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iamlayne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am currently looking into purchasing a 15" MacBook Pro for business use. I am curious as to if I would be able to purchase 16GB of RAM and put it into a 2.5GHz 15" MacBook Pro, or is 8GB of RAM the maximum for this model?


Any help is muchly appreciated. Thank you.

MacBook Pro
  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,205 points)

    See OWC's offerings for possible choices.  The max amount you can have is indeed 16GB.


    Specs: PC3-10600 1333MHZ SO-DIMM 204 Pin


    You don't, of course have to buy from OWC, but you can at least see their choices and prices.  I recommened them as a reliable source of ram.

  • djousma Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    I just got a 17" MBP late 2011, and bought 16Gb of memory from Corsair for $199.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,315 points)

    Apple will only put in 8GB and then it's a lot of money, it increases to $435 if you walk out the door with the new machine.


    On the other hand you can put in 16GB by yourself and not void your AppleCare/warranty as long as you don't break anything in the process. The new RAM isn't covered of course, replace the original RAM when returning the machine for repairs.



  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,805 points)

    Yes, the latest generation of MacBook Pros can take 16GB RAM, although Apple says the max is 8GB and won't sell you more than that on customized orders. If you're gunning for max tax deductions, by all means go whole hog: 2.5GHz, widescreen antiglare display, large SSD. Else, the 2.5GHz option (vs. the 2.4GHz) is overpriced overkill).


    And yes, the 16GB RAM won't be covered by Apple for a year or three, but it will be covered by the manufacturer's lifetime warranty.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (30,740 points)

    Before you commit to 16 Gb of RAM, determine if you really need it.  For virtually all business applications 16 Gb of RAM is overkill.  But if you have on your agenda to develop weather prediction models or want to emulate atomic bomb explosions, then it may prove to be useful.



  • _Dutch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Or if like 10's of thousands of professionals you run virtulized environments for development or sales presentations or labs or any of 1000 other good reasons to have 16 gigs of RAM.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,805 points)

    Or a similar number of poseurs who can't resist the opportunity to brag about the huge RAM they have. Similar to what happens in the mens' restrooms....

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (6,300 points)

    Why don't we give Layne a chance to recover of this staccatto...

  • _Dutch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What kind of pervert brags about his RAM in the men's restroom?

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,805 points)

    You would be surprised........  /___sbsstatic___/migration-images/182/18265198-1.gif

  • lefsql Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So, not sure why I keep seeing on the forums people questioning whether others might actually need 16GB of RAM. I guess they don't actually know what to do with a computer other than browsing the web and listening to music.


    Also, based on those comments I guess the New Macbook Retina with 16GB RAM will not sell since its overkill

  • tony glandil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My own experience from upgrading to 16GB 2012 MBP 15":


    I am a business professional too, and just bought the 2012 MBP 15". I upgraded to 16GB on my own with OWC 16GB (2x8GB) for $160. Worth every penny.


    It truly amazes me what my applications use:


    I run: Parallels Win-32 with Word, Outlook, Excel and a few productibity apps

             Thunderbird (alone takes 400 MB Ram)

             Acrobat, Chrome, Evernote...


    And my machine eats 7-11 GB RAM for those applications alone.


    So 8GB is not enough. You could buy a 8GB stick and keep 2GB stick to get 10GB is you want to

    save money.


    It is now so fast I'll put off swapping my hard drive for a SSD. Many blogs and articles will tell you that you

    do not need more than 8GB is you do not do games or media/video work, but this is wrong since a many

    office software need lots of memory. The virtual machine works wonderfully and allowed me from not having

    to buy any software since I already owned them for Windows.


    Hope this helps.

  • Joshua Coventry Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)

    16GB RAM is not overkill, just get it. You'll only regret it later if you don't. If you're running a virtual machine, 16GB RAM will help a lot. There are even some laptops coming out that support up to 32GB RAM.

  • dhelix33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I bought the latest MacBook Pro 15 last week (Intel 2.6 i7, 750GB HD, and 8GB RAM out of the box).


    I now own this MacBook Pro 15, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd gen.), and a 2011 iMac 27 - - My wife has an iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and MacBook Air 13 (which I gave her with this recent MacBook 15 purchase - only 6 months of use) -- My daughter has the iPhone 5, iPad (2nd gen - which I gave to her after about 6 months of use), and a MacBook Pro13 (which I gave her when heading to college this past Fall - getting the MacBook Air 13 for myself as a replacement). There are benefits for being in The Davenport Projex :-)


    The latest MacBook Pro 15 has many superb updates from the previous model. What was a deal maker for me was that RAM speed capability has been bumped up to 1600 MHz. I wanted to take advantage of that speed by updating the RAM from 8GB installed out of the box to 16GB of after market memory.


    Because of the ease upgrading my iMac 27 to 16GB with Crucial Memory, I stuck with Crucial Memory for the MacBook 15 RAM upgrade to 16GB (cost was $125 + shipping). This was also a flawless RAM upgrade. After installing the new RAM and rebooting my Mac, the system recognized the update instantaneously (and yes, it is significantly faster!) 


    I recommend Crucial Memory for any MAC do-it-yourselfer user.


    Simple process:



    1. Remove bottom cover

    2. Insert new memory

    3. Replace bottom cover



    The Davenport Projex


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