Two weeks ago we blogged about how upgrading to Apple’s maximum supported 8GB of memory and an OWC Mercury Extreme SSD could speed up your machine to two and a half times faster then stock in the latest 2011 MacBook Pro Core i5 and Core i7 machines.
Two weeks ago, we were ecstatic about the performance numbers we were seeing. Like an average 25% faster performance with 8GB of memory!
Two weeks ago, we dubbed these machines with our upgrades as “screaming fast.”
That was two weeks ago…
Fast forward a mere eight days and imagine our excitement when we heard that the first OWC PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz memory modules had arrived. As the first modules were released from our quality control and integrity testing, we installed a set into the latest MacBook Pro models only to find that, eureka, they worked!
Several rounds of performance and load testing proved no issues whatsoever with these modules in the latest and greatest of the MacBook Pro line-up. This was exciting – 16GB in an Apple notebook!
It came time for the best part of the testing (ok, ok..I’m a bit biased to make that comment as this is where I personally get to play with the new stuff)…the benchmark testing.
Now, a mere two weeks from my initial post, I’m proud to announce:
If the 8GB configuration makes these machines “screaming fast,” then 16GB sends the machines into “warp speed!”
That 25% faster with 8GB of memory increases to a whopping 40-50% faster with 16GB. With an SSD installed, that two and a half times faster than stock is now over three times faster. For full benchmark numbers to see the breakdown of speeds by individual MacBook Pro model, visit our Performance Testing Benchmarks page.