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ipos
Jun 23, 2012, 08:58 PM
mainly use it to surf net, email, a bit of PS and microsoft office applications.



Sounds Good
Jun 23, 2012, 08:59 PM
I think it's the most bang for the buck upgrade on the Air.

ZBoater
Jun 23, 2012, 09:19 PM
I think it's the most bang for the buck upgrade on the Air.

I agree. It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

WesCole
Jun 23, 2012, 09:52 PM
I got the RAM upgrade on mine that I ordered. It is necessary for me to run virtual machines. I would recommend getting the upgrade because it will future-proof your machine and also increase the resale value should you ever want to sell it.

Belgrano
Jun 23, 2012, 10:16 PM
Yes.

Macman45
Jun 23, 2012, 10:22 PM
I have the 2011 13" with 4GB. I don't use it for heavy work, but can honestly say that the SSD makes up for any shortfall in RAM. It's all about what you use your Air for...From what you post I'd say 4GB would be ample, but then you consider re-sale and 8 is going to be better. Your call.

findmatt77
Jun 23, 2012, 10:45 PM
I'll echo what wescole stated. I just ordered the 11" MBA and opted for 8GB RAM. The memory on these machines is not upgradable later and for $100 up front you essentially extend your laptop's future. And I don't think the resale aspect can be overstated. Performance bumps here and there will separate your machine from the pack when you go to resell.

I had a harder time shelling out for the 256GB SSD. But decided to do so because 128 is just too small.

SteveNYC
Jun 23, 2012, 10:48 PM
I would agree with others that the $100 for the extra 4GB is probably the best upgrade for the price. That said, most people won't need it. I got it because I like to run Windows on my MBA as well and I would prefer being able to dedicate the extra RAM to the VM.

Since the RAM is soldered onto the machine, it makes sense for me to get it now, since I can't get it later. With the SSD, although there is currently no 3rd party for anything different, it can technically be replaced. I expect OWC to have something in the not too distant future. So if in two years I want something with higher capacity, I could probably go that route and replace it. But RAM you're stuck with.

jvmxtra
Jun 23, 2012, 11:19 PM
I would agree with others that the $100 for the extra 4GB is probably the best upgrade for the price. That said, most people won't need it. I got it because I like to run Windows on my MBA as well and I would prefer being able to dedicate the extra RAM to the VM.

Since the RAM is soldered onto the machine, it makes sense for me to get it now, since I can't get it later. With the SSD, although there is currently no 3rd party for anything different, it can technically be replaced. I expect OWC to have something in the not too distant future. So if in two years I want something with higher capacity, I could probably go that route and replace it. But RAM you're stuck with.

Same here.. 8 gig because I constantly run parallel to vpn into work stuff through windows while doing my own thing on osx side.. It's awesome.. Really the best of both world in one awesome looking laptop.. Now.. if it can only get here soon enough(just finish ordering)

macneubie
Jun 23, 2012, 11:58 PM
Memory is never too much to add.

dkersten
Jun 24, 2012, 12:49 AM
8GB no doubt. Don't cheap out on RAM

GREEN4U
Jun 24, 2012, 01:02 AM
8GB RAM will be fine for you for the next 5 years (ie., at least 1 OS after Mountain Lion), as a Specialist at the Apple Store told me tonight.

I had 512mb RAM on my Powerbook and a lot of people told me at the time I bought it that that wouldn't be enough. Well, I'm currently typing this post on that machine with iChat, iTunes, and Mail open. It's still running like as smooth as the first day I bought it.

lonewolf604
Jun 24, 2012, 01:30 AM
Do some apple stores sell the base 13 with 8 gigs? Because I'm splitting the cost with my mom and she tends not to like to buy things online.

mukade
Jun 24, 2012, 01:42 AM
Do some apple stores sell the base 13 with 8 gigs? Because I'm splitting the cost with my mom and she tends not to like to buy things online.

On other threads about memory people have said that Apple stores don't have 8GB models. One user said that a NY store stocked them, but most don't seem to.

Just get your mother to give you the funds and then buy from the online store.

kierennyc
Jun 24, 2012, 02:44 AM
On other threads about memory people have said that Apple stores don't have 8GB models. One user said that a NY store stocked them, but most don't seem to.

Just get your mother to give you the funds and then buy from the online store.

