Yes, you sure can install 8GB of memory into a 2010 MacBook Pro when it comes to maxing out the ram on your computer. I recommend doing this completely and fully. It is the best dollar you can spend on your Apple MacBook, besting in most cases any other upgrade you could imagine for your MacBook Pro.
For the 2010 MacBook Pro models, you will need to **buy 4GB x2 memory upgrades **and replace the factory ram from Apple (usually 2GB x 2) with the larger 4GB Apple MacBook Pro RAM. Some memory stores will buy back your old RAM, or you can sell the smaller memory modules online at such places like eBay or craigslist to help offset the cost of upgrading your 2010 MacBook Pro for maximum performance with the most ram allowable and recognizeable by your professional Apple Computer.
MacBook Pro memory upgrades come in two flavors: generic and name brand. Both options are just fine, and the best ram for MacBook Pro is the memory you feel most comofortbale with. Name brand ram might offer value to you if you would prefer not to install generic ram, but the generic memory I track prices for will work just fine and you get the added benefit of saving money on memory upgrades – up to 50% off the name brand vendor but you still can trust the generic memory store as all memory stores I track prices for are reputable memory stores that have been with me for at very least a decade and offer money back gaurantees and warranties for your MacBook Pro RAM upgrade in the slight chance that there’s something wrong with your MacBook RAM, but it’s unlikely. In 14 years of monitoring ram prices, I can count the complaints about the memory stores I track on one hand and yet over the years I have helped thousands save money on memory upgrades.
Here’s some current prices on MacBook Pro 2010 memory:
Yes, there will be online stores claiming to have the cheapest ram prices or the largest memory store but here at ramseeker you are presented with real time price updates from memory vendors you can trust when shopping for memory upgrades at the best price online.
Specializing in Apple computers, I help you get the best deal on ram upgrades from a selection of online memory stores that offer low prices and most important – support – both pre-sale and post-sale for your memory or hard drive buy, as both of these are the two best upgrades you can do for your computer, regardless of make. (notebook batteries might also be considered a worthy upgrade as witthout power even the best computer with the most RAM and biggest hard drive is useless).
Back to the RAM Prices. What I do isn’t rocket science. I make note of the memory prices online from various stores and report the prices to you with a link where you can buy the best ram you need at the best price just by clicking on the price
Lowest prices for popular Apple computer models are in a quick and easy to read table right on the front page of ramseeker and if you need more, just select the computer memory you need. I list computer memory by speed, so you will have to do your homework to find out what type of memory you need to buy before you use my chart. The memory stores online I track ram prices all offer memory configurators too so when you need more ram all you have to do is find your exact computer model to find the computer memory you need at the best price online
Now that we have that out of the way, I need to clarify a bit. First, for the most part I specialize in Apple Computer Memory Upgrades for the most part, so if you’re in the market for the cheapest Dell memory, or HP memory or where to buy cheap memory in Canada let’s say I may or may not be the resource you want. Some of the memory stores I track and monitor memory prices for also specialize in PC Memory, but for the most part I stick to what I know – and that’s Apple computer memory.
If you’re in the market for the cheapest ram to buy I think it’s my duty to advise you that the cheapest ram might not be the deal you think it is. In fact, it’s probably in your best interest to buy RAM from an established memory store or even better if you’re a Mac user is a store that specializes in Mac Memory. You may not buy the cheapest RAM this way but you will get hassle free RAM with lifetime support from memory sellers that actually know what RAM you need to buy – regardless of Mac or PC.
RAM is so cheap these days, as long as you buy it from an established computer memory manufacturer, it seems almost silly to worry about whether you saved a few percent over some other store as the price difference from most trusted stores usually only differs about the same as the cost of a cup of coffee.
Buy RAM from a fair and trusted memory store and you will have no problems with your memory upgrade which is worth more than any savings on RAM you might find from lesser memory resellers. Worry about support and quality – not the cheapest price.
The memory type the Apple MacBook Pro’s use depends on how new (or old) your Apple MacBook Pro is. If you have a brand new Apple MacBook Pro the answer is easy, as these new MacBook Pro models for 2010 use DDR3 1066Mhz SDRAM so-dimms that are on sale from a wide selection of trusted memory shops.
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It’s purely speculation on my part, but as we hit the 2011 calendar year, I think we will see a new MacBook Pro release soon that will use the faster DDR3 1333MHz memory specification, as both the Apple iMac and Mac Pro already run at this speed so it’s just a matter of time until the new MacBook Pro’s use faster ram as well.
But I’m not an Apple Rumor website, and for now the current MacBook Pros can run DDR3 1066Mhz SDRAM sodimm and can accept up to 8GB of RAM. 16GB of RAM is not yet supported in any MacBook Pro currently shipping but that too will change soon enough I’m guessing.
MacBook Pro DDR3 1066MHz Memory Prices
Now that we have determined what kind of DDR3 RAM the MacBook Pro uses, the next step is to determine where to buy MacBook Pro RAM and I can help you with that as I have been tracking and monitoring RAM prices for not just the current MacBook Pro models but older models too:
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MacBook Pro memory is so cheap that when you compare the cost of maxing out your MacBook Pro with RAM compared to what you paid for the computer in the first place, it just seems like a no brainer to me to upgrade the RAM as much as you can on Apple’s professional notebook computer model.
Why? Buying memory from pretty much any memory store will be cheaper than if you bought RAM from Apple directly. To their credit, Apple does offer you the ability to buy the computer and then fill Mac with RAM at time of purchase online. This means you don’t have to replace RAM, as you would have to do if you were to buy your Apple Computer separately and then upgrade, as most of us do.
The downside of buying your Apple computer, and then buying RAM from a much more affordable source is that you are left with the original RAM to deal with. You can sell your memory which will offset the cost of your RAM purchase, but there’s more effort and steps involved if you decide not to buy RAM from the Apple Store.
If you’re buying a new Mac from Apple, and the extra cost is no big deal to you, than just order your new Mac with the RAM you want and be done and happy with your new Apple Computer.
If you are already in possession of your Apple Computer and want to upgrade the RAM, and want to save money on RAM then the smart thing to do is upgrade the memory yourself and deal with the factory memory that you pull from your mac. You can sell the ram on eBay, make a keychain, give it away – the choice is yours, but if you’ve already got a Mac to upgrade, then no, do not buy RAM from the Apple Store.