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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2011
Size Name: 8 GBVerified Purchase
I have used lots of Memory modules over the years, and Corsair has come to be one of my top choices when making a purchase. I recently obtained the Corsair [Apple Approved] 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1066 PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory for my Macbook Pro 13" (Late 2009 - 2010 model). The memory itself worked on boot up no issues, and as far as the installation on the macbook pro, its not so bad. Granted the install is a lot different than that of the white MacBooks, but it is still pretty simple. All that is required is a small screwdriver and some patience. There are many tutorials on how to do this on Youtube, pretty much its as simple as removing 10 little screws (I would highly recommend keeping them in order, as at least 3 of the screws are longer and must go back in specific holes) and having somewhere to place them safe so they don't fall or get lost. ** Of course as always due care is required when touching or changing components inside your computer, things like a simple static charge on your fingers can be an issue (like when you rub your socks on the ground and shock your friend... not so funny with a computer) **

One thing that I noticed while installing my memory, is that the memory type required by the macbook pro changed sometime between 2010 and 2011 so you may want to verify your memory type in "System Profiler" which can be found in your Utility Folder on your Mac. That will usually tell you how much memory you have and what type (i.e. DDR3 1066, or some other type). If you need to know your maximum allowable/recognizable memory, I would recommend searching your model number on Apples Support page.

As to system speed improvements going from 4GB to 8GB of memory, I have noticed that my multi-tasking does not slow my computer down as much, and some programs seem to work a little bit better with the extra memory.

MacBook Pro 13"
2.53Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
8GB 1067 MHz DDR3 (The RAM I purchased and took out of my laptop was "1066", but the OSx calls it "1067" not sure why)
Lion OSx
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2011
Size Name: 8 GBVerified Purchase
RAM worked very well in my MacBook Pro, easy installation, went without a hitch. Two weeks later I'm watching a movie and my computer goes into Kernel Panic, giving me a flashing grey screen and to restart. Turns out the RAM died WAY too quickly-and I'm very careful with my computers. Amazon was great about the exchange, had new parts to me the next day. Nice memory, pretty cheap, but definitely buy from Amazon and keep your package around...
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon June 30, 2011
Size Name: 8 GB
Does your Mac only have 4GB of RAM? Upgrading the memory in your system is still one of the quickest and easiest ways to boost its performance. Buying it from a memory company instead of Apple will save you TONS of money. Though, unlike high performance desktop memory, there aren't as many distinguishing factors when considering which SODIMM to buy. Pretty much all the major manufacturers have similar stated performance specs, so why would you choose Corsair's Mac Memory Kit over the others?

PROS:
- Great price
- Tested at Apple's compatibility lab
- Proven reliability
- Excellent support
- Lifetime warranty

CONS:
- Hard to remove from packaging

INSTALL & MEMORY TEST
Installing the Corsair Mac Memory kit in a 15-inch MacBook Pro was quick and easy, though I struggled a little bit trying to remove the modules from the plastic packaging. The memory was immediately recognized by OS X and everything ran quickly and smoothly. Rember verified the memory size, type and speed. The Corsair kit also passed memory tests with flying colors. Check out the Rember screenshots I uploaded to Amazon.

RELIABILITY, VALUE & SUPPORT
The timing for the CMSA8GX3M2A1066C7 is 7-7-7-20, which is the same as the kits offered by the other manufacturers. So then why would you consider the Corsair memory kit over the others? The most obvious is price. The Corsair kit has a very competitive street price. Did you know that Apple charges $400 for an 8GB memory kit?!

What might be less obvious is that the Corsair kit has been tested at Apple's compatibility lab. This ensures that the memory you buy has actually been tested to work with Apple's products. Though I'm sure that kits by other manufacturers have been tested for compatibility, the fact that Corsair went through the trouble of testing their memory at Apple, provides extra peace of mind and tells me that Corsair is willing to go the extra mile for their customers.

Additionally, Corsair's top notch support is always something to consider. Sure, like Corsair, many memory makers provide lifetime warranties, but how good is their support and how simple is the RMA process? If your Corsair memory goes bad, getting a replacement takes just a few short steps and their turnaround time is very reasonable. If you're in a hurry, you can even request an advance replacement (provided that you give them a credit card #, just in case you don't return the defective memory).

CONCLUSION
You can buy memory for your Mac from anybody, but why would you? You'd might as well get it from a company known for high-performance, reliable memory, who actually tested their memory at Apple's lab. The 8GB Corsair Mac memory kit is a terrific value and I recommend it to anyone looking to maximize their Mac's performance without sacrificing reliability or top notch support.

* Review sample provided by Corsair.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2012
Size Name: 8 GBVerified Purchase
The memory ran hot when I first installed it in the MacBook Pro and after a couple of days the Mac wouldn't run. I put the original memory in and the Mac came back to life. Returning the memory to Amazon was easy and they quickly credited the refund to my credit card. I'd give Amazon 5 stars for handling the return and I'd give 1 star to the Corsair memory.

