Upgrading RAM questions

Sep 27, 2011
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Ok, I've searched the forums but can't find anything on 'matching memory modules' ...

My gear :

Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro7,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2,66 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 1,07 GHz

From what I understand this is a mid-2010 model, and the memory is upgradeable to 8GB? Please advise if this is wrong?

Ok, this is my first Apple computer, and I love it. I want to upgrade the RAM for the following reasons...
- I am a stock trader and run Windows 7(Mon-Fri) through VMWARE Fusion to use my trading programs. I have 1024 MB of my 4GB allocated to running Windows. I've noticed alot of lag occassionally.
- I am a guitarist who uses Logic Pro quite frequently ( while Windows is running)

I want to upgrade my RAM to the max, ie 8 GB. Bank 0 currently has 2 GB in it, while bank 1 also has 2 GB.

Please advise what the best way to install my new memory would be? ie. I read at Crucial that the best way to install my memory would be to use matching memory modules. But seeing as I have 4GB that works perfectly fine, can't I just buy a 4 GB module and install it in one bank? Or would that leave me with 6GB of RAM? or would the best thing to do be buy 2 x 4GB modules?

Sorry for being so long-winded but wanted to give you as much info as possible seeing as I am a newbie .

I am from South Africa and saw these for sale- any good? Patriot Signature Apple 4Gb 1066Mhz Ddr3, Electronics - kalahari.com

Cheers and thanks!


Retired Staff
Jul 24, 2008
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Your Mac's Specs
MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
You only have two slots to put memory in. You have 2X 2GB in your slots now. If you want 8GB you would need 2X4GB.


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Jan 23, 2008
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Keller, Texas
Your Mac's Specs
2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 8, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, Numerous iPods, Monterey
Your machine uses: 2 - 204-pin PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM

So yes, that will work.

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