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    Upgrading RAM on Macbook Pro 2008
    Hi,

    I read this on the Apple site, which pertains to my model: MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory

    This has me sort of confused, it says DDR3 there, but then below it says DDR2 - does this mean that I can put DDR3 successfully, or not?

    Do I need to use SODIMM RAM?

    In either case, where is a reliable source of inexpensive, compatible RAM?

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    Some of the MBPs cam with DDR2 and some with DDR3. These memory types are NOT COMPATIBLE.

    Best place to double check is by clicking on the Apple Logo in the upper left and then clicking "About This Mac"

    That will tell you the type of memory that you have, and need. A few great vendors are NewEgg and OWC.

    Performance Upgrades; FireWire USB SATA Storage; Memory, more at OWC

    Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

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    According to Mactracker

    Early 2008 Macbook Pro
    2 - 200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM

    Late 2008 Macbook Pro
    2 - 204-pin PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM


    OWC's utility is excellent at detecting the type of RAM you have btw.
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    His title says 2008. Looking at Apple's site, some of the 2008's came with DDR2 and others with DDR3

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Stormin View Post
    His title says 2008. Looking at Apple's site, some of the 2008's came with DDR2 and others with DDR3
    Indeed. Hence why I listed both vintages from 2008
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    Reread your post...

    According to Mactracker

    Early 2011 Macbook Pro
    2 - 200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM

    Late 2011 Macbook Pro
    2 - 204-pin PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM


    OWC's utility is excellent at detecting the type of RAM you have btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Stormin View Post
    Reread your post...
    lol Ok, I typed 2011 out of habit. Let me correct.

    btw, in case you're wondering.. 2011 is all 204-pin PC-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM
    mike
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    No worries. I keep using 2011 everywhere, even at work. It's been frustrating...

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