My Mac Hardware Upgrades and OSX Tricks (Part 2)

I’m going to go over two hardware upgrade moves. One’s a new spin on a long-time classic; the other is somewhat new-age (think GhettoTech not Steampunk). Let’s begin…

The Classic RAM Double Upgrade

I recently upgraded my Macbook Pro RAM… for the 2nd time on the same laptop. Yep. The first time was just a few days after buying the laptop, I swapped out the standard 4GB (2x2GB sticks) with 8 GB (2x4GB). That worked for a while, but after upgrading to Yosemite it seemed like 8 GB of RAM wasn’t cutting it. Sheesh right? So I went to to check what the max supported RAM was for my unibody and it turns out Apple officially supports up to 8 GB in my current macbook pro. However, it mentions that, unofficially, people were getting 16 GB of RAM to work in this model. In fact, after some deep googling, there was enough anecdotal evidence to convince me that I could get 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM to work (as opposed to the supported 1333 MHz RAM). Guess what, 16GB of 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance Performance DDR3L RAM does work!

Corsair Vengeance Performance 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz CL9
Corsair Vengeance Performance 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz CL9

After installing the RAM, I checked the system profiler and yay it recognized all 16 GB…

Though, just to make sure my laptop could actually use all 16 GB (instead of just telling me “Yes, you’ve installed 16 GB, good luck.”). I ran the memory through a few of memory tests tests (e.g. the built-in one) and everything checked-out just fine. All 16GB of RAM were humming…

The New-School “Hashtag, Holy Shit I Should Have Gotten A #Solid-State Drive (#SSD) Sooner”

In the spirit of Generation Born-Post-Y2K (or whatever the hell they’re called), I’m gunna be tweet-style brief about this. Here’s all you need to know.
I’m not easily impressed by tech upgrades; I’ve been doing them for a long time, and typically know what to expect. Ya get what ya pay for man. A few days ago though, I must admit, this upgrade made me slightly aroused. I installed a 1 TB Samsung SSD (from Amazon) into my Macbook Pro. It’s a painless transition if you use Carbon Copy to clone your current HDD to the SSD. After installing the SSD I booted her up. Whoa… Ok, pretty good, pretty neat. But after seeing 50 youtube vids about the SSD boot-time miracle I was already expecting that to be fast. No surprises there. Let me just launch a cold app like MatLab (*click*) and see what…

# O. M. G.

Hashtag, Holy Shit I Should Have Gotten A #Solid-State Drive (#SSD) Sooner”


Samsung 1TB SSD Evo