16GB RAM for 2010 Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Pro Announced

Other World Computing announced today through its MaxRAM program the immediate availability of 8GB and 16GB OWC Memory Upgrade Kits that enable owners of 2010 Mac mini, MacBook 13″, and 2.4GHz MacBook Pro 13″ computers to add up to 16GB of RAM — up to double the previous listed maximum capacity of 8GB. Like all OWC Memory Upgrade Kits, a ‘how-to’ install video and OWC Lifetime warranty are included for each Mac model.

OWC Lab Proves 16GB Capability

By maintaining its own on-site lab with the industry’s most extensive collection of Apple Macintosh computers, second only to Apple itself, OWC is uniquely positioned to perform ongoing testing and development of memory upgrade kits for Macs made over the past 25 years. This capability enabled OWC engineers to test confirm 2010 Mac mini, MacBook 13″, and 2.4GHz MacBook Pro 13″ computers are MaxRAM Certified for the following hardware and software conditions:

  • Mac mini (Mid 2010)/Mac mini Server (Mid 2010) – Model ID: Macmini4,1
  • 13″ MacBook (Mid 2010) – Model ID: MacBoook7,1
  • 13″ MacBook Pro 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) – Model ID: MacBookPro7,1
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later is installed

OWC MaxRAM Memory Upgrades for 2010 Mac mini, MacBook 13“, and 2.4GHz MacBook Pro 13” computers:

Add to one existing factory installed memory module for up to 12GB total memory.

Replaces both existing factory installed modules for 16GB total memory.

Customers can enjoy additional savings by utilizing OWC’s Memory Trade-in Rebate Program and receive cash back for their original Apple factory memory modules.

Mac mini and MacBook owners who are unsure if their machine is among those that can be expanded can consult a helpful guide OWC has created to help Mac owners determine their machine’s Model ID. OWC also offers a complete online memory guide that assists tower, desktop, and notebook Mac owners in quickly determining the available memory options for nearly any Mac model.

Mac mini and MacBook owners of machines that cannot be expanded to 16GB and/or are running up to OS 10.7.4 can still upgrade memory up to 8GB via OWC’s 2 x 4GB kit.

Maximum Memory Recommended for OS X Lion Users
While Apple’s official minimum RAM requirement for OS X Lion is 2GB, industry experts agree 4GB of RAM is the minimum that should be installed for optimum performance of typical daily computer usage. For more advanced uses such as graphics production, A/V editing, and/or running a virtual machine, 8GB and more installed RAM is highly recommended for maximum performance benefit.

We’re quite pleased to offer owners of these specific 2010 machines the ability to double the amount of memory previously thought to be the maximum,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “Adding more memory is one of the easiest and most cost effective upgrades a computer owner can make. It allows applications to operate more efficiently by unleashing the processing power of any machine.”

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  • Hi, I have mid mac book pro 2.4 GHz Intel core i5, memory 4gb1067 MHz DDR3 with Mas OS High sierra Version 10.13.6. Can I able to upgrade to 16gb Ram?

  • I have a macbook pro 13 mid 2010 and want to add more RAM but I can’t upgrade the firmware.
    I am trying to update the firmware as instructed but only have the information: “This software is not supported on your system”. Tried after a clean install without success. Have any idea how to solve this? Thank you!

    My settings:
    MacBookPro7,1 – ROM: 66.0.0.0.0 – SMC: 1.62f7

    Apple support:
    MacBookPro7.1 – MBP71.0039.B0E (EFI 2.5) – 1.62f7 (SMC 1.6)

  • hi ,
    i bought the MacBook Pro 13″ Unibody Mid 2010 Memory Maxxer RAM Upgrade Kit from owc .
    my macbook pro model is the right type (Model Number : A1278 ; MacBook Pro Mid 2010 13 Inches) and i am running the latest OSX .

    carefully followed every steps and did test after test with all the owc ram sticks and my old ones , but the MacBook pro can take only ONE piece of your 8G ram and one of my old 4G ram , the max limit i can see is 12G in total .

    i can confirm that each piece of the ram modules is ok but if i place both of the 8G ram into the MacBook pro , it just cannot boot . all i can see is the sleeping light on and no chime .
    please advise .

