Upgrading RAM on Macbook 15inch mid2012, max 8GB?

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  1. Jess112 macrumors newbie

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    Hi there

    Would like some advice on upgrading my RAM on my macbook 15inch mid2012 model, i am needing more ram for intensive video editing tasks on the go so currently considering the option of upgrading my ram from 8GB to 16GB

    I spoke to Apple about this but they said 'strongly advises against this' as 'MAX is 8GB', although from research i have seen a lot of people still upgrading to 16GB. And I wonder if they are advising from following their policies or if it will actually be a hardware threat to the macbook?

    Any advice on best/priced websites to buy the RAM from or if it is a bad idea to upgrade in general and leave it at 8GB?

    Thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The Apple rep is wrong. There is no reason not to upgrade to 16GB of RAM, if you need it. It works perfectly well, with zero problems. Apple has a history of conservative statements regarding the maximum RAM in Mac models. Many, if not most of the recent Macs with user-serviceable RAM can easily handle more RAM than Apple states is the maximum.

    You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
     
  3. Jess112 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There are many reputable brands, any one of which will work fine. Unless you're buying a really cheap brand, RAM is RAM, for the most part. Make sure it has a decent warranty, as occasionally you can get a bad RAM chip from anyone.
     
  5. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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    FWIW, I'm running Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB in my mid-2012 without issue.
     
  6. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

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    I got 16gb on my early 2011 15inch so it'd be weird if the later one couldn't handle that ;)
     
  7. hallux macrumors 68020

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  8. Jess112 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks I bit the bullet and bought the crucial ones! I'm going to get a Phillips screw driver #00

    I was watching their installation guide video and the woman said to use an ESB strap to prevent electrical discharge or something?

    Do I also need this? Any safety precautions also (so I don't damage the MacBook)I need to take if I don't have the strap?

    Thanks
     

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