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  • Jejigua
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    Joined: May 19th, 2012, 10:53
    Upgrading RAM
    Hey guys, I have a 15" Mid 2012 Macbook Pro and wanted to know about upgrading my RAM. I read that I can only upgrade to 8gb (currently) 4. I also heard it's pretty easy to do yourself so I wanted to know if someone can recommend me where I can buy it (non-Apple, as I heard they overcharge). Thanks alot.
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  • GaryHiebner
    Posts: 1434
    Joined: May 6th, 2007, 12:54
    Re: Upgrading RAM
    Hi Monkeyking, Yes, the maximum RAM you can have in your Macbook Pro unit is 8GB RAM. But you will notice quite a difference going form 4GB up to 8GB. I would highly recommend it. The RAM is very easy to upgrade. You simply unscrew the screws on the bottom of the unit and this will give you access to the RAM bay. Where are you based? I am in South Africa and have a couple of Apple equivalent RAM modules. Kingston have Apple RAM modules that you can install in the unit. [url]http://www.kingston.com/en/[/url] There are other Apple equivalent RAM suppliers such as Crucial: [url]http://www.crucial.com/mac/[/url]
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  • Jejigua
    Posts: 17
    Joined: May 19th, 2012, 10:53
    Re: Upgrading RAM
    [quote=Gary Hiebner]Hi Monkeyking, Yes, the maximum RAM you can have in your Macbook Pro unit is 8GB RAM. But you will notice quite a difference going form 4GB up to 8GB. I would highly recommend it. The RAM is very easy to upgrade. You simply unscrew the screws on the bottom of the unit and this will give you access to the RAM bay. Where are you based? I am in South Africa and have a couple of Apple equivalent RAM modules. Kingston have Apple RAM modules that you can install in the unit. [url]http://www.kingston.com/en/[/url] There are other Apple equivalent RAM suppliers such as Crucial: [url]http://www.crucial.com/mac/[/url][/quote] Oh wow thanks. I love MacProVideo support, it's always so awesome! :) I live in New York City. Can you tell me what DDR2 and 3 are? I looked at Kingston's selection. I do not which to choose from to identify my Mac. Also it asks me if I want 2x 4GB memory cards instead. What is best? I think as of now I have 2x 2gb. And what do you personally recommend?
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  • GaryHiebner
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    Joined: May 6th, 2007, 12:54
    Re: Upgrading RAM
    Its DDR3, and you'll need 2 x 4GB RAM.
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  • Jejigua
    Posts: 17
    Joined: May 19th, 2012, 10:53
    Re: Upgrading RAM
    oh awesome! That's all I need to know regarding exchanging ram? And where do I put in the 2x? When I look at the Apple instructions it only shoes me how to exchange one and displays only one port on their graphic Also, what else can I do to increase my speed/performance? I heard exchanging my HDD to a SDD would be good (no clue what it means and the difference. It would be nice if someone can point this out). Many thanks!
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  • GaryHiebner
    Posts: 1434
    Joined: May 6th, 2007, 12:54
    Re: Upgrading RAM
    Have you taken a look here: [url]http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1270?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US[/url] Choose your Macbook Pro model and then it will show you the instructions on how to upgrade your RAM. It is a real easy process. To replace both RAM slots is the same method. So how it shows you to change the one module, do the exact same for the other modules. Both RAM slots sit next to each other. A SSD drive will definitely improve the performance on your machine. SSD drives have faster read/write speeds, which will improve the performance. I would recommend that if you wish to go this route, then go through to an Apple service centre for the upgrade. As if you do this yourself you void the warranty on your unit. Any certified Apple technician can do this upgrade for you. It's not a highly difficult task to replace the hard drive, but I'd hate it to mess up your warranty in case you need this at a later stage.
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  • Jejigua
    Posts: 17
    Joined: May 19th, 2012, 10:53
    Re: Upgrading RAM
    Awesome! So I guess I can just go ahead and order: http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/search?DeviceType=3&Mfr=APP&Line=MacBook%20Pro%20%28DDR3%29&Model=62541# right??? Also what else can I do to improve my Mac? And yes, I will inquire with apple if I update to SSD. Hope it doesn't break my bank account lol
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  • Rounik Admin
    Posts: 8713
    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006, 08:13
    Re: Re: Upgrading RAM
    Hi monkeyking, I haven't personally tried kingston ram... but I'd certainly recommend crucial.com - have used them for over 7 years and recommended them to multiple clients with great success. They also have an easy way to check for the correct ram for your system, so I've found them easy. Having said that, perhaps Kingston are great too... just wanted to share my experience :) Oh, and here's an excellent article by Mo Volans on MPVHub about his experience upgrading his standard hard drive to a hybrid SSD... much cheaper than SSDs - so might please your bank manager ;-)
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  • BenB
    Posts: 501
    Joined: Feb 14th, 2011, 04:27
    Re: Upgrading RAM
    Also Other World Computing is great. I've done business with them for years. Very easy, great customer service. Can easily tell you exactly what you need and what will work.
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