I can confirm that the NYC apple stores have both the 11' and 13' with 8GB ram options, but only with an a i7 chip bundled as well.

katmeef
Jun 24, 2012, 08:22 AM
I picked up an ultimate 13 in stock at the Maple View Mall store in Burlington, Ontario

Acorn
Jun 24, 2012, 10:06 AM
I opted for the 8 gb of ram. for 100 dollars it was a no brainer. I like to have 8 gigs in my machines these days. imho this ram upgrade is the best upgrade they have added to the airs.

RodPinto
Jun 24, 2012, 10:29 AM
8gb all the way! No doubt!

oxfordguy
Jun 29, 2012, 08:25 AM
You can't upgrade it later and the upgrade to 8Gb is not that expensive, so I think definitely, yes

KohPhiPhi
Jun 29, 2012, 10:22 AM
In all honestly, for light PhotoShop, web browsing and MicroSoft Office, you won't notice the difference between 4gb and 8gb RAM.

However, if in the future you scale up your work load, 4gb RAM might bottleneck your system. Upping to 8gb RAM future proofs your laptop, specially considering it's just $100.

pandaguy
Jun 29, 2012, 11:15 AM
I had a harder time shelling out for the 256GB SSD. But decided to do so because 128 is just too small.

Story of my life right now. I am still waiting on an i5 versus i7 benchmark to purchase my MBA, but for a long time I struggled between whether or not to get the 256 GB SSD. I didn't even think twice before getting more RAM, though.

goinskiing
Jun 29, 2012, 12:29 PM
In all honestly, for light PhotoShop, web browsing and MicroSoft Office, you won't notice the difference between 4gb and 8gb RAM.

However, if in the future you scale up your work load, 4gb RAM might bottleneck your system. Upping to 8gb RAM future proofs your laptop, specially considering it's just $100.

Probably the best (and most diplomatic) way to say it really. The only downside is $100, but it saves you from that time in the future where you really want/need 8GB and could save you the hassle of selling and re-buying etc.

oxfordguy
Jun 29, 2012, 12:51 PM
Story of my life right now. I am still waiting on an i5 versus i7 benchmark to purchase my MBA, but for a long time I struggled between whether or not to get the 256 GB SSD. I didn't even think twice before getting more RAM, though.

i7 all the way...

daveishere
Jun 29, 2012, 12:52 PM
I've just ordered the '12 MBA with the 2.0GHz & 8GB RAM upgrade. If i'd have to pick one or the other, it'd be the RAM upgrade, cause i'd rather have the ability to run multiple tasks than the overall improvement in processing horsepower that the processor upgrade will give me.

AirThis
Jun 29, 2012, 01:09 PM
Get the extra RAM. If there's a new shiny OS in a year or two, you'll be ready. Plus that extra memory can't hurt. I'm still hesitating between the Retina and the Air, but it will be at least 8Gb no matter what the machine.

My GF has a mini with 2Gb RAM and it gets sluggish if she has Word and PowerPoint running at the same time on Lion. I've got an older spec mini with 4Gb (Lion too) and it still runs really well.

P.S. Yeah, yeah... I know... we should really be running iWork. But our bosses won't let us... :p

CoMoMacUser
Jun 29, 2012, 01:16 PM
Yes. I went with 8 GB on my new 13" Air because I want to be able to use it for at least the next five years, and I figure that the OS and software will get more RAM-hungry over time.

Acorn
Jun 29, 2012, 01:18 PM
if you up your ram to 8gb your video memory will jump from 256mb to 512mb.

goinskiing
Jun 29, 2012, 01:34 PM
if you up your ram to 8gb your video memory will jump from 256mb to 512mb.

This is good to know for those who are unaware of this, though I think it's 384mb on 4GB.

Lindberg
Oct 4, 2012, 07:30 AM
On the new MBA will there be a difference in performance when gaming, say Startcraft 2, if you upgrade to 8 gb? Or is the difference only noticeable if you are running a bunch of different apps simultaneously.

zhandri
Oct 4, 2012, 08:09 AM
i got 4gb but i only use it for surfing, some writing and watching some videos. more than enough never had any trouble

BenTrovato
Oct 4, 2012, 09:07 AM
It's never "worth" it but if you need it you get it and that's it. I ended up going with 4gb. I don't buy all these future proof arguments. An extra 4gb is not going to future proof my core i5 128gb ssd non-retina display MBA.

