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To improve the performance of my mid-2012 MacBook Pro, I upgraded to a 256 GB SSD. But, I also want to upgrade my RAM. What is the limit that this computer supports?

  • You might want to add your model number to your question to make sure the answers are applicable. See How to Ask for tips. – fsb Oct 21 '16 at 12:59
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    @fsb, Doesn't matter what Mid 2012 MacBook Pro model as all three can handle 16 GB RAM – user3439894 Oct 21 '16 at 13:01
  • @user3439894 The reason for my comment was to help a new user understand the best way to ask questions here. – fsb Oct 21 '16 at 13:03
  • @user3439894 Thanks for the suggestion. I've already ordered that and it's shipping next week. In the product page, they wrote that Crucial supports my MacBook for this RAM. But when I controlled the official Apple page, they only insert 8. Asked the question for this. – Arda Çebi Oct 21 '16 at 13:12
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The Mid 2012 MacBook Pro can support up to 16GB of RAM by using 2 8GB kits. Both the Retina and non-Retina models (mid 2012) support 16GB of RAM.

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I have personally used the Kingston KVR16LS/8 modules many times with great results.

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Since, you said that you already upgraded your drive to an SSD, I assume you know how to remove the bottom cover to access the memory.

  • Hi Allan, thanks for the answer. I've read an article that is located on the Apple Support Communities website and they say that my MacBook pro only supports 8 GB of RAM but you can insert an 16GB one but it will not give the best performance. I've already ordered [link] (amazon.com/Crucial-DDR3L-1600-SODIMM-Memory-CT2K8G3S160BM/dp/…) 2 kit RAM last week but it takes a long time shipping. – Arda Çebi Oct 21 '16 at 13:05
  • Yeah, I know removing the back cover. Thanks for the edited answer @Allan :D Appreciate it. – Arda Çebi Oct 21 '16 at 13:07
  • No problem...Do you know if you have a Retina or the non-Retina mid 2012? – Allan Oct 21 '16 at 13:10
  • You said, "The Retina model can only support up to 8GB of RAM.", the MacBook Pro Retina 15" Mid 2012 ships with either 8 or 16 GB PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3L on-board memory. See : MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012) - Technical Specifications – user3439894 Oct 21 '16 at 13:13
  • @Allan of course, it's the non-retina one. – Arda Çebi Oct 21 '16 at 13:15
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Your question doesn't specify which model of MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) you're asking about and the answer may be different depending on model. I summarise this below:

MacBook Pro (15", Mid 2012)

This model has two memory slots capable of taking 204-pin PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM memory chips. Officially (i.e. according to Apple) these models only support 8GB of RAM. However, real world tests have proven that they can actually support 16GB of RAM.

See these MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory for instructions.

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15", Mid 2012)

This model has no memory slots and came with either 8GB or 16GB of onboard memory installed. You cannot upgrade the memory on this model.

MacBook Pro (13", Mid 2012)

This model has two memory slots capable of taking 204-pin PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM memory chips. Officially (i.e. according to Apple) these models only support 8GB of RAM. However, real world tests have proven that they can actually support 16GB of RAM.

See these MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory for instructions.

Hope this helps.

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    Doesn't matter what Mid 2012 MacBook Pro model as all three can handle 16 GB RAM – user3439894 Oct 21 '16 at 13:08
  • Yeah, thanks for the answer Monomeeth. I'm currently new in this community and I need learn some writing basics. I'm currently improving myself about this subject. My mac was the third (MacBook Pro 13", Mid 2012). I've ordered one through amazon last week, a 2 8GB kit to enable. I will use them. Thanks for the answer again. – Arda Çebi Oct 21 '16 at 13:10
  • @user3439894 Yes, they can all support 16GB. However, one of the mid-2012 models came with onboard RAM and no memory slots. It does support 16GB as long as you purchased it that way. So, if the OP had this particular model, they wouldn't be able to upgrade the RAM. – Monomeeth Oct 21 '16 at 13:12
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I just recently visited an Apple Store in San Antonio to deal with my mid-2012 Retina version of the 15" MacBook pro. He said their Apple service center does not even sell RAM anymore for this model but he recommended Crucial and he said it will definitely support 16gb RAM.

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