I'm running what is clearly an older lap now. Core 2 Duo 2.93 Penryn. I'm considering doing a complete re install of all s/w and possibly a new HD as I'm on an older one (and I do back up daily) as I'll possibly also leave x.6 behind.
But I was just looking @ my profile and I've not upgraded RAM in years. I have what i thought was a sizeable amount of ram a few years back (8G), but am wondering if I can go past the indicated 8G max.
I simply recall back in the day being able to upgrade the ram on the basis that @ time of production, the bigger ram size was not avail. But as they came about, some of us were pushing the max to 4G-8G more.
Anyone out here here running 12G-16G of RAM on a 2009 Core 2 Duo? PC3-8500 DDR3, 1066Mhz?
Hybrid HDs are cheaper per gig than full SSDs, and give a performance boost over regular drives. The Seagate Momentus XT I bought was under $100 for 500 GB. It has a 4 Gig cache that runs at SSD speeds and the hard drive spins at 7200rpm, rather than 5400. It gives a noticeable speed boost to my aging MacBook.
I'd suggest that using an SSD and with the max RAM, that MBPro would fly, and at least it supports has the 3 Gb/s capability.
But the 500 GB Seagate Momentus XT suggestion with the max RAM may be the better cost/performance option, especially with the 7200 RPM unit to replace the original 320 GB (5400 RPM) HDD.
We installed such a drive in my son's older MBPro a few years ago, but he didn't notice any huge speed increase that some were reporting, but it was much faster than the original 320 GB (5400 RPM) drive.
It also ran cool and quite and didn't seem to affect the battery life very much.