Cicatrix
Oct 4, 2012, 01:44 PM
mainly use it to surf net, email, a bit of PS and microsoft office applications.

oh ******* yeah!!!!
gotta go for the gusto.

wolfpuppies3
Oct 4, 2012, 02:00 PM
do it.

JVlasy
Oct 4, 2012, 02:34 PM
This is good to know for those who are unaware of this, though I think it's 384mb on 4GB.

That is THE most important advantage of having 8 GB of RAM. The more RAM for video you have means that the systems feels snappier. People always says that "If you don't run many applications simultaneously, you don't need extra RAM, save you many, bla bla bla" but that's not the entire truth, with more RAM you gain better graphical performance as well!

8GB of RAM - 512 Mb of video RAM
4GB of RAM - 384 Mb of video RAM

confirmed on ours MacBooks

Obviously get more RAM and that anything you feel like you need to have.

Cynicalone
Oct 4, 2012, 03:04 PM
I'm on a 2011 Air with the maximum 4GB of RAM. Here is what my computer looks like after about 5 hours of work today editing some photos, using email, iTunes, Safari, and a few other apps.

366434

The crazy high page outs would probably be a lot more noticeable if the Air didn't have a SSD.

My next Air will have whatever the max is. You can never have to much RAM.

goinskiing
Oct 4, 2012, 03:25 PM
Always. :D

BB.King
Oct 4, 2012, 04:15 PM
I'm on a 2011 Air with the maximum 4GB of RAM. Here is what my computer looks like after about 5 hours of work today editing some photos, using email, iTunes, Safari, and a few other apps.

366434

The crazy high page outs would probably a lot more noticeable if the Air didn't have a SSD.

My next Air will have whatever the max is. You can never have to much RAM.

Do you feel the computer slow down at all?

I ordered a 13" 128GB HD with 8GB of RAM. However, consider my needs are the same as OP, basic use it hocked to a 24" monitor most the time and use around the house when needed. I'm thinking getting a basic 11" with 64GB HD and 4GB of RAM tomorrow at the Apple store.

I will not be keeping this laptop long, most likely less then a year and as a 2nd computer, I don't see any need to pay for exta RAM and HD.

Miat
Oct 4, 2012, 08:26 PM
4 GB is fine for light-medium general use. Any more than that then go for 8 GB.

Standard 4 GB models are often a lot cheaper at 3rd party resellers. I got mine (from JBHiFi in Australia) for nearly $300 less than the otherwise identical 8 GB BTO version from Apple.

An extra 4 GB does get you some future proofing, but not $300 worth, IMHO.

Cynicalone
Oct 4, 2012, 08:53 PM
Do you feel the computer slow down at all?

Depending on what I'm doing it can get a little sluggish, but it's not bad. The SSD helps a lot.

iAppl3Fan
Oct 4, 2012, 09:00 PM
mainly use it to surf net, email, a bit of PS and microsoft office applications.

The price is well worth it.

buddybd
Oct 4, 2012, 10:49 PM
For usage like that, definitely not. I doubt the video memory increase will make a much of a difference considering that its just an Intel HD4000 inside.

If you do intense work or don't really restart your computer much then I guess 8GB would be somewhat worth it (still really doubt it considering the price tag). Its not an issue for me as I restart every 3-5 days with usage similar to yours.

Lindberg
Oct 8, 2012, 05:40 AM
In regards to gaming, has there been any testing that shows that the 8 gb MBA is a better performer than the 4 gb mode? I understand that the video memory is increased but theory and real life performance is often to different things.

DoctorCrap
Oct 8, 2012, 09:17 AM
I recommend 4GB.
Surfing the web is nothing.
I do what you do and slightly more on 2GB RAM.

Alameda
Oct 8, 2012, 10:39 AM
I have 4 GB and I'm very happy with it. However, it does seem to limit the performance of VMWare Fusion, the MS Windows emulator. But of course -- running two operating systems at the same time cuts your memory in half.

The memory is soldered in place and not upgradable. If I were buying my Air today, I'd get 8 GB, to be honest. Faster CPU? No. I'd want 8/256 (memory/flash storage). Well... I'd want 8/1,000, but that's much too expensive.

If my budget made me choose between 8/128 or 4/256, without hesitation I would take 4/256. The storage is far more useful on this machine.

MacSignal
Oct 8, 2012, 11:49 AM
mainly use it to surf net, email, a bit of PS and microsoft office applications.

