PC3 8500 ram in '07 17" 2.4ghz macbook pro core2duo?

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  1. mikentosh2003 macrumors newbie

    mikentosh2003

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    Would a PC3 8500 ram card work in my mid 2007 17" 2.4ghz macbook pro core2duo?

    I realize apple specs call for pc2 5300 on the apple site but I'm hoping the pc3 8500 might operate anyways...maybe just not 'officially' to apples specs at the time. I've read that you can get a couple extra gigs of ram to work in various macs....over what apple officially states.
    I think my model mbp officially can handle 4gigs of ram, but you can get 6gigs to work with a 4g and a 2g card.

    Thanks for any info you might have for me!
     
  2. robvas macrumors 68020

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    No, the old MacBook Pro took DDR2 you can't put DDR3 into it. Won't even physically fit.

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  3. mikentosh2003 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bummer. I'm a 'glass is half empty' type person for the most part, so I was guessing it would be one thing or another messing up my half-priced ram upgrade hopes! :)
    But it didn't dawn on me that it wouldn't physically fit. I just assumed it would be something with the chips, speed, voltage or some detail too far out in the weeds for me to know learn or figure out. That was a good idea to get a pic of each and have a look at 'em. I just read a bunch of specs I know Nothing about.

    I've seen 4gig ram cards specifically listed to work in my '07 macbook pro3,1 for $108. Too much to spend on this old thing. I've seen other 4gig cards going for $30 or $40...reasonable prices in my book. That's the way it goes!


    Thanks for the answer and effort to get the pics to compare.

    thanks
    -Mike
     
  4. TonyK macrumors 6502a

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    Even if the card had fit there would be concerns about voltages between DDR2 and DDR3. That is why the chips are different and can't be used interchangeably.

    But at Christmas I upgraded a late 2007 MBP (17") and the memory is not overly expensive to get it to 6GB of memory. What does that mean for you? That I have a matched pair of 2GB chips laying about. How much memory do you currently have? The 2007 MBP can only use 6GB.
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    The '07 will take up to 6GB only, with 1x2GB and 1X4GB, just FYI.

    The upgrade should cost right around $40. I don't know where you've been shopping but your $108 is outrageous.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007609 600006176&IsNodeId=1&page=1&bop=And&SrchInDesc=PC2 5300&PageSize=30

    Remember, RAM is RAM, there is no such thing as "For Mac" RAM. It's all marketing to get you to cough up more money if you don't know any better.
     
  6. TonyK macrumors 6502a

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    The $124 is from OWC which is where I purchased my 6GB of memory in December. I could have gone with their $108 for just a 4GB stick but decided to get a pair for peace of mind and warranty concerns.

    Not sure about the $40 claim as selecting 4GB (1x and not 2x2GB) shows a price of about $90.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...tm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-Skimlinks

    Now the $40 is right for 2x2GB but that won't get the system to 6GB. Selecting a 2GB and a 4GB from NewEgg looks to be about

    Using Crucial as my test bed the 2GB stick is $24.99 and the 4GB stick is $114.99 or $139.98. MacSales (aka OWC) has the same combo for $124.

    Now maybe G-Skill is the same quality as Crucial so the 2GB is $20.99 and the 4GB is $89.99 for a total of $110.98. Not that far off from OWC's prices.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...tm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-Skimlinks
     
  7. mikentosh2003 thread starter macrumors newbie

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