    regards
    david

  • Hello, I read through all the comments, and didn’t see my particular machine mentioned, so I thought I would ask.
    I have a mid 2010 17″ macbook pro 6,1 i5 2.53ghz Processor running El Capitan, 10.11.
    I have found speculation in forums that this would run 16GB using DDR3 1066MHz chips. The fly in the ointment being that no one seems to have actually tried it.
    Have you folks tried this model with the later OS and 16GB? Thanks

  • I have a MacBook Pro 15″, Mid 2010, 2.4 GHz, 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3.
    Mac OS 10.13.6

    Do you think I will notice a significant improvement in performance if I upgraded the RAM?

  • I’ve got the 16gb kit in my mid 2010 macbook pro, and it’d been working as 16gb, showed up in the about this mac info, and i was running sierra. not sure when it happened, but now my macbook only shows 8gb of ram and is treating the second slot as if it is empty. i’ve swapped the sticks, same result. any clue if its a sierra update that wiped this out and if so, which last known version works? or if there’s a way with homebrew or onyx or something to switch it back to recognizing the ram? Thanks, I don’t know where else to ask!

    • Hello samgreen,

      There is a chance that one of the RAM chips or RAM slots went bad. We would love to assist you further and will be sending you an email shortly.

  • Well, I know my Macbook Pro mid 2010 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 Ghz actually running OSX 10.9.5 does support 16 GB of RAM but, is it worth to upgrade to 16GB or 8GB (2x4GB) would be enough for me? I’ve 4GB as it came out the box. I mean, price is double but I don’t know if it’s worthy. Any performance tests somewhere to check it out?
    Thanks a lot in advance! :)

  • I did upgrade my 2010 Mac Mini successfully with one of those 16 GB RAM I bought last June 2016 while I was visiting the USA. After 2 weeks the Mac Mini went to sleep while I was in the middle of a Dreamweaver task. It has not awakened from that sleep. A reputable computer MAC/PC repair shop here in Manila, Philippines was not able to revive it; so I proceeded and bought a good same exact model Mac Mini from e-bay and had it shipped across the ocean here to Manila. It came with Sierra pre-installed and it would not take the 16GB RAM. I downgraded to a clean install Mountain Lion (which I still prefer to use) and still it will not accept the RAM. I checked the EFI Boot Rom version and I did upgrade the machine to the latest available on Apple’s Support site and it still will not take the 16GB. It is running fine with my old 8GB RAM, but do any of you have any clue as to why this might be … a possible solution would even be better :) Thanks!

    • Thank you so much for your questions Alfred! We are sorry to hear about the troubles that you are having. Please know we will be reaching out to you shortly to speak with you further and work towards a resolution!

      • Thanks so much for responding, Dyllon. I am not troubled as much as I am puzzled, since the RAM worked on my other, but currently a “Rip Van Winkle” mid-2010 Mac Mini. I am hopeful you might find out what may be the root reason for this aberration of the RAM not working on my other exact same model unit.

        • I would be happy to assist you further to see what is going on! Please know an email was sent on March 3rd to your email address. I will send you another email!

          I look forward to speaking with you.

          • Thanks again, Dyllon. I had been on the road in remote areas and had no internet access. Though I checked my e-mail and did not see what you sent on 3/3 or 3/8, not even in the SPAM folder. Anyway what I wanted to know is if you know of any instances before when this had happened to a 2.4 Ghz Mid-2010 Mac Mini and if there is a known solution. Basically, when I replace the 8GB with the 16GB, the Mini just attempts to start and a red light inside the earphone input socket lights up then turns off with the Mac Mini making a very faint “POWER OFF” sound.” Any clue what it might be? Living in Asia at the moment makes it hard for us to connect.

            • I am very sorry to hear that you did not receive the previous emails. I have not seen this type of behavior from a 2010 MacMini and would love to further troubleshoot with you.

              Please send a contact to our Technical Support Team and ask for me! I look forward to working with you and finding out what is going on here!

