Add on RAM?

Mar 28, 2006
Northern Virginia

Which model are you referring to? Do you already have the MBP or are you considering a CTO from Apple? Most will advise NOT buying RAM from Apple as they charge a large premium for something you can do yourself.

You can add RAM to MBPs, but sometimes it can be cost prohibitive. My MBP came with 4 GB and to max it at 6 GB, it would cost over $300 to replace a 2 GB chip for a 4 GB chip. It isn't worth it to ME.

OWC is a great place to buy RAM.

The older MacBook Pro models cannot utilize 4 or more GB RAM. For instance, my early 2007 17" MBP can use just 3 GB and my earlier MBP (2006) could only use 2 GB. It's a good idea to check the exact specs on the machine before doing anything with attempting to update the RAM. The 17" MBPs that came out later in 2007 are able to utilize 4 GB. It's important to be sure whether or not you can upgrade the RAM in any used Mac if that's going to be significant to you.

My 17" MBP is the Core Duo 2 2.33 GHz with the ATI Radeon X1600; it was replaced by the 17" MBP Core Duo 2 2.4 GHz, which has the Nvidia graphics card. My model can only accept 3 GB RAM, whereas the 2.4 GHz one can accept 4 GB RAM.

So check to see which model is being offered and check the specs before buying!
Jan 3, 2007
Tacoma, WA
Real Name
Ken St John
FWIW -- I have a "new" MacBook Pro 13" and just replaced the 2GB that came with it with 2x2GB (4GB total) generic memory from Fry's. Works PERFECTLY!!

Only "tough" part was keeping track of the screws that you take out to remove the bottom. They are TINY!!

As I recall, total cost was $80 or so.


Nov 10, 2008
The original menory went out on my 13" travel MacBook , got 3 beeps on start up and it would not boot.

OTC or other world computing sent me 4 gb from the original 1 gb for $69. I could have just replaced the original 1 for $20.

Anyway, have the model and serial and they have a chart to tell you how much you can use. I could have gone to six.

The 13" runs CS3 and NX 2 very well. Great for travel, but not for home where I use a 24 iMac.
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