When upgrading an Apple MacBook Pro, this is the question you need to ask when deciding what ram upgrades to buy for your MacBook Pro. Regardless of year your MacBook Pro is you’ll more than likely want to upgrade the ram to at least 8GB of RAM and if your MacBook Pro can handle it – 16GB of ram.
How to Tell How Much RAM You Can Install in Your Apple MacBook Pro
One of the easier ways to tell how much memory to buy for your MacBook Pro is to check how much ram you currently have installed. Every MacBook Pro usually ships with half the RAM that it allows. For example, if you have 4GB of RAM installed, the most ram you can install is twice that at 8GB. There’s exceptions to this rule due to the fact that in some instances, the larger memory chips were not available for sale at the time of the MacBook Pro’s release date but are available now for sale. One resource for checking the maximum memory is right the top of this page via the menus where I list the maximum MBP ram for every Mac.
To check how much ram you currently have installed, just go to the apple menu at the top left hand corner of your screen and select About This Mac. After you do this you will see a window that will display the version of the operating system you are running but also the amount of ram you have installed and also what type and speed of ram you have too.
This last piece of info might just be the most important because when armed with ram type you could just buy twice the RAM you have installed and you would double the ram in your MacBook Pro for more performance. Admittedly, this is not usually the best way to go about this as it’s a bit of a guess.
Use a Memory Selector
When you use a memory selector, you take the guesswork out of the RAM you need as you usually fill in 3 pieces of information to buy the ram you need:
- Computer Brand (Apple)
- Computer Type ( MacBook Pro)
- Computer Name (or sometimes speed)
With this, the memory selector can tell you what ram you need with a link to buying the ram you need – you don’t need to visit another site to get the ram you need, as the store with the memory selector will sell you the RAM. OWC, MemoryX, OEMPCWORLD and Data Memory Systems are all vendors of memory that offer memory selectors to get you the ram you need. This is the best way to decide whether you need to buy 8GB or 16GB for your MacBook Pro (or, if you’re rocking a real old MacBook Pro – even 4GB of ram might be the maximum you can buy.
RAM for MacBook Pros is Cheap
Consider this: The cheapest MacBook Pro you can buy costs $1300. A ram upgrade for this Apple computer costs less than $150.00 for 16GB of MacBook Pro Memory and less than $75.00 for 8GB of RAM. If you install the 16GB option it will cost you a bit more than ten percent of the initial cost of your MacBook Pro to max out your ram. When you buy the MacBook Pro with less ram than maximum you are buying a computer that’s crippled by the amount of upgrade installed from the factory. Do yourself a favor and buy the most ram you can for your MacBook Pro.