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Aug 10, 2013, 01:22 PM
 
I have a macbook pro 15-inch Early 2008. The specs say it maxes out at 4GB (2 x 2) which I have. I've checked newegg and crucial and neither has options for increasing it. Is it possible? Any suggestions?
     
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Aug 10, 2013, 01:36 PM
 
Your notebook officially supports 4 GB, but has been tested and actually supports 6 GB. (4 + 2)

OWC RAM upgrades page
     
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Aug 13, 2013, 07:56 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Your notebook officially supports 4 GB, but has been tested and actually supports 6 GB. (4 + 2)

OWC RAM upgrades page
Hmm. 6? Is it worth the upgrade? It's too bad it cant support 8 at 4+4.
     
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Aug 14, 2013, 03:58 AM
 
If you are currently paging out in normal work, then yes, upgrading to 6 GB is worth it.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Aug 15, 2013, 02:49 PM
 
You should also find out what is taking up the 4GB. I find that Firefox is a huge memory hog, so if you are using Firefox, you might be better off with Safari.
     
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Aug 16, 2013, 11:42 AM
 
not using Firefox. Just Mail, Safari and Steam and I'd just like to see an increase in speed. I added a faster hard drive but didn't see much increase there (not SSD).
     
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Aug 16, 2013, 02:47 PM
 
Originally Posted by shmoolie View Post
not using Firefox. Just Mail, Safari and Steam and I'd just like to see an increase in speed. I added a faster hard drive but didn't see much increase there (not SSD).
Might want to consider an SSD upgrade as well, I have 2x 240GB from OWC… get the 3G version because I don't think your 2008 MBP can take advantage of the 6G version. OWC's site will also tell you what the mac ram you can put in your MPB is.
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Aug 16, 2013, 08:58 PM
 
Maxing out RAM is always a good thing. An SSD will help, too. Keep an eye on Woot - they tend to have really good prices on Corsair SSDs.
     
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Aug 18, 2013, 08:25 PM
 
The RAM upgrade to 6GB is a good idea. But using an SSD will give you a bigger, more noticeable, power boost.
     
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Aug 19, 2013, 03:14 AM
 
Not really. If you're currently paging out in your normal work, then increasing RAM has the biggest benefit. If your working set fits in RAM and you don't really need more beyond more disk cache, an SSD is more effective.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Aug 23, 2013, 10:22 PM
 
onto other topic, I have the exact same model... have you had the video issues withe nVidia 8600 card?
     
   
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