Recommendations on RAM and SSD upgrade for my 2011 Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nizmoz, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. nizmoz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Guys, I am looking to upgrade my new just purchased today MBP 15" 2011. I currently have a 750gb HD, and 4gb of ram.

    What is the fastest, best ram and SSD you guys recommend I get that works reliable with this machine? I will be doing video editing, photo editing, so I will need some processing power no doubt and speed.

    Also I see some say 16gb is max? I saw 8gb on the site but I guess it's possible? Any info would be great!
  2. 2hvy4grvty macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    I don't care how hardcore gamer/photoshop you are, you won't notice the difference between 1333 and 1600 RAM. Your WEI scores will go up, but that's about it.

    8 gb vs 16 gb is based on your needs. No one knows your needs but you.

    SSD is kinda the same thing. I'd go with a cheap 64 GB SATA III SSD as a boot drive with common applications, and the 750 gb as media drive. There's no need to go all out and shell out a grand for a 512 SATA SSD if all you're going to do is put music, photos, videos, and games on there.
  3. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011

    as for ram - get the cheapest 8gb laptop module kit that you can find. i would keep an eye on newegg daily memory deals. i would also recommend that you simply buy based on the frequency that your mbp was shipped this case 1333mhz.
  4. nizmoz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    I went ahead and purchased the $50 gskill kit from newegg that was on sale for $20 off. 1333mhz and people were recommending it. I was going to get the HyperX but for $60 more didn't think it was worth it.
  5. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    The fastest SSD? OCZ Vertex 3 Maxiops. No doubt.

    You'll loose some battery life though.
  6. jbjones85 macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2011
    I went with Crucial 8gm from newegg for around $70 and an OWC SSD (120gb sata 3)
  7. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Newegg and Amazon has 8GB for cheap prices under $100.
    Apple only says 8GB max on MBP's although the Sandy Bridge Technology lets you put 16GB MAX. Although 16GB means more money.
    Nearly $1.6K...
  8. nizmoz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Yep, going to get a SSD for it, but haven't decided what yet and how much space I can live with.
  9. ABadSanta macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2011
    From newegg, i ordered 8 GB of G Skill DDR3 1333 mhz for $74.99 with free shipping. I'm pretty sure it's down to 69.99, so go check it out. I installed it before i booted the computer up for the first time and it works perfectly.
  10. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    it just got off sale for $50, OP scooped up a kit before it expired.
  11. ABadSanta macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2011
    I know. I both love and hate newegg...

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