super charging my 2010 13" MBP

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  1. hcclnoodles, Apr 30, 2014
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    hcclnoodles macrumors newbie

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    Hi there

    I have a mid 2010 - 13" macbook pro and since installing mavericks its become a bit of a dog so thought id give it some go-faster stripes

    I wondered if any of the gurus on here may be able to recommend the best possible SSD and memory upgrade I can get ? Given that this is older technology Im hoping I can get an all singing all dancing laptop once again for less than premium cost


    Ive also been advised by a guy i know that because I have the 13" 2010 model, that I can upgrade to 16GB of RAM? is this true ? and if so, does anybody know the best dimms to go for?

    also when going for an SSD , will I need one of the slightly older style (thicker) units? and should I only be looking at SSD's that support up to 3 gbs (i also got told thats my limit)


    any help or advice on what i should be buying would be greatly appreciated

    Cheers
     
  2. Barney63 macrumors 6502a

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    Memory from Crucial is always highly recommended as are the EVO 840 SSDs

    Barney
     
  3. hcclnoodles thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Barney

    Do you happen to know which particular crucial memory ?

    Also , the evo 840's are SATA3 6Gbps devices .. Does the mid 2010 MBP 13" support those speeds? or would that be overkill for my system ?
     
  4. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    You can select your exact machine using the drop-down menus on Crucial's homepage to get you to the right kit.

    Only 2011 and higher systems support SATA III, but the interface is backward compatible.
     
  5. hcclnoodles, May 1, 2014
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    hcclnoodles thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for your reply

    I went on to the crucial website and it offered up the following 8gb kit

    http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=72F76169A5CA7304

    However, according to wikipedia, the 13" mid-2010 model can take 16GB ? can anybody confirm if this is indeed the case ?

    actually after a little research it looks like these OWC dimms will do the trick for the mid-2010 model


    http://www.mac-upgrade.co.uk/produc...-pc3-8500-1066mhz-ddr3-sodimm-owc8566ddr3s16p

    and more info here for those that are interested

    http://blog.macsales.com/16302-some-2010-mac-owners-can-get-more-ram-than-they-thought
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Do you need 16GB of ram?
    What's your usage, if you're not dealing with a high amount of swapping then the 16GB ram may be a wasted resource.

    Since you're on Mavericks, what's the memory pressure during your typical usage.

    SSD is typically the best bet to increase performance since you get instance gratification of speed. Ram can be a good way to boost performance, provided you're short on it now, otherwise it wont really have much affect.
     
  7. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    A clean install on a Samsung 840 SSD and a RAM upgrade should have your machine screaming.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, your MBP can use up to 16GB of RAM. Whether you need that much or not is another matter.

    You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
     

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