Upgrade Ram on Late 2008 Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacJohnson, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. MacJohnson macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2008
    South Dakota
    I have a late 2008 Macbook pro and want to upgrade my ram to 6gb, first off can i do it and will it support it? Also what 4gb ram should I buy if it will support it. Thank you
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Yes, its up to 6GB 1066MHz.
    I recommend crucial RAM
  3. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    The model you have is actually compatible with 8GB of RAM with a firmware update that Apple released without much fanfare.

    I know because I have the exact model you have and I've been running 8GB of Crucial RAM for about 3 months. Absolutely worth it.

    I think I paid £80 for the kit.

    EDIT: Here's my thread from March when this was discovered

  4. nicklad macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    Definitely go for 8GB, you want to ensure you keep it running in dual channel if you can.
  5. paulisme macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    RAM is currently extremely cheap. I just upgraded my late 2008 MBP to 8GB with a pair of Crucial sticks and it only cost me $44 on Amazon.
  6. ooans macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    I too have a late 2008 MBP. For a long time i've considered updating the ram to 8GB - especially since it's now so cheap. However I haven't really found a reason to do it. I don't think a RAM update would make my OSX that much faster. I run video editing software at times, but they run fine already. I use loads of virtual instruments on Logic Pro, but most of them are only 32-bit, so updating my RAM wouldn't help 'em.

    Instead I updated my HD to a SSD (with the hd in optibay(the cheaper one).)

    Now this has made a huge difference. Sure it cost more, but the gain is also much bigger compared to having more ram.

    Just my 2 cents.
  7. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    Where is the site that will let me confirm which sticks one needs? I have a 2008 mbp 15", pre-unibody, but most sites won't actually confirm if 6 or 8GB is possible.
  8. Naimfan, Sep 19, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011

    Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    A pre-unibody will support 6 GB of RAM but not 8. You need 1 x 4 GB stick and 1 x 2 GB stick of DDR2 667 MHz RAM.
  9. spencers macrumors 68020


    Sep 20, 2004
    Dayum! Didn't know my Late '08 MBP would go to 8GB. Sweet!
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
  11. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    hard to find

    Man, finding a 1x4GB single ddr2 pc 5300 possibly 667 memory stick is proving hard to find. Can one use higher rated RAM, or would that not jibe well with the current 2GB sticks in the unit?
  12. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    There are two or three models available on newegg.com.
  13. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    thanks snaky69, but that is some serious expensive RAM. 75-80$ a stick for 4GB, is about 2x what other current RAM sells for. Ouch.
  14. Naimfan, Sep 21, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011

    Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    Yep, that's what it costs.

    [EDIT] I just looked on Newegg and they have a 4 GB stick of Patriot RAM for $54.99 with free shipping--that might be worth it.

    DDR3 RAM will NOT work, as it is 204 pin vs. 200 pin. Might be a good time to sell yours and move to a unibody . . .

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