  • Hi I have a Mid 2010 13″ MBP 7,1 that is compatible with the 16 gb upgrade but I need to boot into Snow Leopard 10.6.8 sometimes. Will it fail to boot with 16 gb installed or just fail to address the extra 8 gb over the old limit?

  • Hi, I hope on being able to upgrade my MacBook Pro from 4 gb of Ram to 16gb, here are my specs…

    I have an aluminum unibody 15inch MacBook Pro 6.2
    Intel Core i7
    Speed: 2.66 GHz
    No. of Processors: 1
    Total Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 256 kb (per core)
    L3 cache: 4mb
    Memory: 4 GB
    Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT/s
    Boot Rom Vers. : MBP61.0057.B0C
    SMC Ver. (system): 1.58f17
    OS: 10.6.8
    Hard Drive: Original spin drive 500 Gb (5400-rpm) (will upgrade to SSD next…)

    I really hope that I could increase its RAM from 4GB to 16GB, as I have read & heard some have succeeded in doing so, I just want to hear it from YOU, if I REALLY can do this upgrade with MY MacBook !!
    IF I can upgrade to 16gb,… can you please give me the link to the RIGHT Ram Modules I can purchase.
    Many thanks in advance!

  • Hi,

    I’ve got a MBP 13′ (mid-2010) 2.4 Core 2 Duo (full specs below) that I’m now operating solely under Win7 64Bit. It formerly run as well under OS-X 10.6.8, relatively to which the firmware seems up to date (MBP71.0039.B0B).

    Would this system recognize 16 GB RAM if operated under Win7 64 Bit? Or would it require the latest firmware (MBP71.0039.B0>E<) of OS-X 10.7.5 (which was never installed on my MBP) anyway?

    Thanks and al the best,
    Roland

    Modellname: MacBook Pro
    Modell-Identifizierung: MacBookPro7,1
    Prozessortyp: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Prozessorgeschwindigkeit: 2,4 GHz
    Anzahl der Prozessoren: 1
    Gesamtzahl der Kerne: 2
    L2-Cache: 3 MB
    Speicher: 4 GB
    Busgeschwindigkeit: 1,07 GHz
    Boot-ROM-Version: MBP71.0039.B0B
    SMC-Version (System): 1.62f6

    • Hello Roland,

      Great question! You will need to have 10.7.5 or later in order to use more than 8GB of total system memory.

      Please let us know if you have any further questions!

  • Hi, Just to keep you posted. I have purchased a 2 x 8G ram for my Mac Mini (Mid 2010) from OWS online recently and I am fully satisfied that my Mac Mini work much faster now. Used to have 2G of ram only. Now opening up 4 apps takes about 5-7secs. Thank you OWS, for the support.

    (Product 16G DDR3 PC8500 1066MHz Kit (8GB x 2)

  • Hi does the 16GB ram kit work for my computer as follows:
    13inches Mid 2010 MacBook Pro
    2.66GHz core 2 duo
    4GB 1067MHz DDR3

    If positive how much altogether ship to Melbourne AU?

  • I have a MacBook Pro5,2 –17 inch
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor 2.66 Ghz
    L2 Cache – 6 MB
    Memory – 4 GB
    Bus speed – 1.07 Ghz
    Boot ROM Ver – MBPS52.008E.B05

    Can I upgrade to the 16 GB of Ram? If so how much?

  • I have a mid 2010 macbook pro and mid 2010 mac mini that I’d like to upgrade to 16gb RAM both with a 2.4 ghz intel core 2 duo. Will I be able to?

  • Hi, I have a mid-2010 macbook pro with these specs:

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro7,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP71.0039.B0B
    SMC Version (system): 1.62f7
    Serial Number (system): W80158N0ATN
    Hardware UUID: F87EB54B-D117-5F88-82AF-D2B2516AC63B
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled

    Is it possible to expand to 16GB RAM?

  • Hi there, I have got a 17 inch Macbook Pro with the following spec:

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 8 GB
    Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT/s
    Boot ROM Version: MBP61.0057.B11
    SMC Version (system): 1.57f18
    Serial Number (system): C02CT0XZDC7C
    Hardware UUID: 8C1FDB32-890C-5C21-A712-450D40BD2EC9
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled

    I would really hope that I could increase its RAM from 8GB to 16GB, would it be possible if I try with the RAM provided by your company? Many thanks for your kind reply in advance!

