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Now that 16gb modules exist, Macbook Pro's Sandy Bridge should support 32gb?

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I have a macbook pro from 2010, advertised ram limit is 4gb, I upgraded to 8gb and even read that 16gb works. Now I'm wondering, can the mid 2012 macbook pro models (last that could be disassembled and customized) now support 32gb RAM with the new 16gb modules?

I can't find any definitive answer anywhere, only that Sandy Bridge cpu's should support this, even without a firmware update. I want to sell my current and get this 2012 module, because I prefer 2.5 SSDs, the 1-2tb drives are much cheaper than these new pcie SSDs, and pcie is overkill for what I'm doing.

Yes, I can easily utilize 32gb of ram, without intense cpu consumption. I'm running software like VePro and Cubase 6 if anyone is familiar.

I would get a dell XPS or Zenbook Pro, but these require different SSDs, and have less ram slots. To be honest, the 3615QM isn't very far from a new 6700k, maybe 5-10% performance gains if that.

Thanks!
Edited by Dracarys - 7/26/16 at 11:51pm
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When you say 2010 macbook pro, are you talking about the core 2 duo models?
These may have advertised 4GB max because of a 32bit operating system which wasn't able to address more than around 4GB.
You may have since upgraded OS to a 64bit version which supports more. I'm just guessing though.

Otherwise maybe the 4GB was just what it came with, and the max is higher.

Anyway, depending on the cpu in that laptop, you may not be able to find 16GB modules that are compatible (I've only seen 16GB DDR4 so-dimm modules). I can't see why you won't be able to get 2x8GB Modules going if you've seen other people running 16GB on the same system.
But I'm doubtful you will get 32GB of RAM in it smile.gif
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Yes I have the core duo from 2010, at the time is came with snow leopard or lion which was 32bit. Now I am running El Capitan, flawless with 500gb Crucial M4. I tried a Samsung 840 and 850, those were causing huge issues even with TRIM enabled.

I made a mistake, the 2012 i7s are actually Ivy Bridge, not Sandy bridge. As for the 16gb DDR3 modules, they exist across multiple brand names, here's one link:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1170903&gclid=Cj0KEQjwt-G8BRDktsvwpPTn1PkBEiQA-MRsBSJ3u0z3eLZxcyD_ZP4_Qgm1clkHGeSOeAOcJfZPjqQaApBU8P8HAQ&is=REG&A=details&Q=
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Originally Posted by spinFX View Post

When you say 2010 macbook pro, are you talking about the core 2 duo models?
These may have advertised 4GB max because of a 32bit operating system which wasn't able to address more than around 4GB.
You may have since upgraded OS to a 64bit version which supports more. I'm just guessing though.

Otherwise maybe the 4GB was just what it came with, and the max is higher.

Anyway, depending on the cpu in that laptop, you may not be able to find 16GB modules that are compatible (I've only seen 16GB DDR4 so-dimm modules). I can't see why you won't be able to get 2x8GB Modules going if you've seen other people running 16GB on the same system.
But I'm doubtful you will get 32GB of RAM in it smile.gif
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