4GB RAM will work well enough for how you are planning to use your MBA. Subjectively, I am not noticing a lot of difference doing similar kinds of tasks on a rMBP with 8GB RAM (+ faster CPU) and a 2012 MBA 11 with 4GB RAM.

If you bring resale or "future-proofing into the conversation, then you might want to upgrade, depending upon your assumptions. An alternative approach to "future-proofing" is to save the upgrade money for the next computer purchase and buy sooner than later.

Good luck with your purchase decision!

Purple2012
Oct 8, 2012, 06:14 PM
You don't need 8GB if that's all you are doing.

I've been using a 4GB MBA for a few months, always have a million tabs open while downloading torrents and playing music. Occasionally opening Word to add to a homework assignment and I don't use much over 2GB. Everything is snappy, it's instant.

I've also played COD4 and the Sims3 without any problem. Sims made me page out a little, only time that ever happened. I was prob seeding at the time too.

percival504
Oct 8, 2012, 09:40 PM
To the OP:

I used a uMBP for a long time (in fact I still have two 17" i7s). I had 8GB RAM. Everybody said:"that's more than enough". Well I'm now using a Mac Pro (24 GB RAM) to do the same stuff I did on the uMBPs, and this is what I found out:

I have 9.95 GB of RAM active (and total 19.24 GB RAM used).

In short, I am using a good bit more than the 8 GB that was supposedly "more than enough".

I came to this forum because I needed to decided whether to go with a MBA or rMBP for purposes of delivering public presentations. All of this has helped to decide to go with the rMBP.

Lindberg
Oct 9, 2012, 10:17 AM
In regards to gaming, has there been any testing that shows that the 8 gb MBA is a better performer than the 4 gb mode? I understand that the video memory is increased but theory and real life performance is often to different things.

Does anyone know about this??

Mike in Kansas
Oct 9, 2012, 10:29 AM
Does anyone know about this??

Someone posted a link to a review that also included benchmarks on two 2012 MBAs where the only difference was the RAM. This was done to show the improved graphics performance with the 512MB of vRAM in the 8GB model versus 378MB of vRAM in the 4GB model. I have been looking for that link and scouring the web for that study since you posted this yesterday AM and have yet to find it!! I do remember that after seeing it I was happy I got the 8GB model for the improved graphics capability. To me it was worth the incremental $100, both due to improved graphics and for working in Aperture (really needs 6GB minimum).

I know from personal experience that the integrated graphics on my 8GB MBA are just as good if not better than the discrete graphics on my 2008 iMac (ATI 2600 card). Granted, the iMac is hardly a speed demon by today's standard, but it definitely shows you how things have improved in 4 years.

MISTRUST
Oct 9, 2012, 10:31 AM
I ordered a MBA 13 Saturday and based largely on this thread I upgraded to 8mb. I would rather have it and not need it than the other way around.

Lindberg
Oct 11, 2012, 02:31 AM
Can it really be true that no one have compared the 4 gb model with the 8 gb model in gaming?

iLLUMI
Oct 13, 2012, 02:33 AM
Thanks for the info on more RAM = more video memory. Something to keep in mind for future purchases. Although I'm hoping future MBA's will have a dedicated graphics card or chip or whatever it would have to be. :)

In the past, prior to going Mac (2012 MBA 13") I've upgraded my laptops every 2 years, thus future proofing hasn't been a concern for me. However as I'm now using an awesome MBA I kinda wish I had gone for 8GB memory and 256GB SSD as I can see myself hanging on to this for a lot longer, unless of course Apple revolutionises the MBA with something even more awesome then I probably will upgrade. But I guess I can only wait and see.

If you're running virtual machines on your Mac or in Bootcamp then definitely go for the 8GB!
If you're new to Mac and thinking you need more RAM for running Win 7 in Bootcamp, Windows 7 actually runs natively, therefore it doesn't run as a virtual machine so it has full access to all 4GB's of RAM.
If you're a light user of MBA (therefore not running any RAM, CPU etc intensive programs) then probably no need to go for 8GB. I guess it all comes down to how you intend on using your MBA.

