RAM for early 2011 MBP - Conflicting info.

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  1. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    I have the early 2011 15" MBP, 2.2 GHz, i7. Right now I have 4 GB RAM. When I look on Apple's support site, it says that for my model, 8GB of RAM is the maximum. But when I use Crucial's tool for determining compatible upgrades they have a 16GB kit that they say is guaranteed. Can someone explain this? If I were to put in 16GB would that cause a problem? (I'm probably going with 8 - doubling the current memory seems like it would be more than adequate, but I'm just wondering).
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
     
  3. Trebuin macrumors 65816

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    You can upgrade it to 16GB just fine. Just make sure you select the right ram. Crucial works fine. I think that Apple limits it to their own (less superior ram), or just simply hasn't updated it as that ram was really rare last year an I don't think any was marked as mac compatible.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Apple has historically stated maximum RAM lower than actual maximums.
     
  5. Trebuin macrumors 65816

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    If you were really wanting some performance boost, you could pick some lower CL ram up, though you'd have to pick up slower ram. The CL actually makes a bigger performance boost over faster ram, though you run out of ram as a consequence as I couldn't find any at 16GB. 16GB at higher with SSD seems to really pay off vs 8GB at higher CL. I know, I just upgraded on that configuration. It is really system setup dependent, though.
     
  6. greytmom thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ok, thank you all for the help.

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    I'm also going to do the SSD upgrade, but that will have to wait a little while!
     
  7. Trebuin macrumors 65816

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    If you use parallels, the ram really helps, if you don't, put the money in the SSD, that's night and day. I also pulled the optical drive for an internal spinner. I bought an External LG slim BluRay drive for all my optical needs. Works great.
     
  8. greytmom thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That's exactly why I am boosting the RAM - Parallels is making the system drag a bit.

    And yep, I want to pull the optical drive. Thanks for the suggestion on the BluRay drive!
     
  9. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    I just installed a 16GB 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance RAM kit in my early 2011 MacBook Pro. It works great. And it was only $110.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. NeuralControl macrumors 6502a

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    I see you put in (and your computer recognized) the 1600 MHz RAM. Is there a significant difference in performance in the Early 2011 MBP with the 1600 MHz vs 1333 MHz RAM? All of the sites I have used have always suggested 1333 MHz, just as the computer ships with.
     
  11. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    Nope, no significant difference. However, there really wasn't a difference in price either (maybe a buck or two) and Sandy Bridge supports the faster RAM (well, at least the i7-2720QM and i7-2820QM do) so I figured what the heck.

    In my case it's really a moot point, though -- I just ordered a 2012 cMBP and I'm going to put this memory in that computer and restore this computer to 8GB of 1333MHz RAM before I sell it.
     

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