8GB RAM Upgrade for 2011 MacBook Pro Core i5 & i7: $50 with Free Shipping

Jul 16, 2011 - 22 Comments

MacBook Pro 2011 8GB RAM Upgrade

Want to upgrade the memory on your new 2011 MacBook Pro for a great price? Amazon is offering an 8GB upgrade (2 X 4GB) DDR3 Laptop Memory Kit (1333MHz Unbuffered CL 9 SODIMM) for just $50 after a $10 mail-in rebate from Corsair. The kit installs on the most recent Core i5 and Core i7 series of MacBook Pros from 2011.

Corsair 8 GB DDR3 Laptop Memory Kit with free shipping on Amazon

The deal is still a very cheap $59.99 without the rebate, but why not save an extra $10 and mail it in? Here’s the rebate form (PDF).

The RAM comes with a lifetime warranty from Corsair, but after you install the upgrade don’t forget to run a RAM test to check for any problems or defects.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Hardware


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  1. Lee says:

    I just purchased this for my 2011 MBP 13″ i5, from other users they say that this crashes. Keeping my fingers crossed. I don’t know if I should cancel my other and save myself the headache. Can anyone confirm this works on my model. TIA

  2. Jaco says:

    Just installed this upgrade in my 2011 15″ MBP manufactured in late April, or early May. Running OSX Lion. Ran the memtest. Passed every test. So far it seems stable. No kernel panics. No freezing. Seems to be working well for me.

  3. JBone says:

    I bought it for my 2011 17″ MacBook Pro. Big mistake. I got 4 kernel panics in 15 minutes and the RAM was extremely hot. It seems the harder you work the RAM, the quicker it would fail. I fired up HandBrake and was able to crash my machine in less than 10 minutes and by that point it was so unstable that it crashed repeatedly while trying to boot.

    I put the stock RAM back and my machine is stable again. Anyone had any luck with RAM on this kind of computer?

    • Dan says:

      So frustrated right now. I bought this for my brother’s 13″ Aluminum Macbook Pro and it didn’t even work. Kept having random kernel panics and I eventually had to swap back in the RAM that came preinstalled. I had the same exact situation Jbone, really pissed off.

      • danghoa1 says:

        I’m having the same issue here. Macbook pro 17″ 2011 OS X Lion. But I’m trying with just 1 x 4 Gb Corsair and it works fine, no panic so far. Is it possible Lion does not really support 8Gb memory?

        • Mat says:

          I have similar problems. With the Crosaire 2x4GB I get BSOD on Windows 7 very quick. With only 1 x 4GB Crosaire it takes longer. I’m not sure if I just got faulty RAM or if Crosaire doesn’t work with the MBP 2011?

  4. Tigerblood says:

    Great deal! Love how cheap RAM is these days!

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  6. pablo says:

    can anyone explain me why is the 1st unibody macbook (early 2009) does not support more than 4gb of ram? :(

  7. nixoninajar says:

    Well, the 2010 MBP have:
    4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 memory; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 8GB

    The above should be compatible, but it would run at 1066MHz, as far as I know. Somebody should confirm that.

    • nixoninajar says:

      The RAM offered above has CL 9, the MBP 2010 had CL 7 as fare as I know. Now it depends on the motherboard of the MBP if it can handel “slower” memory. I would just recommend buying the exact same memory as currently in your MB, just larger.

  8. Rodolfo says:

    Hi everyone, just a quick question: I have a 2010 Model (Macbook Pro 13″), will this RAM upgrade work on my machine?? Thanks in advance for your answers :)

  9. James says:

    I love my 8GB of RAM on my MBP. I never heard of Corsair before, though. Are the reputable?

    I got the Kingston 8GB for about $90 I believe. Still waiting on that SSD but it’ll be sweet when I can swing it.


  10. Diogenesis says:

    8GB RAM + SSD are the two best upgrades I’ve bought, it’s like an all new computer.

  11. Paul says:

    Should probably mention our review of an 8GB RAM upgrade from the 2009 series MacBook Pro:


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