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MacBook Pro - MBP upgrade to 4 gigs?


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I am looking into getting 4 gigs of memory of newegg. I am curious if there is a difference between memory advertised as apple compatible and just regular plain jane pc-5300 notebook memory. Thanks.
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I use pc2-5400 in my MB

PC2-5400 and 5300 are the same deal so I say go for it as long as your MBP supports it!
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just make sure you don't buy it from apple...
$1,000 for 4gigs is unbelievable
got mine from newegg for $74


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just make sure you don't buy it from apple...
$1,000 for 4gigs is unbelievable
got mine from newegg for $74
No kidding I was looking at Ncix (Canadian parts company) and they had a dual channel kit for 99$ Canadian.
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RAM is pretty much all the same within it's classes i.e.: 5300, 2600, etc. Just keep your original RAM chips in case you need to send it back to Apple for repair. Apple RAM is no better, IMHO than anything else as long as whatever you are buying has a replacement guarantee of worth. I have 4GB of OWC RAM in my MB and it runs just fine.

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How do I know if it is compatible with a mac? I ordered some cheap 80 dollars 2x2 gig sticks off newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231135
and am just curious if I can expect them to be fine. People reported them working in Mac's so I can't help but wonder.
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i got a mbp 2.16ghz and i got 2gb ram already, but i was wondering if the max for my model is 3gb?? cause i think only the newer chipset can handle 4gb. also you think there would be a difference from 2 to 3 or not worth it?



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I use pc2-5400 in my MB

PC2-5400 and 5300 are the same deal so I say go for it as long as your MBP supports it!
The 5400 RAM will work with faster refresh rates but will work fine in machines like ours that call for the slower 5300 spec.

I am using 2-2GB sticks (total 4GB) of 5400 in mine...

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Both 3GB and 4GB have worked in my MB. The performance was pretty large going from 2GB to 3GB, but not quite as much going to 4GB. Haven't seen any beachballs in quite a while now...




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Along these same lines.....I've ordered 4g of ram from Crucial.com for my MBP 2.4ghz and was wondering if there is documentation online somewhere that shows where/how to replace the ram in a MBP? (I've done this many times on a pc but never on a mac.) Is the memory accessible from the bottom? Thanks for any help.
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Here you go
http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/MacB...Core-2-Duo/115
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Perfect.....thank you!
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I'm also considering upgrading my new MBP from 2 Gig to 4 Gig. I have to say that, while I have a fairly good understanding of software, I don't understand some of the innerworkings of computer hardware.
When you talk about speed... (rendering of video, opening and closing and running large programs like pro tools... running high quality audio live on stage with reliability ) how much has to do with your processor and how much to do with RAM?
In other words, should I expect much better render times, etc.., with 4 gigs of ram or will it be overkill....
Or is it just too cheap to NOT buy???
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When you talk about speed... (rendering of video, opening and closing and running large programs like pro tools... running high quality audio live on stage with reliability ) how much has to do with your processor and how much to do with RAM?
In other words, should I expect much better render times, etc.., with 4 gigs of ram or will it be overkill....
Or is it just too cheap to NOT buy???
I have very little experience with high-end audio software, but I DO have experience with high-end graphics programs and the more RAM the better. I'm sure it's the same with audio apps. If you have multiple programs open at the same time a memory upgrade will definitely give you a performance boost.

Plus, upgrading memory is a heck of a lot cheaper than upgrading your processor (which could also mean buying a whole new motherboard, which essentially could lead to buying a whole new machine). With how cheap memory is nowadays, I'd say make the jump to 4gb. I'm positive you'll see an increase in performance!
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ANYTHING thats 5300 or 5400 will work.

i read an article a few months ago stating that its all in how Manufacturers round digits with the memory. They are the same.

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