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Darkfortress1 Calculating status...
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Feb 10, 2013 12:27 AM

I am trying to decide between going for the 8gb or 16gb ram upgrade.

Has anyone out there managed to get 16gb to run on the md322 (pro 15' i7)?

Will it show in your system information as 16gb or has apple limited it to 8gb?

What is the max speed of the ram you can install in this system as the tech man say 1333 but i have heard reports of systems running 1600.

 

Thanks in advance

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,205 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 12:29 AM (in response to Darkfortress1)

    You can use this Link to check which RAM is suitable for your Mac...

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/apple/memory/

     

     

    It is Important to get the Correct and Matching RAM

     

     

    For best performance, fill all memory slots, installing an equal memory module in each slot.

     

     

    That site also has videos on how to Install RAM should you need it...

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 12:31 AM (in response to Darkfortress1)

    You have a Late 2011 MacBook Pro. Officially, your Mac supports only 8 GB of memory, but you can use 16 GB of memory without any problem on that Mac.

     

    The memory that your Mac needs is PC3-10600 1333 MHz RAM (1600 MHz RAM is for the Mid 2012 MacBook Pro). You can buy the memory in OWC or Crucial (Crucial is cheaper and gives you the same compatibility warranty as OWC).

     

    If you need help installing the memory > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1270

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,180 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 12:55 AM (in response to Darkfortress1)

    And yes, 16GB is a sweet delight on these computers. Personally, I prefer Corsair...

     

    16GB1.jpg

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.5), 2.4GHz, 16GB, Widescreen/Anti-glare
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,810 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 12:59 AM (in response to mende1)

    I'm with mende1 on recommending Crucial (even though I presently have the Corsair that Courcoul mentions).

     

    Go to the Crucial website and use the System Scanner tab to find the right RAM for your computer. You can directly order from Crucial, or maybe save a few buck and order from Amazon. Although OWC makes good memory, I feel that it is overpriced.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,810 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 4:28 AM (in response to Darkfortress1)

    I used to use Kingston - no longer, though, after some bad experiences. A number of folks use OWC, probably more use Crucial, and a few of us use Corsair. OWC, Crucial & Corsair are the big winners here (except for the Corsair 'value' RAM - I would stay away from it).

     

    You don't  say where you're located, but Crucial does have a UK website, as well - http://www.crucial.com/uk/ - if that would lower your shipping charges...

     

    Clinton

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 4:40 AM (in response to Darkfortress1)

    That's the correct memory for your MacBook Pro

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,810 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 4:45 AM (in response to Darkfortress1)

    Yep, that's the same as I have - http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Certified-Laptop-Memory-CMSA16GX3M2A1333C9/dp/B006 ON5KZC - from Amazon, US. That would work perfectly well. And I can personally recommend that as that's what I've had in my MBP since April of last year - it is NOT the value brand - same thing that Courcoul has as well.

     

    It's a toss-up - I'd order either the COrsair or the Crucial - whichever you can get the cheapest with the lowest shipping costs... you'll be golden!

     

    Just look at how much RAM my MBP is eating up now...

     

    Activity MonitorScreenSnapz003.png

     

    It's only been two days since a restart and I do have 6GB allocated to Windows 7 Pro running under Parallels but whoever says that you'll never use 16GB of RAM in a MBP is just crazy.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Clinton

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