Purchasing 4GB RAM from Apple OR upgrading yourself?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tamasi, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. Tamasi macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2010
    What would you guys suggest to do? I guess this is a pretty comon issue to those purchasing a new MBP? I'm not very computersavvy when it comes to RAM though..

    My question is threefold;

    1) Paying 360 euro's to Apple to upgrade from 4gb to 8gb seems really expensive.. Is it cheaper and most importantly "better" to "do-it-yourself"? (I don't prefer a cheaper option if that implies getting less!)
    If so, where/how would you suggest to purchase it myself?

    2) MBPs standardly come with 2x2gb (i.e. 4gb in total) of RAM. If you want to upgrade this to 8gb yourself, do you have to purchase 2 times 4gb, or does 1 time 4 gb suffice? (in other words, can you put 2 times 2gb PLUS 1 time 4gb in one MacBook Pro?? Or can you only fit a maximum of two modules (i.e. 2x4gb) in there??)

    3) Finally, could I just take a 4gb RAM module out of my old (Windows)notebook and put it in a MacBook Pro? Or are there some requirements as to what RAM modules you can put in a MBP?
  2. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It's generally cheaper to buy it yourself, but I don't know what the equivalent of newegg is in Europe.

    There are only two slots, so you need to buy 2x4GB if you want 8 GB.

    Probably not, but I don't know what kind of RAM is in your Windows machine.
  4. rychencop macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2007
  5. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    Never ever ever ever ever ever buy it from Apple. Their RAM upgrade price is criminal. 8GB of RAM can be had currently for less than $100 US.
  6. AdamRock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010
    i agree with the guy above. always buy the upgrades outside of apple just buy the stuff you cant upgrade like cpu, screen size at apple :p
  7. Tamasi thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2010
    Hey guys, thanks for your swift replies.

    Any suggestions as to what RAM to get and where? (again, I prefer quality/performance over a cheap price)

    When I open up my old machine it reads "1.5v DDR3 rev" and "foxconn". It's a Sony vaio VGN-Z590 from 2008 with two 4gb RAM modules. Yet, unfortunately the motherbord died so I can't turn it on to try and look under system hardware or something to see what kind of RAM it exactly is..

    Do you think these two 4gb RAM modules would work in a MBP? Would trying be dangerous? And also, are there RAM modules out there that would perform better than these "1.5v DDR3" things?

    Thanks a lot in advance for your insights!
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    We'd need a little more info on the ram to tell you if it's the correct type. But if you just stick it in and try it you'll know for sure.

    If it fits and the computer boots up and acts fine, you have the correct RAM. If it boots but acts wonky, it isn't. And if it doesn't even boot, well, forget it.

    Try it, unless you try and break the machine in half, you can't break anything if you do.
  9. Tamasi thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2010
    If it fits and the computer boots up and acts fine as you put it, does that automatically imply that there are no other RAM modules out there that would make the MBP perform better? (in other words, can there be performance difference between 2x4gb of DDR3 RAM from different brands??)
  10. croooow, Jan 13, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2011

    croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    Not only is it much cheaper to buy the RAM on your own, it is very easy to replace:

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Unibody-Mid-2010-RAM/3032/1 (This is the latest 15" MBP, you may want to find the page for your MBP if it's a different model, click on "Back to device" toward the top left of the page)

    Remove 10 screws from the bottom, pull the cover off and the RAM is right there. You could have it done in less than 5 minutes, but you may want to take your time and be very careful, so more like 10 minutes :D
  11. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
  12. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Very little practical difference in major brand modules so just go for it and sell the rest of the sonly for parts.

  13. elhungarian macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2009
  14. Ledgem macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    No. According to their tech specs, the Mac Pro (desktop) uses ECC RAM, but the Macbook Pros do not.
  15. s1lv3r macrumors member


    Oct 25, 2010
  16. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    One additional point: it is very important to use decent quality tools when you're dealing with tiny screws such as the ones on the bottom of a Macbook.

    For RAM only, you'll need a #00 Phillips driver. Add a #6 Torx driver for the hard drive.

    No need to mail order the tools if you have a Sears, Lowes, Home Depot, Radio Shack, ACE Hardware, or other decent tool or DIY store you can get to.
  17. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Can you post a link please? I'm considering upgrading.
  18. alt macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
  19. fortunecookie macrumors regular


    Dec 3, 2010
    Does it break apple's warranty if you upgrade ram on a uMBP?
  20. croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    No, but keep the old RAM. If you have issues and take it to Apple the new RAM is not covered, so it would be best to put the old RAM back before taking/sending it to Apple for warranty repairs.

    Apple even tells you how to do it:

    MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1270

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