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Adding 8GB memory to the MacBook Pro

See also: my review of the 2008 unibody 15" and 17" 2009 MacBook Pro as well as Pimp my MacBook Pro.

I just got word (tonight) from OWC that several models of the latest incarnation of the 15" MacBook Pro now support 8GB of memory, just like the latest 17" model.

This is a big deal for me: I do not want to lug a 17" laptop when traveling, but I also want 8GB in it. So now that’s possible, and there’s good reason to want 8GB, not the least of which is working with many files or large files in Photoshop. See Optimizing Photoshop as well as my previous review of the OWC 6GB/8GB kits.

MacBook Pro models that support 8GB memory: the MacBook Pro March 2009 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz models (15" or 17"). The OWC memory page is not yet updated to reflect this finding, but will be soon.

The current and former 2.4GHz models, and slightly older 2.53GHz and 2.83GHz models are limited to 6GB, a real shame for anyone who bought a little too early—remember that when Apple introduces a new machine, waiting 4-6 months to buy is wise. Of course, the 1

How does OWC know this? Because they go to the considerable expense of actually buying the Macs for which they sell memory—remember that the next time you buy memory for your Mac—support vendors that do it right.


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