RAM, SSD upgrade for '08 MBPro?

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  1. macmesser macrumors 6502a

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    I want to upgrade an early '08 MacbookPro and am seeing conflicting information from various sources. Crucial website says 4GB RAM is max. I have also seen 6GB given as max. The system currently has 4GB and with 2 slots so I would need a 4GB module. Does anyone know definitively if this system can access 6GB?

    The machine will be for light duty work; web browsing, email, light graphics for web maintenance, word processor, etc. The reason I want to upgrade is just so I can upgrade 10.7.5 to latest (or more recent) OS. It's running 10.7.5 fairly well, if a tad slowly.

    Thoughts on whether this is a good investment which will extend useful life of machine?
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    The early 2008 will accept 6GB.

    A SSD won't be all that great in there with SATA I speeds. It'll be faster, but not by much.
     
  3. macmesser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for reply. It really helps. I was on the fence about the SSD. OWC SSDs claim to be much more power efficient but maybe not compelling for me.
     
  4. liya1201 macrumors member

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    I have an early 2008 MBP with 6 GB Ram and a Crucial M4 256 GB SSD. Compared to conventional spinning hard drive, upgrade to SSD significantly boosted its speed.
     
  5. macmesser thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for sharing experience! Couldn't be more relevant to my question and puts things in a new light.
     

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