DRAM Compatibility Between Two Early-2011 MBP’s

  MatraSimca 19:44 30 Aug 2018

I have two early-2011 MBP’s as follows:

2011 MBP 17” - A1297 | MC725LL/A | (but I’m not sure if it’s a 2.2 GHz or 2.3 GHz) 2011 MBP 15” - A1286 | MC723LL/A | (2.2 GHz)

1 - Can I take my two 8 DRAM chips (16 GB total) from my 17” and put it into my 15” inch with no problems? Are they 100% compatible?

(2 - 204-pin PC-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM)

2 - Because of my doubt on the exact Sandy Bridge would this cause any compatibility problems?

3 - And I’m not sure if the 15” inch has the AMD Radeon HD 6490M or the matching “6750M” and Intel HD Graphics 3000 that the 17” inch has, would the DRAM swap cause any graphic problems if the AMD chips weren’t the same?

4 - And I don’t have the 13” inch version but I’m just curious if the same DRAM would be compatible with this model too?

Thank you.

  MatraSimca 01:51 03 Sep 2018

350 views and 0 replies ...very effective forum lol

  wee eddie 11:54 03 Sep 2018

Trouble with acronyms is that they frequently referre to more than one item. MBP = Mac Book Pro?

The other thing about this Forum is that there is little point in answering a question if you don't have an answer. Mind you, that rarely holds some of us back.

  MatraSimca 14:35 03 Sep 2018

yes MBP my question was very descriptive with model numbers and all reference data to the machine

  Jollyjohn 16:26 03 Sep 2018

It took me a little while to work out that MBP was Mac Book Pro.
In answer to the question - are the DRAM sticks 100% compatible - not possible to say because we don't know the details of the DRAM you are trying to replace, frequency, CAS, etc.

Personally I would try them because if they are totally incompatible, they won't physically fit in the slots. If they fit then they will work but wether you notice any performance improvement may be hard to measure.

As for the graphics question, sorry, can't help on that one.

  Jollyjohn 09:26 09 Sep 2018

Have you tried swapping DRAM yet?

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