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Upgrade of mid-2012 MBP to 16GB RAM actually work?

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I've got a 15-inch mid-2012 non-Retina MacBook Pro. Apple's website explicitly states that the maximum RAM supported on this machine is 8GB, but I see that Crucial is selling an upgrade to 16GB for my machine.

http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/viewscanbyid.aspx?id=A978FEAC31D926C3

 

(I found this link by using the Crucial System Scanner, and also verified the stated compatibility with my machine by using Crucial's compatibility chart.)

 

I telephoned AppleCare and spoke to a senior person, who reported back that the reason that Apple's website lists the 8GB maximum for my machine is that the motherboard won't "see" anything past 8GB of RAM. He said I could install the 16GB of RAM but that it wouldn't do any good.

 

Since Crucial is actually selling 16GB of RAM for my machine, either Apple or Crucial is misinformed.

 

Can someone please comment whether you have ever upgraded from 8GB to 16GB of RAM on this model of MBP, and if it made a difference? Metrics would help if you have them!

 

Thank you.

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Crucial_Junket
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Re: Upgrade of mid-2012 MBP to 16GB RAM actually work?

Hi hatomie,

 

I have had a look in to this system for you and I can guarantee that it will support 16GB of memory no problem at all.  We sometimes recommend more than what the manufacturer originally states.  We can do this as we test our memory in the system before making a recommendation.

 

This system will support and run 16GB of memory no problem at all.

Junket, Crucial Moderator UK
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Re: Upgrade of mid-2012 MBP to 16GB RAM actually work?

Ouch. Perhaps the memory will fit, but consider your warranty before you march forward. 

I have a mid 2012 15" MacBook Pro with the Retina display, and 500G flash drive. I also ran the Crucial Memory App, and found that 16GB of RAM was offered "guaranteed" by Crucial to fit into my Mac. I had 8GB installed, but use the Mac to game and thought a RAM upgrade would benefit me. I've trusted Crucial (and still do) for years. All my memory upgrades come from Crucial, and I recommend them. However..

 

I received the memory, then proceeded to research how to install it. 

After a lot of searching, I finally called Apple. I have AppleCare (APP) on my Mac. 

No go, very much no go. Apple tells me the memory is soldered onto the motherboard on the Retina MacBook. Upgrades are only offered through Apple certified centeres, or my warranties are both void. Likewise, 8GB was the max memory Apple allows. The Tech likewise told me adding over Apple's recommended amount voids my warranty. 

 

That last part may apply to you. If Apple states 8GB is the max, and your computer is under warranty, then I'd get something from Apple in writing before installing over that amount. 

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Re: Upgrade of mid-2012 MBP to 16GB RAM actually work?

Hi DocHolliday,

 

A Retina Display MacBook Pro is different from a standard MacBook Pro system and we don't recommend any RAM upgrades for it.   We are aware that it's fixed to the board and we don't recommend memory for the Retina Display models.

 

The system I was talking about with the other user was not Retina Display and was fully checked to support 16GB of memory.

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Re: Upgrade of mid-2012 MBP to 16GB RAM actually work?

What about a mid-2012 13" MBP that came with 4GB RAM??? Can I upgrade that to 16GB? It also says on Apple's website that the max for my laptop is 8GB. (It's non-retina)

 

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      Adiel

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Crucial_YogiH
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Re: Upgrade of mid-2012 MBP to 16GB RAM actually work?

Hi 1avatar38,

 

What is your processor speed of your mid-2012 MBP? Once we have this information we would be happy to pull up your system. Most of the 2012 Mac Book Pros can upgrade to 16GB, however :smileyhappy:

 

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Re: Upgrade of mid-2012 MBP to 16GB RAM actually work?

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I have a question similar to others here.  I ran the Crucial Scanner, and it indicates 16 GB RAM is guaranteed compatible.  Apple's website lists 8GB as the maximum supported by my machine.  

 

My question is whether the machine will recognize the 16 GB and use the full function of it.  I do not want to order it and go through the hassle of installing it, only to find out 8 GB is really the ceiling.  

 

I have a MacBook Pro, 13-inch, Early 2011.  2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, came with 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3.  [Non-Retina, of course, as Retina was not available then.]

 

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Upgrade of mid-2012 MBP to 16GB RAM actually work?

Hi sunrocket,

 

I have had a look in to this model for you and we do recommend 16GB of memory for that model.  It's guaranteed to be compatible and we have tested it in that model.

 

You can see all the available upgrade options HERE.  Every recommendation we make has been tested and is guaranteed to be compatible.  

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Re: Upgrade of mid-2012 MBP to 16GB RAM actually work?

Junket, thanks for your reply.   I will go ahead with upgrade.

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mikekouk
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Re: Upgrade of mid-2012 MBP to 16GB RAM actually work?

Did you finally manage to get and use the system with the extra memory? do you actually see any difference?  I have a 15" 2.6GHz i7, with 8GB RAM (2X4GB) bought September 2012 and wonder if it actually helps to add extra. I run Parallels and the 8gb is really not enough...

would i need to sell the two 4GBs memories and buy 2 8GB...any site to do this?

 

thank you!