Early 2011 model, A1278 / 2.3 GHz i5 or 2.7 GHz i7 processor.

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Can I insert 16Gb RAM into MacBook Pro early 2011?

Can I insert 16Gb RAM into MacBook Pro early 2011?

Apple says that I can upgrade my RAM from 4Gb to 8Gb (2x4Gb RAM's). Is it possible to install 2x8Gb DDR3 1600MHz cards into my Mac?

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You can use two 8GB memory modules (matched) to get to 16GB. Make sure you have updated your EFI/SMC firmware. Follow this Apple TN on how to check and get the firmware EFI & SMC firmware updates for Intel-based Macs

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