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Installing 16GB RAM In Your MacBook Pro / mini

Article ID = 96
Article Title = Installing 16GB RAM In Your MacBook Pro / mini
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 27th February 2013
Article Last Updated = 16th May 2016
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?96

Article Brief Description:
How to install / upgrade your Apple MacBook Pro / mini with 16GB RAM

Installing 16GB RAM In Your MacBook Pro / mini

Older models can only have a maximum of 8GB. Newer models have fixed RAM on the motherboard so cannot be upgraded. The models that can be eaisily and cheaply upgraded are listed in this article. Although Apple may have sold some of these models with a maximum of 8GB RAM these models can actually take 16GB RAM and will have no problem running with 16GB. Each of these compatible computers has two RAM slots so you need two memory chips to obtain the full 16GB. Check the listings below for your model of computer to see if it can easily and cheaply take 16GB RAM.
Q. Which Mac do I have?
A. You can check "Processor", "Memory" and macOS/OS X/Mac OS X "Version" by going to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary (hint - clicking on the version number will give you the "build" number).
A. To check your Mac's "Model Name" go to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary > check for the computer name in the top line e.g. "MacBook Pro" (this can only be checked with OS X 10.7 or later)
A. To check your Mac's model date version go to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary > check the details after the Model Name e.g. "Early 2015" (this can only be checked with OS X 10.7 or later) - to be more specific and exact you can check what "Model Identifier" your Mac has by:
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Profiler application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 or OS X 10.8 go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right under 'Hardware Overview'.
  • If you are running OS X 10.9 or later go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "Overview" tab in the top left > click the "System Report…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right under 'Hardware Overview'.
A. To check what graphics capability your Mac has:
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Profiler application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 or OS X 10.8 go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
  • If you are running OS X 10.9 or later go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "Overview" tab in the top left > click the "System Report…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
A. To check your Mac's "Model Number" it is usually printed/engraved on the outside of the computer somewhere (it usually begins with the letter A or M).
Q. How can I tell which version of macOS / OS X / Mac OS X I am running?
A. Go to Apple menu (top left) > About This Mac > check the version reported for macOS / OS X / Mac OS X.

MacBook Pro 13-inch

  • MacBook Pro 13-inch, Early 2011 (2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5) [Identifier MacBookPro8,1] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch, Early 2011 (2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,1] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch, Late 2011 (2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5) [Identifier MacBookPro9,2] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch, Late 2011 (2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro9,2] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5) [Identifier MacBookPro9,2] PC3-12800 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro9,2] PC3-12800 SO-DIMMs

MacBook Pro 15-inch

  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 (2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,2] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 (2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,2] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 (2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,2] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, Late 2011 (2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,2] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, Late 2011 (2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,2] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, Late 2011 (2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,2] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, Mid 2012 (2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro9,1] PC3-12800 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, Mid 2012 (2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro9,1] PC3-12800 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, Mid 2012 (2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro9,1] PC3-12800 SO-DIMMs

MacBook Pro 17-inch

  • MacBook Pro 17-inch, Early 2011 (2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,3] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 17-inch, Early 2011 (2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,3] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 17-inch, Late 2011 (2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,3] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • MacBook Pro 17-inch, Late 2011 (2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier MacBookPro8,3] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs

mini

  • mini, Mid 2011 (2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5) [Identifier Macmini5,1] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • mini, Mid 2011 (2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5) [Identifier Macmini5,2] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • mini, Mid 2011 (2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier Macmini5,2] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • mini, Late 2012 (2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5) [Identifier Macmini6,1] PC3-12800 SO-DIMMs
  • mini, Late 2012 (2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier Macmini6,2] PC3-12800 SO-DIMMs
  • mini, Late 2012 (2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier Macmini6,2] PC3-12800 SO-DIMMs

mini Server

  • mini Server, Mid 2011 (2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier Macmini5,3] PC-10600 SO-DIMMs
  • mini Server, Late 2012 (2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier Macmini6,2] PC3-12800 SO-DIMMs
  • mini Server, Late 2012 (2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7) [Identifier Macmini6,2] PC3-12800 SO-DIMMs

204-pin PC-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM

MacStrategy highly recommends Kingston Technology RAM as it has a lifetime warranty and they make memory which they officially test and support on Apple computers. You need to order two (2x) of this specification of memory chip. Kingston official part numbers are KCP313SD8/8 (new) or KTA-MB1333/8G (old):
KCP313SD8/8 Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
KTA-MB1333/8G Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA

204-pin PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM

MacStrategy highly recommends Kingston Technology RAM as it has a lifetime warranty and they make memory which they officially test and support on Apple computers. You need to order two (2x) of this specification of memory chip. Kingston official part numbers are KCP316SD8/8 (new) or KTA-MB1600/8G (old):
KCP316SD8/8 Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
KTA-MB1600/8G Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA

Instructions For Installing The RAM

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) RAM upgrade (page 44)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011 or Mid 2012) RAM upgrade (page 44)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) RAM upgrade (page 44)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011 or Mid 2012) RAM upgrade (page 44)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011) RAM upgrade (page 45)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011) RAM upgrade (page 45)
  • mini/mini Server RAM upgrade (page 39)

Article Keywords: install installing upgrade upgrading Apple MacBook Pro mini 16GB RAM memory

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