Currently Being ModeratedMar 31, 2013 7:33 PM (in response to gottalovemymac)
yes you can - you can upgrade up to 16GB if you wish to do so.
just make sure you buy ram that is meant for your Macbook Pro. 1333MHz DDR3 SODIMM
RAM made by Crucial, Corsair, Mushkin, G.Skill, Patriot Mac Series and Kingston (non value) are good brands to go with - might cost $5 to $10 more than standard non Apple Certified RAM but you won't have any issues when you install them.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 31, 2013 7:39 PM (in response to gottalovemymac)
Thank you all so much for the quick responses, and could you please also see that I updated my posting withy more RAM info...is that normal?
Also, should I purchase it and bring it in to Apple and do it, or do it myself? NOt sure if this pretty aluminium box opens as simply as removing the 10 screws on the bottom.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 31, 2013 7:42 PM (in response to gottalovemymac)
You can install by yourself. OWC should have tutorials you can follow.
About OS X Memory Management and Usage
Understanding top output in the Terminal
The amount of available RAM for applications is the sum of Free RAM and Inactive RAM. This will change as applications are opened and closed or change from active to inactive status. The Swap figure represents an estimate of the total amount of swap space required for VM if used, but does not necessarily indicate the actual size of the existing swap file. If you are really in need of more RAM that would be indicated by how frequently the system uses VM. If you open the Terminal and run the top command at the prompt you will find information reported on Pageins () and Pageouts (). Pageouts () is the important figure. If the value in the parentheses is 0 (zero) then OS X is not making instantaneous use of VM which means you have adequate physical RAM for the system with the applications you have loaded. If the figure in parentheses is running positive and your hard drive is constantly being used (thrashing) then you need more physical RAM.
Adding RAM only makes it possible to run more programs concurrently. It doesn't speed up the computer nor make games run faster. What it can do is prevent the system from having to use disk-based VM when it runs out of RAM because you are trying to run too many applications concurrently or using applications that are extremely RAM dependent. It will improve the performance of applications that run mostly in RAM or when loading programs.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 31, 2013 7:55 PM (in response to gottalovemymac)
Installing the RAM is quite simple....
You'll have a total of 10 screws. 7 short ones and 3 long ones. Just make sure you put the screws back to where they go after.
Taking the back off once the screws are out is quite simple.
One thing to note - once the back is off - touch anything metallic to get rid of any static you have in/on your fingers....Just a precaution.
Good luck with your upcoming RAM transplant and hopefully it goes smoothly.
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