Introduction

Upgrade your RAM for a noticeable increase in speed.

  1. Remove the following ten screws:
    • Remove the following ten screws:

      • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

      • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

      • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

      • When replacing the small screws, align them perpendicular to the slight curvature of the case (they don't go straight down).

  2. Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

    • Pull the two RAM retaining arms away from the center of the RAM chip.

    • The RAM chip should "pop" up slightly from its socket.

    • Pull the RAM stick out of its socket.

    • Repeat this process to remove the second RAM chip.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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15 Comments

What kind of ram should I buy? DDR2 or DDR3?

Jason Moon - Reply

It takes only DDR-3 RAM.

oakdragon12 -

Is a 8gb early 2011 macbook pro maxed out, or can I upgrade to 16?

I'm asking because I read in http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.... that it can actually take 16gb. Thanks!

C Eyzag - Reply

Yup! I upgraded to a 16 GB DDR3 Corsair mac memory kit from Newegg and it works like a charm. I got this kit: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a...

screenshots below:

http://i.imgur.com/IqEbFES.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/a2azyuV.jpg

Drew Dittmann -

Is there any difference or problem with the clock speed 1333 mhz or 1600 mhz?

Nasim - Reply

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