super charging my 2010 13" MBP

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  1. hcclnoodles, Apr 30, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2014

    hcclnoodles macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    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

  2. Barney63 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2014
    Bolton, UK.
    Memory from Crucial is always highly recommended as are the EVO 840 SSDs

  3. hcclnoodles thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    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

    Mar 4, 2013
    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
    Last edited by a moderator: May 1, 2014

    hcclnoodles thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    thanks for your reply

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

    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

    and more info here for those that are interested
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    A clean install on a Samsung 840 SSD and a RAM upgrade should have your machine screaming.
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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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