What should I get for my New MacBook Pro - 8GB or 16GB RAM?

shopsmart99

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What should I get for my New MacBook Pro - 8GB or 16GB RAM?

I am getting conflicting answers from people.
Some say, the New MacBook Pros can only support 8 GB of RAM
and others are saying they support up to 16 GB of RAM.....

Who is right?

Thanks!
 

Adamantoise

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I think you'll be fine with 8GB of RAM. But if you want bragging rights then go ahead of spend the money on the 16GB.

Unless you do some serious virtualization I doubt you'll be seeing any differences in performance though.
 

JamesGorman

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The 2011 MBPs can support up to 32 GB RAM, but only 8 GB modules have been available since early 2011, thus those MBPs can have up to 16 GB RAM.



But do you even need the RAM?
The early 2.0 Only supports 16GB, The same as the late 2.2 15".
Thanks, Does anyone recommend Crucial or OWC or NewEgg ?
Crucial and owc are good. New egg is not a maker of ram, they are a retailer.
 

alphaod

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You mean, the chipsets employed in those machines only support 16 GB RAM?
Yup.
Well techinically all the chipsets are the same, it's the specific processors that Apple chooses for their base configurations that do not support more than 16GB of RAM.

I think you'll be fine with 8GB of RAM. But if you want bragging rights then go ahead of spend the money on the 16GB.

Unless you do some serious virtualization I doubt you'll be seeing any differences in performance though.
I do not use virtualization, but I often find myself strapped for RAM… sometimes even my swap is more than 50GB in size.
 
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