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16Gb RAM upgrade for MacBook Pro

I have a 2011 13” MacBook Pro (Thunderbolt model) which is my main workhorse machine, I wanted a highly specified machines that was very portable and this absolutely fitted the bill (if it was VERY expensive) – buy the best, or buy twice as someone I know always says, and I’ve come round to his way of thinking!

When I ordered it the maximum amount of RAM you could order was 8Gb, Crucial have since released a 16GB upgrade (2 x 8GB SODIMM modules) – you can find out if your MBP can take it from this link

The following is what I ordered..

  • CT2625478 16GB kit (8GBx2), 204-pin SODIMM Upgrade for a Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011) System    £242.99 (Ex. VAT)
  • CTSCRDRVRPH0 Screwdriver for Upgrading Notebook Memory    £2.49 (Ex. VAT)

Obviously you don’t have to order the screwdriver but I needed a new one and it perfectly fitted the small screws to remove the underside of the case.

It’s very simple to fit, just remove the screws from the underside, making sure you note which hole they match up to as there are two different lengths, pop out the existing modules and screw it back together. done.

And, the finished result..


Very cool as I can now use Fusion 4 to run a multi node nested ESXi cluster (ala vTARDIS), Hyper-V and my normal Windows 7 VM all on a single machine, mine also has an SSD so it’s about as fast as it can get with that workload.

Crucial probably isn’t the cheapest place to get these from, but by the time you factor in your effort tracking down cheaper modules and running the risk that you may have to return them if they turn out to be incompatible just isn’t worth the bother IMHO.

They seem to have a 5% discount offer which may or may not work in your country – the code is BOOKFIVE which applies to DRAM, solid-state drives and a variety of accessories.

This sticker was part of an overall upgrade process, and was secondary in importance to the following sticker for anyone who regularly reads Smile


4 responses to “16Gb RAM upgrade for MacBook Pro

  1. Dave Convery January 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    So now that you have had this RAM for a while, is your MBP stable?

  2. Paul Braren February 29, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Did a similar 16GB upgrade for my Lenovo W520 I call “tZilla”
    also boosting storage to SSD mSATA for boot, and 2 1TB drives in a RAID0 for data.
    wish Mac had more drive bays/storage options internally…

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  4. David Hill March 9, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Just wondering if you put the screws in the right holes?

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