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    Best Memory Upgrade - Mid 2012 13" MBP
    So i recently purchased my 13" MBP from Apple about a week ago, naturally i cannot leave good enough alone.

    I purchased it with the standard HDD knowing i would be swapping in my existing Kingston HyperX SSD i had laying around.

    That was a nice upgrade and made things quite a bit faster.

    Now im looking to upgrade the 4 gigs of ram. I have read that this laptop will support 16GB of ram, even though apple says 8.

    Is there a recommended brand people run? I found this Ram on a quick google search.
    Computer memory upgrades for Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch, Mid 2012) Laptop/Notebook from Crucial.com

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    We usually recommend purchasing ram from one of these two suppliers:

    - Crucial
    - OWC

    Not only because they sell ram that works with Mac's...but also because they have lifetime warranty's on the ram they sell, they have great customer service, and they have no hassle returns.

    Your link is already Crucial...so good to go there already! If you want to go for the 16gig upgrade...go for it!

    - Nick
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    2012 MacBook Pro 13" 2.5GHz i5 16GB
    Seriously? A MBP 13" can take 16GB Ram? Why does Apple say it is limited to 8GB? When you say it will run with 16GB installed, does that mean the MBP is USING all of that memory or just 8GB of that ram?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drathbun View Post
    Seriously? A MBP 13" can take 16GB Ram? Why does Apple say it is limited to 8GB? When you say it will run with 16GB installed, does that mean the MBP is USING all of that memory or just 8GB of that ram?
    Occasionally some computer models can use more ram than Apple officially states. This is sometimes due to the fact that when the computer was released...higher density ram modules weren't available.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Yep 16GB. OWC are Mac specialist and do not make mistakes like that:-

    OWC 1600DDR3S16P 16.0GB (8GBx2) PC3-12800 DDR3L... in stock at OWC
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Thanks for the tip. I just upgraded to 16GB of RAM in my mid 2012 MacBook Pro 13". I'm so much happier and running faster than ever!

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    Late 2011 13" MBP 2.4 GHz i5 16gb RAM, Early 2008 Mac Pro 2.8Ghz 8-Core Xeon 6gb RAM OSX 10.9.x
    I got 16gb of RAM and I absolutely love it, best mod so far!
    Past Macs: Power PC G4 996mhz, Power PC G5 quad-core, 2006 13" Macbook Intel Core Duo

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    2012 MacBook Pro 13" 2.5GHz i5 16GB
    Will a 15" MBP retina display take 16GB RAM?

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    Will a 15" MBP retina display take 16GB RAM?
    Sure, if you order the top of the line 15" MBP as it comes with 16 GB of memory. The retina MacBook Pro machines come pre-configured for memory and can not be upgraded.

    You will have to pay $2599.00 US if you wish to have 16 GB of memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drathbun View Post
    Will a 15" MBP retina display take 16GB RAM?
    If you're talking about the brand new models...yes. But you MUST choose it as an upgrade at time of purchase (cannot be upgraded later).

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    But you MUST choose it as an upgrade at time of purchase (cannot be upgraded later).
    I think what you meant Nick is that you have to choose the pre-configured model.... None of them can be upgraded for memory. They're all pre-configured with memory set in.

    Bad news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    I think what you meant Nick is that you have to choose the pre-configured model.... None of them can be upgraded for memory. They're all pre-configured with memory set in.
    That's what I meant by "upgraded at time of purchase". Maybe "pre-configured" is a better way of putting it.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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