What RAM can my MBP take?

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  1. snerkler macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I have a late 2011, early 2012 non retina MBP and am wondering if I can increase the RAM as I'm finding I'm getting a lot of buffering using photoshop. Initially I upgraded to 8GB, but am now wondering if I can put 16GB in?

    Cheers.
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    yes you can : MBPs can use (a maximum of) 16 GB from Early 2011 models.

    (See Mactracker for more infos).

    Early and late 2011 use : 204-pin PC-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM

    Mid 2012 use : 204-pin PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM

    Be sure to order the right one.
     
  3. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks very much. I use crucial memory and you can enter your MBP's details and they give all the right hardware for you system, but I will double check it to make sure it's the 204-pin PC-10600. Out of interest what would happen if you bought the wrong one, would it just not fit, not work or potentially harm the computer?
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    If you buy desktop RAM (240pins instead of 204) it'll simple not physically fit.

    Otherwise, worst that'll happen is your computer will not boot until proper memory is put back in.
     
  5. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks :)
     
  6. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    You can use DDR3-1600 RAM in a 2011 MBP without ill effects.

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  7. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Have ordered 2x8GB from crucial. Much more expensive than I thought :eek:
     

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