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    Early Gen Uni-Body MacBook Pro Ram Upgrade
    Well,

    I just updated to Snow Leopard 10.6 OSX. It's the Early Uni-Body MacBook Pro 15.4 with 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB 1067MHz DDR3 and Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT 512MB. I am wanting to upgrade to 8GB 1067MHz DDR3 like the new Unibody. Is this possible? or 6GB 1067MHz DDR3 is the max?

    Reasons for Upgrade: I mostly use Apple Final Cut Studio 3 and Adobe CS4 Master Collection. Most of the time I am laggin I have the Istat Pro for Monitoring the Temps and Memory Stats. The SMCFanControl on 4000 RPM to keep Cool.

    Thanks,
    -TrippinBimmer

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    If you go to Crucial.com and use their memory selector tool, it will tell you exactly how much RAM you can add and suggest the right type. That's all there is to it.
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    I did said max of 4gb of ram and I know that is not right. Cause I have a Friend with 6gb.

    -Anthony

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrippinBimmer View Post
    I did said max of 4gb of ram and I know that is not right. Cause I have a Friend with 6gb.

    -Anthony
    Is it the exact same model? Even if they look similar, it doesn't mean they use the same chipsets. You can determine the model by looking on the bottom of the machine, it should be silk-screened, near the FCC licensing info.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Is it the exact same model? Even if they look similar, it doesn't mean they use the same chipsets. You can determine the model by looking on the bottom of the machine, it should be silk-screened, near the FCC licensing info.
    Yes, they are the same model...Both of us got it at the beginning of the year at the same time.

    -TrippinBimmer

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrippinBimmer View Post
    Yes, they are the same model...Both of us got it at the beginning of the year at the same time.

    -TrippinBimmer
    It might just be that Crucial doesn't carry 4GB modules in that size. Check Performance Upgrades; FireWire USB SATA Storage; Memory, more at OWC
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Glad you mentioned that. I thought my machine was limited to 4GB as well, but it appears that I can go to 6 if need be. Not that I ever even come close to using the 4GB I have now, LOL...
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    But the Timing is reduced from 340.29 (4gb) to 299.47 (6gb) testing with CS3. This test measures the time (in seconds) it takes to execute a custom action script comprising 47 commonly-used, memory-intensive processes on a 21 megapixel image, using Adobe Photoshop CS3. Lower times are better.

    -TrippinBimmer

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrippinBimmer View Post
    But the Timing is reduced from 340.29 (4gb) to 299.47 (6gb) testing with CS3. This test measures the time (in seconds) it takes to execute a custom action script comprising 47 commonly-used, memory-intensive processes on a 21 megapixel image, using Adobe Photoshop CS3. Lower times are better.

    -TrippinBimmer
    Interesting. PS is a 32-bit app and can't actually address more than 4GB of RAM, but I suppose with the added 2GB buffer, more of that memory is available.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    I am pretty new to the Mac Scene. Do we have Bio's Updates? I wonder what is the Difference from the Mid/Late 2009 and Late 2008/Mid2009 MB. I know they have SD card Slots and missing more ports. I wonder the architecture still the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrippinBimmer View Post
    I am pretty new to the Mac Scene. Do we have Bio's Updates? I wonder what is the Difference from the Mid/Late 2009 and Late 2008/Mid2009 MB. I know they have SD card Slots and missing more ports. I wonder the architecture still the same?
    Macs don't use BIOS. They use a next generation technology called EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) that Intel has been trying to get PC makers to adopt since 2005 or so.

    Any EFI updates that your machine may need will be pushed automatically by Software Update just as any other update would be deployed.

    They revamped the entire model lineup in early summer. In addition to renaming the 13" Aluminum MacBook to the 13" MacBook Pro, they also upgraded the screen, added an SD card slot and FW800. The changes were more subtle on the 15" models, which now lose their ExpressCard slot in favor of an SD slot. I can't imagine the chipset is all that different, but it's hard to say.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Macs don't use BIOS. They use a next generation technology called EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) that Intel has been trying to get PC makers to adopt since 2005 or so.

    Any EFI updates that your machine may need will be pushed automatically by Software Update just as any other update would be deployed.

    They revamped the entire model lineup in early summer. In addition to renaming the 13" Aluminum MacBook to the 13" MacBook Pro, they also upgraded the screen, added an SD card slot and FW800. The changes were more subtle on the 15" models, which now lose their ExpressCard slot in favor of an SD slot. I can't imagine the chipset is all that different, but it's hard to say.
    Very nice on the EFI. All we can hope that Intel will release a Update that will use 8gb and able to use the full potential of 64-bit side

    -TrippinBimmer

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    I have a late 08 early 09 2.53 MBP 5,1 and I tried multiple 6GB memory kits from OWC that was manufactured by Hynix and got random kernel panics. OWC was very helpful and stood behind their warranty. They finally shipped me Micron RAM and the 6GB has been stable for over a week now. I should note that I use the dedicated 9600 for video not the energy saver one; there seems to be some issue with that and over 4GB as the Hynix memory would cause immediate panics with it. I am almost afraid to test the 9400 with the 9600 since it is running great.
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    Good to hear....I will be order some more ram later...I really want 8gb

    -TrippinBimmer

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