What is the fastest 8 GB RAM I can buy for my MBP 17" 2.3 (Early 2011)

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  1. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

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    What is the fastest 8 GB RAM package that I can buy for my MBP 17" 2.3 (Early 2011)? Is 1333 the fastest or can I go higher?

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  2. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    1600 has been proven to work, and 1866 in SOME cases.
     
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    I'm running a studio environment. Would 1600 be unstable in SOME cases?

    EDIT: HA. Damn it, I have an EARLY 2011 not late. Sorry. Changed thread title.
     
  4. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    Kingston has 1600 that works. it really depends more on the ram brand/part number than anything else.
     
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    Remember to get something with a CAS Latency as low as possible, near the 7. I remember the 1s
     
  6. RedRallyeZ macrumors regular

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    I would just get the 1333 from a reputable brand (crucial, g skill, corsair) and call it a day. Yeah, 1600 works in some cases, but the if there is an increase in speed in would be imperceptible and possible incompatible. Eight gigs of 1333 would be all you need.

    Of course this goes without saying, but if you need speed, go SSD.
     
  7. tears2040 macrumors 6502

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    +1

    The speed of Ram is not your problem. For writing audio you need more memory and fast hard drives.

    8gbs of ram with a firewire 800 connected hard drive is great. If you want faster get an SSD.
     
  8. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Agree with the advice to just get 1333 MHz RAM from a reputable vendor - Crucial, G.Skill, whoever.

    It's what Apple specifies and supports. And to generalize what tears2040 said, RAM speed is not an issue.
     
  9. Teej guy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Pro Tools HD 10 loads a session's audio into RAM.

    I'm having trouble finding 2x4GB 1333 ram with 7 latency...does it exist? Corsair rates their 1333 notebook ram 9... (not their Mac ram...does this matter? their only mac ram on the site is 1066...this **** is confusing)

    In that case, what's the best 2x4Gb 1333 ram I can buy for my computer?
     
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  11. RedRallyeZ macrumors regular

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    Don't worry about finding Mac specific RAM (or HDD/SSD for that matter) as long as it fits the specs needed (1333 DDR3) you're fine.

    As far as the best, the difference in RAM is minuscule at this point. I am partial to crucial, but its not a life or death decision between them and anyone else. G- skill has a deal with newegg right now for 8GB of RAM and a free 4GB flash drive, Thats not bad for $44.95 and free shipping. The latency is not really going to differ.

    Here is one suggestion
    Crucial 8GB RAM
     
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