    • Hi, William. Unfortunately, you’re MacBook Pro model maxes out at 8GB of RAM. However, if you’re looking to improve the performance of your machine, you can add an OWC SSD if you haven’t already done so. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact our customer support team!

  • Hi, I have a Macbook 13inch mid 2009 but can’t find the instruction video to install new RAM, only mid 2010 or late 2009..could you send me the link please. thanks,Kate

  • Thanks. I have already replaced my harddrive on the system with an SSD. Because I am running Parallels under OSX, it is still a little slow. A memory upgrade seems to be the only solution at this point. Too bad that my specific model cannot handle 16GB.

  • I am having trouble finding information on my particular model of the MacBook Pro 15″ mid-2010 system. I would like to upgrade it from 8GB to 16GB if possible. Please let me know if it is possible. The specs of my machine is provided below.

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2
    Processor Name: Intel Core i5
    Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 8 GB
    Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT/s
    Boot ROM Version: MBP61.0057.B11
    SMC Version (system): 1.58f17

  • Hi there, I have a white unibody macbook mid 2009.
    says it takes 1067 MHz DDR3 memory module.
    It has a 2.26Ghz intel core 2 duo…
    Can I put 2 x 8gb of RAM in?
    Can’t seem to get a definitive answer… there is talk of having the latest OS it being able to handle it.
    I would take a risk, if it wasn;t a risk to my computers life. Will be purchasing this week, so any info would be most appreciated.
    Cheers.

  • Hello-

    My mac book pro is a 2010 model (7,1) and is has a processor speed of 2.66 GHz. I noticed that the article says the processor for the 16GB upgrade was 2.4 GHz. Would the 16GB work for my machine?

  • Hi I have a mid 2010 MacBookPro 7,1 with boot ROM Version MBP71.0039.B0B and OS X 10.10.5. Unit is running really slow. Would upgrading RAM from 4GB to 8 or 16GB and replacing 256MB SATA HDD with SSD improve performance. Also do I have to upgrade the firmware first?

    • Hello Debbie,

      Your mid 2010 MacBook Pro (7,1) will not need any firmware or OS upgrades to use the maximum amount of RAM (16GBs). Upgrading your RAM and internal drive to an SSD will definitely improve your performance.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our Technical Support Team!

  • Hi, I have a mid 2010 Macbook pro 7.1 running 2.66 GHz intel core 2 duo and 8gb of ram. i would like 16gb of ram, is it possible? and could you please give me a link to the right product.

    Thanks A lot

  • Hello I have a mid-2010 13-inch MacBook Pro running 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 and os x captain. if my Mac can be upgraded to 16 GB?

  • Mid-2010 13″MBP here, seems eligible for the RAM upgrade. Question is, have many folks had issues a la Tom Stout? What about the 16GB upgrade working with OSX 10.11.1?

  • Sorry if this is a duplicate…I have a 2010 MacBook Pro 13″ (MacBookPro 7,1) with OSX 10.10.5, and I purchased the 16gb Ram kit. With the 16gb installed the computer will not boot up, it starts to boot, I get the sound bit and logo, then the progress bar hangs about 1/3 of the way.
    When I put one 8 gb stick in with a 2 gb stick, it works fine and shows 10gb of ram.

    Any ideas why the 16gb won’t work?

  • I have a 2010 MacBook Pro 13″ ( Model ID MacbookPro7,1), and am running OSX 10.10.5. I purchased the 16gb of ram and installed it but the computer hangs on boot. I get the chime and the apple logo, then the progress bar starts, but it hands about 1/3 of the way through. It won’t let me boot in safe mode or with any of the test functions. Any suggestions?

  • Hello I have a mid 2010 Macbook Pro 13 inches running with 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4gb 1067 MHz DDR3. I wonder if my Mac can be upgraded to 16 GB?

  • I have a compatible mid 2010 macbook pro 13″ that currently has 4GB (2x2GB).

