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  • Apple MacBook Pro Can Now Sport 16GB of RAM

    Remember when Apple said that 8GB was the max RAM a MacBook Pro could allow?

    Apple wasn't exactly lying when they said that 8GB was the maximum. The reason they said this is because there was no such technology available that could allow your MacBook Pro to have more than 8GB. With current technologies, the most you could upgrade to was 8GB because that's all that modern engineers have been able to cram into a laptop RAM module. This is contained within the Apple ecosystem of laptops though. Compatible 16GB modules have never existed. However there have been 16GB RAM laptops in the past.

    Until now, that is. Crucial, a factory-direct seller of RAM, sports a 16GB RAM upgrade for the MacBook Pro. The 16GB upgrade sports two 8GB modules. This technology is so new that it doesn't come cheap. Cramming that much memory into a laptop RAM stick isn't cheap to make and because of that, even factory-direct, the 16GB upgrade costs $620. Yes, that's absolutely outrageous. People can buy solid state drives for less than that. But this kind of power packed into the small size of laptop RAM is very costly for the manufacturers who make the RAM. The 8GB upgrade from Crucial is what I have in my MacBook pro. The upgrade cost me $54 for two 4GB modules. It seems like a huge leap from $54 to the next best thing; 16GB at $620. Is it worth it? I'd say no. But if you're absolutely crazy and want the most power you can get in your MacBook Pro, then someone will certainly do it. I will be happy with my 8GB for now....

    Below is a screenshot of the product from Crucial's Web Site:


    If you're interested in shelling out $620 for this absolutely jaw-dropping amount of *MacBook Pro* RAM, then you can purchase it here from Crucial's Web Site. Apple said that 8GB was the maximum amount of memory that a MacBook Pro could have, but only because of current technological advances. Crucial has a company guarantee that this memory will work with your computer. If it does not, it's a money-back guarantee. The pricing is not a typo. You can also buy a single 8GB module of memory here for $310. That's half of what the 16GB cost, so it's certainly on par with the pricing, it's certainly not a typo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crucial
    Guaranteed-compatible with the Apple MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch)
    They certainly guarantee compatibility. So maybe as this technology grows, Apple will begin offering it in their customizations. Since these are 8GB apiece, this means that iMac users could potentially have up to 32GB of RAM in their computers. That's absolutely nuts. How about having 16GB of RAM for your Mac desktop and sharing the other 16GB with a Windows 7 or Linux virtual Machine at the same time? That virtual machine would be more efficient than the desktop here at my desk behind my MacBook! Absolutely jaw-dropping.

    RAM Specs:
    • Module Size: 16GB kit (8GBx2)
    • Package: 204-pin SODIMM
    • Feature: DDR3 PC3-10600
    • Specs: DDR3 PC3-10600 CL=9 Unbuffered NON-ECC DDR3-1333 1.35V 1024Meg x 64

    What do you think of this crazy new availability? Absolutely leave comments about the pricing below! We're interested in hearing what you think!

    Sources: Crucial
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple MacBook Pro Can Now Sport 16GB of RAM started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. duckster's Avatar
      duckster -
      correct me if i'm wrong....but i clicked on the links to the crucial website, and it states $379 for 16GB kit and $189 for the single 8GB...did they change the prices?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by duckster View Post
      correct me if i'm wrong....but i clicked on the links to the crucial website, and it states $379 for 16GB kit and $189 for the single 8GB...did they change the prices?
      yeah it looks like they changed it since I wrote this.
    1. amyking's Avatar
      amyking -
      great