RAM upgrade 8gb or 16gb

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Hi guys, new to the site, new to mac's, iv'e recently moved from the dark side and purchased a mid 2012 13" macbook pro (non ratina) i5, i want to start by upgrading the ram, now i've looked on apple's website and it says it only supports 8gb of ram, (4x2), but i have watched YT videos of people installing 16gb (8x2), when i run the crucial memory program it says 8gb but if i check manually on crucial it also offers me 16gb.....i'm confused, is there any guru's here that can clear this conundrum up for me....
 
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2011 27" iMac, 1TB(partitioned) SSD, 20GB, OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan
Apple's info is not correct!! And welcome to mac-forums.

Check here for your exact model:
Apple MacBook Pro Specs (All MacBook Pro Tech Specs) @ EveryMac.com

And no doubt it will say something like:

"Standard RAM: 4 GB Maximum RAM: 16 GB*
Details: 4 GB of RAM is installed as two 2 GB modules, no slots free.

*Apple officially supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM, but third-parties have determined that this model actually is capable of using up to 16 GB of RAM with two 8 GB memory modules."
 
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I would say if you want the most from your system for the next 5 years, upgrade to 16gb. But if your a office user, web surfer or just listen to music. Then 8GB is the best price/performance ratio on the market.

4GB is barely enough IMHO. Going up to 8GB essentially doubles your over all system speed. However going to 16GB is about 12% boost in system speed. But if you run heavy video like 4k or graphics editing, you will notice a much larger boost in speed going to 16GB..

If I bought a new one tomorrow, it would have 16GB.

Cheers,
Joe
 

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