What is max RAM for MacBook Pro Early 2008?

rhimbo

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Jun 21, 2009
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Hi folks,

I have a MacBook Pro "17-inch Early 2008" (Model Identifier: MacBookPro4,1). Full specs are in the attached screen grabs. I'm currently running Mavericks...

Apple says the max RAM is 4Gb. But mactracker.ca says that often the system can work with more RAM. In my case, mactracker.ca says my MacBook Pro can handle a max of 6 GB RAM.

Assuming this is accurate,

Before I go out and buy some RAM chips, I just thought I'd ask to see if anyone can confirm that my model indeed supports 6GB RAM. Has anyone put 6 GB in this model MacBook Pro...? If so, I'm assuming the only way to do it is to put 4GB in one slot and 2GB in the other.

Many thanks in advance...
 

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T5BRICK

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Usually if mactracker says you can do it, that means you can. I installed 8GB in my mid 2009 and Apple said it only supported 4GB.
 

ibd

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I had the same laptop before and I can confirm that it works with 6GB of RAM (4GB + 2GB). I have not tested it with 8GB, though.
 

snaky69

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hi folks,

i have a macbook pro "17-inch early 2008" (model identifier: Macbookpro4,1). Full specs are in the attached screen grabs. I'm currently running mavericks...

Apple says the max ram is 4gb. But mactracker.ca says that often the system can work with more ram. In my case, mactracker.ca says my macbook pro can handle a max of 6 gb ram.

Assuming this is accurate,

before i go out and buy some ram chips, i just thought i'd ask to see if anyone can confirm that my model indeed supports 6gb ram. Has anyone put 6 gb in this model macbook pro...? If so, i'm assuming the only way to do it is to put 4gb in one slot and 2gb in the other.

Many thanks in advance...
6gb.
 

rhimbo

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Jun 21, 2009
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[SOLVED] What is max RAM for MacBook Pro Early 2008?

Thank you all for your replies. I'm going to buy a 4 GB DIMM.

This will add life to my MacBook Pro. Lately it's been slow as a result of a lot of swapping when I switch apps if I have Chrome, Mac Mail, Open Office and Preview running together. An extra 2 GB RAM will help a lot.

Thanks again all...
 

GGJstudios

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Thank you all for your replies. I'm going to buy a 4 GB DIMM.

This will add life to my MacBook Pro. Lately it's been slow as a result of a lot of swapping when I switch apps if I have Chrome, Mac Mail, Open Office and Preview running together. An extra 2 GB RAM will help a lot.

Thanks again all...
Your model supports up to 6GB. You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
 

rhimbo

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Jun 21, 2009
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What 4 GB DIMM works in the Early 2008 MacBook Pro...?

Thanks for confirming that only 6 GB works....

For those of you that did the upgrade, what memory did you actually buy (e.g. crucial, etc.). Do you remember the actual specs of the DIMM?

Here is the crucial memory that looks the closest to what I need attached screen shot)? Does it look right?

Thanks again...
 

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