    From your above post, it seems as though I would be able to buy an 8GB module and install it along an existing 2GB module and have 10GB. (Until I can purchase a second 8GB module).

    If I buy an 8GB module, are there any technical reasons why I might not want to leave one of the 2GB modules installed?

    Does it matter which slot the 8GB module gets installed to?

    • In the mid 2010 MacBook Pro 13″, you will be able to add one 8GB module and use one existing 2GB module without any issues. You will want to install the 8GB module first followed by the 2GB module.

  • I have a mac book pro 13, mid 2010, with a 2.4 Ghz intel core 2 duo processor, can i upgrade to 16 gig of ram,
    thanks

    • Hi, Paul. The mid-2010 13″ MacBook Pro is indeed compatible with 16GB of memory. It should be noted that OS X 10.7.5 or later is required for utilization of more than 8GB of total system memory.

      • Hey OWC Jarrod. Does that mean that 8 GB would still work with snow leopard 10.6.8 on a mid 2010 2,4 ghz macbook pro? (i depend on my fcp 6 version, that wouldnt work on a newer os x) thanks

    • Hello,

      The MacBook Pro 7,1 has a maximum capacity of 16GBs as long as the operating system (OS) is 10.7.5 or later.

  • Hi, I’ve got a (mid) 2010 2.4GHz 13″ MBP. Would love to upgrade to 16GB of RAM, which I understand should be supported.

    The article above has the link “16GB (2 x 8GB) PC3-8500 DDR3 1066MHz Upgrade Kit with Lifetime Warranty” and says $99.00. However, the page linked to shows $159.00.

    Any chance that it’s actually $99? :)

  • Macbook pro 17″ mid 2010 2.66ghz (3.33ghz) 620m currently have 8gb (factory maxed during original order) is this version elegible for ram upgrade to 16gb?
    Many thanks ,
    Emilia

  • Hello, I’ve been researching on this for quite some time now, and I just wanted to ask you guys directly.

    I have the macbook pro (6,2) mid-2010 15″ 2.66ghz i7, that I am hoping to upgrade to a 16gb ram, but from what I can gather, it is only the 13″ (from the 6,2 era) that can take the 16 gb upgrade, and 15″ + 17″ are capped at 8gb.

    Is this correct?

    Thank you in advance.
    Justin

    • Hello Justin,

      In the mid-2010 15″ 2.66ghz i7 MacBook Pro (6,2) you will only be able to upgrade to 8GBs of RAM.

      Only the MacBook and MacBook Pro 13″ (7,1) would be compatible with 16GBs of RAM.

        • At the moment 8GB is the maximum possible due to chipset limitations. Apple originally listed it with a 4GB maximum for memory and we were the first to support it to 8GB fwiw. None the less, it doesn’t seem likely we will ever see 16GB in that model due to the motherboard chipset itself.

          • From everything that I’ve researched MacBook Pro 15 mid 2010 or MacBook Pro 6,2 supports 8gb in mac os. EVERY other os (Windows, Linux, Ect) supports 16gb in this model. Am I Wrong OWC?

    • Hello Saul,

      I am sorry but all of the computers in this OWC Blog article would not be compatible with 1333 MHz RAM.

  • Hi, I installed the 2×8, About mac says I still have only 8GB. It shows only one 1x 8GB installed, the other slot is “empty” . It seems sharper though.. can it be 16gb but not show that it is? If I fail to get both working, am I ok to run on one 8GB. and is 1 8GB better than 2×4?

    Further info.. It is a Mac mini mid 2010 4.1

    • Hello eemlyn,

      If the computer is showing 8GBs, that means that only 8GBs is currently available. If only 1 chip is showing up, there are several troubleshooting steps that need to be taken.

      I would recommend to contact us so we can help you troubleshoot your RAM. We are more than happy to help.

      The only reason the full 16Gs would not be able to be used is if one of the computers RAM slots is not working. In this case, it would be best to put 1 8GB stick in.

        • Hello, I bought your 16GB ram kit for my mid 2010 Mac Mini server and it only recognizes one 8 GB module in the top slot only. It does recognize a 4 GB module in the bottom slot, but not 8. Please assist!