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grumpy_dog666
22nd August 2009, 09:40 PM
Got a Macbook Pro 13" Base Model.

Couldn't bother upgrading at the time of purchase but I'm looking at upgrading now.

Looking at getting 4GB of RAM and a 7200RPM HDD Drive.

Do you think there will be some decent performance increases?

What is the benefit of getting 'Apple Certified' SODIMM DDR3?

Will it change how long the battery lasts for?

dche5390
22nd August 2009, 09:53 PM
Apple Certified sodimm? Meh, just get 1066MHZ DDR3 sodimms - where ever is cheapest.
Go for 4GB, I've noticed a difference especially with Parallels running.
I haven't noticed any extra drain in battery so I'll have to say no change to battery life - and this probably covers the 7200 HDD.

rustyshelf
22nd August 2009, 10:34 PM
I upgraded my mbpro with exactly those two things. Don't bother with apple ram just buy 2x2GB from RamCity they come in a kit ;)

As for difference they both make a dent in things compared to 5400rpm and 2GB. If you want a huge perfomance boost and have a bit more money grabbing an SSD hard drive will beat anything else you can do to your machine though. I've done it at work and now it's hard to go back ;)

lazydesi
22nd August 2009, 10:53 PM
Get 2x2gb kit from

MacBook Pro Unibody Memory - 4.0GB (2x2.0GB Kit) PC-8500 DDR3 1066MHz SO-DIMM Memory Upgrade Kit - MacFixit Australia Store (http://www.macfixit.com.au/shop/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=600)

xerodude
22nd August 2009, 11:18 PM
I know it's seriously OTT... but.....

I bought 8gig of ram for my MBP 17" from the USA. Cost me $920AU landed. Unbelievable how this thing runs now. The 7200rpm drive I believe helps too. I gave Vista in Parallels 4gig ram to play with. Runs just fine.

8.0GB (4.0GB + 4.0GB Kit) PC-8500 DDR3... (OWC8566DDR3S8GP) at OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/8566DDR3S8GP/)

grumpy_dog666
23rd August 2009, 12:40 AM
which one would provide a bigger performance increase?

Will 1333MHz not work or just run at the slower speed? in particular these - OCZ Technology | Products | Memory | OCZ PC3-10666 DDR3 SODIMM (http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_pc3_10666_ddr3_sodimm)

xerodude
23rd August 2009, 08:12 AM
Throw as much ram at it as you can.

In my opinion you always want to work in ram and avoid having to swap to the "virtual ram" on the hard disk. Ram is much faster.

mitty
23rd August 2009, 09:02 AM
I bought 4GB of Qimonda RAM from Ramcity.com.au. Runs just fine, don't bother spending more on a brand name like Kingston.

Also, beware that there's been problems with the EFI upgrade 1.7 with non standard HDD's. No fix has been released as yet. Apple seem to have stuck their heads in the sand over it. Very disappointing.

The_Hawk
23rd August 2009, 09:07 AM
I bought 4GB of Qimonda RAM from Ramcity.com.au. Runs just fine, don't bother spending more on a brand name like Kingston.

Also, beware that there's been problems with the EFI upgrade 1.7 with non standard HDD's. No fix has been released as yet. Apple seem to have stuck their heads in the sand over it. Very disappointing.

Go Ramcity! Just got that Qimonda 4GB kit for the wifes MacBook Pro and she's apples :D

I haven't bothered with the HDD upgrade yet since we have a server running at home for storing mass files and the reality is that she is at home 95% of the time so can access what she needs when she needs it. She just keeps lve work on her computer.

lukemc
23rd August 2009, 09:09 AM
ive got a 4gig kit from ramcity lying around that i dont need (unopened brand new as i upgraded to a 17" that already had 4 gig before i could upgrade the ram in my 15), pm me if your interested and make an offer.

grumpy_dog666
23rd August 2009, 10:41 AM
Thanks guys, will get the RAM first and see what benefits I get......

dekco
23rd August 2009, 11:52 AM
can any yumcha brand ddr3 ram work in the unibodies? I have heard that some ddr3 refuse to play nicely with the unibods.

dche5390
23rd August 2009, 09:31 PM
Make sure you either buy from a reputable store that sells ram that works (RamCity or MacFixit), or similarly, a reputable store that sells cheap yumcha brand and will do returns if it does not work in said MBP.

grumpy_dog666
23rd August 2009, 10:14 PM
so not MSY?

dche5390
24th August 2009, 08:10 AM
Some users have reported that various DDR3 have worked for them - I however was unable to buy any compatible ram at the time. MSY (Ultimo) did let me return my RAM for a full refund.

Experiences vary with MSY ... just allow time for the queue.

grumpy_dog666
24th August 2009, 09:18 AM
i've always had my reservations with MSY too......

ended up buying online.......

AnthoMac
24th August 2009, 01:08 PM
I would like to upgrade my MBP's HDD to a 500GB 7200rpm by the time snow Leopard hits our shores. Is there a specific brand one must purchase in order for the hdd to a) be compatible with the Sudden motion sensor (SMS), b) actually fit in the computer (I have a MBP unibody 2008), and c) be compatible with Apple's latest firmware fix?

MissionMan
24th August 2009, 01:16 PM
Apple ship the ST9500420ASG Seagate Momentus 7200.4 SATA 3Gb/s 500-GB Hard Drive with the BTO's so if you go with that you'd be pretty safe knowing they have to support it as a BTO option.

nbetts
24th August 2009, 01:30 PM
I would like to upgrade my MBP's HDD to a 500GB 7200rpm by the time snow Leopard hits our shores. Is there a specific brand one must purchase in order for the hdd to a) be compatible with the Sudden motion sensor (SMS), b) actually fit in the computer (I have a MBP unibody 2008), and c) be compatible with Apple's latest firmware fix?

i just upgraded to the Seagate 500G 7200rpm and its great, no problems at all and the one that got shipped to me had the motion sensor in it (the other one was out of stock so the supplier upgraded me). I read reports of this causing a problem with the Apple SMS but i have been running it for weeks now and not had an issue.

The 500G is awsome and i now have plenty of space for my music and movies.

ajbeardy
24th August 2009, 02:34 PM
Is anybody running a Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320GB drive in a unibody MBP. I have one and I am thinking about swapping it in, although I am unsure if it makes a major difference.

rustyshelf
24th August 2009, 02:52 PM
Is anybody running a Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320GB drive in a unibody MBP. I have one and I am thinking about swapping it in, although I am unsure if it makes a major difference.

That's the one I run in my MBP. Swapping it for what?

ajbeardy
24th August 2009, 02:54 PM
That's the one I run in my MBP. Swapping it for what?

Sorry, it still has the standard 5400 RPM drive that it came with. I had the Seagate in an external caddy but that has given me some issues so I thought I would use the drive in the MBP

rustyshelf
24th August 2009, 02:59 PM
in theory it should run faster inside connected straight to the internal SATA. Running disks in external USB enclosures incurs a few overheads.