I previously purchased Corsair Apple 8 GB memory for a newer MacBook Pro from Amazon and have had no problems with it, so I'd probably try Corsair memory again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2012
Size Name: 8 GBVerified Purchase
The first kit I received from Amazon was defective. I installed the RAM and got the dreaded triple beep. I swapped in the originals and I was back up and running. The second kit installed without a hitch and passed memory tests.
I also have to add that Amazon absolutely has awesome service. I submitted the return on Sunday and I had my replacement RAM on Tuesday with free shipping both ways!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
Size Name: 8 GBVerified Purchase
Received the RAM quickly. Updated my Late 2009 unibody MacBook with the latest OSX (mountain lion) and stuck the RAM in. It didn't boot at first. I took both sticks out and inserted one, it booted fine. Finally I inserted the second one and it booted up with 8GB of RAM.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
Size Name: 8 GBVerified Purchase
I purchased this 8GB kit to upgrade the 4GB of RAM that came with my mid-2010 model MacBook Pro. I settled on the Corsair after reading all sorts of reviews online regarding brands. Basically, "RAM is RAM" was the overwhelming sentiment I got from all the research. That in mind, the price was great (cheapest here on Amazon), it was "Mac tested," and I'm extremely happy with my decision.

Using the detailed instructions provided on Apple's website for upgrading RAM, I was able to install and start using my computer again in less than 10 minutes. Basically, removed the bottom, popped out the old RAM, plugged in the new RAM, fired up the computer, and voilà. I should point out that, while I have upgraded RAM on previous PC once before, I'm definitely not a pro.

The process was painless, and the difference was immediately noticeable. Prior to the upgrade, having multiple programs open (Mail + Power Point + Safari +....) became increasingly sluggish and difficult. After the upgrade, I'm reminded of that fresh shiny new machine I unpacked back in 2010. Having used it over a week now, I can report that I've had no problems or unexpected glitches. If I do, I'll be sure to come back and report it. I'm extremely happy with the upgrade and recommend upgrading with this kit without reservation.

Pros: Cheap way to make your computer feel like new again.
Cons: None come to mind.

This kit is good if Apple recommends the following:
2 memory slots
Maximum memory: 8 GB or more
Specifications: Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
67.6mm x 30mm (1.18 inch)
2 GB or 4 GB
204-pin
PC3-12800 DDR3 1600 MHz type RAM
They also recommend that you fill both memory slots, and install equal sized memory modules in each slot. This kit does the job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
Size Name: 8 GBVerified Purchase
I purchased two sets of this RAM in "Used - Like New" condition from Amazon Warehouse for my MacBook Pro (Mid-2010, i7) to go from 2x2GB to 2x4GB. I'm a big fan of Amazon, so I thought I'd give the Warehouse a shot (and try to save a few bucks). According to Amazon Warehouse, "Like new" items are supposed to be in perfect condition, but due to the condition of the packaging, it can't be sold on Amazon as new. The items are also supposed to go through their testing process.

The first set of this RAM I received from the warehouse was 'packaged' in a folded paper CD case, then put into a bubble mailer. I put the sticks of RAM into my laptop. My machine got as far as loading up the apple logo and nothing else. So I swapped out each of the RAM sticks to put in combination with my current RAM to see if there was an issue with just one of the sticks. Nope. Seemed both sticks were defective. So I took another chance and ordered a replacement set from Amazon Warehouse. Second set arrived in the original Corsair packaging, but it had obviously been opened as one side of it was cut off. I encountered the same issue with this set as well; my machine wouldn't boot past the apple logo. So I returned both sets, told myself I wouldn't try Corsair again this time and bought this Crucial 8 GB Kit instead.

I popped in this brand new set, and Presto! My machine was booting up with no issues. I'm now running 8GB and seeing a definite improvement in performance. I'm not sure if Amazon just hasn't been testing the RAM, or if the RAM just didn't want to work with my specific machine specs. Either way, I was disappointed with Corsair and Amazon Warehouse.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2011
Size Name: 8 GB
I bought these for my Macbook Pro 13 inches bought in september 2009. I have 4 GB RAM in it now and wanted to upgrade. It should be no problem. But since I installed it my mac keeps crashing frequently. Suddenly I get a warning message in different languages on my screen and I can do nothing but shut it down. It's very frustrating.

I found out it happens every time my computer tries to use more than 4 GB RAM memory. Like it's not ready for 8 GB even though it was an option to get 8 GB in the mac when I bought it in 2009. So I can not recommend it if you have the same mac as me... (do you know a solution for this, please contact me!! :
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2011
Size Name: 8 GBVerified Purchase
Bought this RAM to upgrade a 2011 15" MacBook Pro. Worked fine in the beginning, but in the past couple months I started seeing the tell tale signs of bad RAM: the first kernel panics I had seen on my machine, random app crashes, and other issues haunted me daily. Finally I downloaded and ran a great free program called "Rember", which confirmed what I had suspected: the RAM was failing.

Looking through the reviews, it appears about 20% of people who review this item have had the same trouble with it. So my advice to you is look for another brand. A 20% chance of receiving RAM that will land you in random crash hell is not worth the couple bucks required to buy better RAM.
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