As I’ve already posted, I’ve been a lucky ‘MacBook Pro’ owner since February 7, 2013! I decided to buy the predecessor one and not the new retina one. Recently, Apple reduced the prices of all MacBook Pro types with retina display.
My MacBook Pro (Mid 2012, MacBookPro9,2, MD101D/A) has got the following specifications:
- 13” display screen
- 2.5 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5
- Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz
- 4 GB 1600 MHz memory
- 500 GB 5400-rpm hard drive
- Intel HD Graphics 400
- OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3
My MacBook Pro i5 had got an interim problem with its motherboard which was replaced with a new one in the meantime. Despite this performance issue, I was not satisfied with the 4GB memory performance. Officially, this type of MacBook can be upgraded with a maximum memory of 8GB (2 x 4GB), but unofficially, there is the option to get a 16GB RAM upgrade (2 x 8 GB) because the Intel i5 processor is capable to manage up to 16GB (so does the Intel i7, too!).
What you need are the following memory card specifications:
- Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
- 67.6mm x 30mm (1.18 inch)
- 2 GB, 4 or 8 GB
- PC3-12800 DDR3 1600 MHz type RAM
A ‘how-to’ change the memory card of a MacBook Pro can be found on the official apple support page. An excellent overview about the maximum upgrade capability of RAM memory of all types of MacBook Pro can be found on EveryMac.com. I bought a Samsung 16GB Dual Channel Kit 2 x 8 GB 204 pin DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM (1600Mhz, PC3-12800S, CL11). Altogether it takes round about 10 minutes to change the 2 memory cards!
Note: The most crucial point is to use the correct screwdriver: What you need is a Philips PH00 screwdriver because of the specific screws of the MacBook unibody construction.
But be aware if you do all this: It’s all on your own risk!
Stay tuned! 😉