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How To Upgrade RAM On A 2012 MacBook Pro

This is the third RAM install video I’ve done. While nothing has changed this time around, I like to document repairs/upgrades  so that someone may get use out of it.

Check out the writeup and video…

This RAM upgrade is on a new 2012 MacBook Pro 15-inch model. This MacBook came stock with 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately that’s not nearly enough for what I normally do on my MacBook, so why not max it out? The new MacBook Pro take 1600Mhz RAM which is substantially faster then the 2011 model RAM specs.

Like previous models above the 2010 models, the new MacBook Pros can handle 16GB of RAM. This moves for a massive performance increase so long as what you do warrants the upgrade. If you upgrade your RAM this high and don’t actually use that much RAM, you won’t see a huge noticeable difference.

Conduct a test on your MacBook by going through your most intense task through your day-to-day needs, then check Activity Monitor to see if you’re actually using all of your installed RAM. If you still have a a big chunk that’s not in use, it’s safe to say you probably don’t need to upgrade the RAM.

Another big upgrade that can be made is the move from a standard hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD). That would make a huge perceivable difference in performance and load times.

As always, I hope this helps anyone looking to upgrade. Meet me in the comments if you have any questions or successfully upgraded your RAM. I’ve also uploaded a benchmark video test since upgrading be sure to check it out.

I found this RAM kit available for only $119 on Amazon so check that out here if you’re interested in purchasing this kit. I highly recommend it.

Planning on upgrading now?

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  • djromanj

    Great article, I just purchased a new macbook pro 2012 and I’ll definitely update the ram now!

    • Dom

      sweet! Thanks!

  • Jannis

    Great Article and Video! I bought a Macbook Pro and will definitly upgrade the RAM! Thank you!
    PS: Can I embed your video on my blog? :)

    • Dom Esposito

      Hey thanks for the comment! Sure you can embed the video I don’t mind. Link back here if you’d like! Thanks again!

  • Sean Williams

    Hey, just found your video on YouTube. I’ve read a few reviews that this brand of memory in the MacBook Pro has crashed some. What’s your thoughts on that? Any problems? Is there a brand you recommend over another, etc?

    • Dom Esposito

      In all honesty, I’ve used this brand of RAM in all of my MacBooks without any issues. The brand also carries a good manufacturer warranty in case you run into any problems. I’d go with this or anything from Kingston. They make great RAM as well.

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