Work House Mac Book Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zachtv123, May 11, 2014.

  1. zachtv123 macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Hey all,

    I currently have a MacBookPro6,2

    MacBookPro6,2 15 inch
    2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU
    8GB 1067 Mhz DDR3 memory
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512 MB
    Toshiba MK5055GSXF 500GB SATA/300 5400RPM 8MB 2.5" Hard Drive
    Software OS X 10.9.2

    This computer has been a great work horse for me but I am wondering if there are any upgrades available. I know there are tons of information about this online but those posts are a couple years old and I know technology gets better every year. I do alot of video editing and photo editing.

    I want to get this baby even faster. Is there any upgrades? Its getting to be a little noticeable with the lag of start up. Maybe an SSD upgrade? Can I upgrade anything else? I saw that there are some folks who are running 16gb on MBP but havent seen anything on 15inch MBP i7.

    Look forward to hearing great ideas..
  2. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    SSD my friend. It's like comparing a Corvette to a Honda Accord V6 lol
  3. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    A SSD is the best speed upgrade you can do. When running your normal workflow use Activity Monitor to check memory usage and pressure. If it shows problems up the memory to 16gb. I run 16gb due to using Parallels with multiple virtual machines. When running just Mac apps 8 gb was plenty.

    I will never have another machine without a SSD.
  4. 53kyle macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA
    The 2010 15/17 inch machines can't use 16 GB, 8 GB is the max.
  5. SgtPepper23 macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2010
    Los Angeles, California
    With Mavericks, the max was 16 GB, i read about it a while back ago when I was troubleshooting my own MacBook Pro, same model as OP.

    Your best bet would be to throw an SSD in there, but thats about it. The GPUs can't be upgraded, the Intel HD 3000 is integrated and the Nvidia GT 330M is soldered on (i think, or somewhere along those lines...). Its definitely a fine machine, that MBP...
  6. p3ntyne macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2014
    Sydney, Australia
    Well, if you really want performance (since you only have a 3Gbps SATA connection), you going remove the optical drive and RAID0 two SSD's for ~600Mb read/write.

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