Upgrade MBP memory

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stoopkitty, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. stoopkitty macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2010
    #1
    I have an early 2011 15in MacBook Pro with 4GB of RAM and I was noticing recently that it would be great to upgrade to more memory because I have been running low recently. I did some research and found that this actually doesn't void your warranty since Apple provides do it yourself instructions. However, they say that the maximum that is supported in this model is 8GB. Is this actually true, or can I put in 16GB and that will work?

    Also, is crucial brand memory good? I found some on Amazon for cheap and I have seen it elsewhere so I was just wondering if it is reliable. I was also wondering the same thing about their SSDs since I might upgrade to one of those at the same time that I upgrade my memory.

    Thanks!!

    PS: Also, if you know of any other brands of memory/SSD that you think are good, be sure to mention them. I'm just trying to find the best one, don't necessarily want to go with crucial i just found it and it was cheap.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #2
    The official maximum is 8 GB, the working maximum is 16 GB.

    Yes, Crucial is good.




    ____________________________________________________________

    Maybe have a look at Advanced Search to find similar threads:
    [​IMG]
    ____________________________________________________________
     
  3. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

    GuitarG20

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    #3
    16GB works fine on most (there is a technical list of working and not working that I'm sure someone will post soon) but keep in mind that 16GB of laptop RAM is ridiculously expensive for what it is, at least at this point, so unless you absolutely need it, it makes more sense to go with 8GB for now.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #4
    16 GB is not that expensive anymore. Currently it can be had for less than 200 USD via Newegg.
     
  5. Spink10 macrumors 601

    Spink10

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    #5
    Compared to 8GB its expensive to me.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #6
    For me too, but when OWC released 8 GB modules for notebooks, they did cost around 1400 USD for 16 GB RAM.
    In a year, 16 GB will be less than 100 USD.
     
  7. HippieMagic macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    #7
    I purchased the Crucial RAM you are referring to on Amazon and it went in without a hitch and has worked great. Well worth the $37ish it cost me.
     
  8. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

    GuitarG20

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    #8
    hehe, that still counts as expensive for me :p
     
  9. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2005
    #9
    Thank you for this thread : ) !!! As reference is good for me !!!
     
  10. monkeymajik macrumors newbie

    monkeymajik

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2010
    #10
    I have mid 2009 Macbook Pro, and i want to change my 4GB DDR3 PC-8500 to 8GB DDR3 PC-10600. Since 8GB DDR3 PC-8500 is more expensive than PC 10600.

    Is that possible? Did MBP will downgrade the speed to PC8500?

    Any help would be appreciate.

    Many thanks.
     
  11. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2007
    Location:
    Canada
    #11
    Ram causing crash

    I just added 8 GB ram to my Early 2009 MBP and it kept on crashing until I finally changed out the ram. Anyone have any info on this? I heard it was a sort of common issue with these laptops until they supposedly updated and fixed it, but I'm all up to date and I still have this issue! GAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!


    monkeymajik if the motherboard can't support it then it just downgrades, thats my understanding.
     
  12. monkeymajik macrumors newbie

    monkeymajik

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2010
    #12
    Maybe you have the same problem like this : https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2726425

    MBP mid 2010 couldn't downgrade.


    thanks for the info. Then maybe it's okay to add?
     
  13. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2007
    Location:
    Canada
    #13
    Actually no, I bought the ram with a faster speed and that might be why I'm crashing...:confused::confused::confused: just realized that
     
  14. ghostworld, Jan 3, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012

    ghostworld macrumors member

    ghostworld

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2012
    #14
    I'm looking to upgrade my early 2011 13" macbook pro to 8gb of ram myself. Just trying to find a good price in Canada. Anyone have any suggestions?
     
  15. Akack macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2011
    Location:
    USA
    #15
    Check newegg, prices fluctuates depending on sales/rebates.
     

Share This Page