16gb RAM... Possible? Worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by slimbek, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. slimbek macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    I have a mid-2010 15" MBP i7 with 4gb RAM and it's really starting to struggle with daily use.

    I do a lot of design work so often have CS5 open, I enjoy tweaking my photos on Aperture, ripping DVDs with Handbrake, and often have iTunes streaming to the Apple TV etc. etc.
    It gets a lot of use, so I'm thinking of the RAM upgrade and I've noticed a lot of new posts on the internets about people now achieving 16gb RAM in the 2010's.

    Will that RAM boost fix the slowdowns?
    Is it more hard drive issues with the software I'm running?
    Does it just need an iDefrag and a proper clean out?

    Would love to hear all your thoughts...
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you're having performance issues, this may help:
    All 2010 MBPs support a maximum of 8GB of RAM, except the 13" Core 2 Duo models. You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
    To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Using Activity Monitor to read System Memory and determine how much RAM is being used
    With very few exceptions, you don't need to defrag on Mac OS X, except possibly when partitioning a drive.

    About disk optimization with Mac OS X
    Read the first link in this post for performance tips.
  3. JacaByte macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
    The maximum amount of RAM you can put in a 15" 2010 MBP is 8 GB.
  4. slimbek thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yeah I see now that the 13" MBPs can handle the 16gb unofficially but not the 15"/17". Shame.

    Any suggestions on RAM sellers in Australia? My brother bought from RAM City.
    This One. And it seems to be working fine.

    For $80 you can hardly complain really.

    After that and another design job or two and I might go the SSD upgrade too.
  5. makaveli559m macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2012
    You have 4GB how come you dont just upgrade it to 8GB of RAM?
  6. mb335 macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2010

    I have the same configuration.

    I maxed out memory to 8GB and replaced the hard drive with a 512 GB Samsung 840 SSD.

    I have to say it's a fast machine now.
  7. slimbek thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    That's good to hear!
    Can I ask where you purchased the SSD and RAM?

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