Agent-P
Oct 13, 2012, 07:53 PM
I just ordered a 13" MBA (2012) and I opted for the 8gb RAM. My reasoning was that since it isn't user upgradeable, I would rather get it in case I need it at some point (which I expect I will, as I need to run a Windows virtual machine every so often). Likewise, I kept the SSD at the stock 128gb because I can always upgrade it later myself later down the line if I need more space.

regbarc
Oct 14, 2012, 08:55 AM
I just ordered a 13" MBA (2012) and I opted for the 8gb RAM. My reasoning was that since it isn't user upgradeable, I would rather get it in case I need it at some point (which I expect I will as I need to run a Windows virtual machine every so often). Likewise, I kept the SSD at the stock 128gb because I can always upgrade it later myself later down the line if I need more space.

Disregard, read it wrong!

thasan
Oct 14, 2012, 02:11 PM
mainly use it to surf net, email, a bit of PS and microsoft office applications.

Yep :p

bcoffing
Jun 19, 2014, 09:54 PM
I thought I would toss in my two cents, considering i don't think anyone who answered the thread that actually has a 4gb MBA...

I agree that $100 isn't a lot of money to upgrade to 8gb, but I had a specific dollar amount to work with, and left it at 4gb. I have a post-April '14 4gb MBA (also only 128gb storage) and it runs beautifully. With my limited storage space, I even have a Windows 8.1 installed via Bootcamp and both sides are performing great. I'm sure 8gb would never hurt to have, but if you go with the 4gb, I suggest the Memory Clean app. It gives you an clear picture on what your RAM situation is. The few times that my memory has run low, i click the button and immediately have a lot of memory freed back up. Side note: even when the app shows the memory getting low, there was no noticeable lag of computing power.

I haven't seen any performance issues when running several things at once including video playback. I'll post on this thread again if I every run into any memory issues. Let's be honest though, 4gb is quite a bit of ram...

Truefan31
Jun 20, 2014, 11:57 AM
Yeah I got a base 13 model for my daughter. I'm hoping my 10 year old doesn't need more than 4 gb ram. Or should I've gotten the 11 inch with 8 gb? Got it for her for school

Dave245
Jun 20, 2014, 12:47 PM
I was thinking the same, i'm planning on getting a Macbook Air in the near future as part of a student discount in the UK, i can get the 8GB for an extra 68.40 the only thing thats holding me back is the fact that i have a 2011 Macbook Pro which works fine, but its the 15" so its heavy to carry around university and on and off the bus (for the commute to University) also the battery life is not as great as the new Macbook Air's 12 hours.

bcoffing
Jun 20, 2014, 01:37 PM
My wife was able to order one today for work that will have the upgraded i7 chip as well as 8gb ram while I just purchased the stock i5 with 4gb ram. I'll be able to do some solid side-by-side comparisons, and report back to the thread. Both MBA's are the latest edition in 13", so it will be interesting to see the results. Anyone have any specific tests you would like me to run? We receive her computer in a few days.

Dave245
Jun 20, 2014, 02:39 PM
My wife was able to order one today for work that will have the upgraded i7 chip as well as 8gb ram while I just purchased the stock i5 with 4gb ram. I'll be able to do some solid side-by-side comparisons, and report back to the thread. Both MBA's are the latest edition in 13", so it will be interesting to see the results. Anyone have any specific tests you would like me to run? We receive her computer in a few days.

Could you let me know how they compare in boot up times? i'm thinking about getting one later this year for university and wondering how fast they are, also wondering if the upgrade (8GB and i7) is worth the extra spends.

mad3inch1na
Jun 20, 2014, 03:03 PM
Could you let me know how they compare in boot up times? i'm thinking about getting one later this year for university and wondering how fast they are, also wondering if the upgrade (8GB and i7) is worth the extra spends.

Booting a computer is purely dependent upon the hard drive. If you have a quad-core i7 processor vs a dual-core i3 with the same hard drive, they will have the same boot time. I just sold my 2010 MBA with 2GB of RAM, and even after 4 years, it was running smooth as butter on Mavericks. If you are doing any photo work or using VMs, then get 8 GB of RAM and maybe an i7. If you do not need those upgrades, all they will do is reduce battery life.

Matt

HiDEF
Jun 20, 2014, 03:15 PM
Booting a computer is purely dependent upon the hard drive. If you have a quad-core i7 processor vs a dual-core i3 with the same hard drive, they will have the same boot time. I just sold my 2010 MBA with 2GB of RAM, and even after 4 years, it was running smooth as butter on Mavericks. If you are doing any photo work or using VMs, then get 8 GB of RAM and maybe an i7. If you do not need those upgrades, all they will do is reduce battery life.

Matt

So, 4GB wont be able to handle Bootcamp or VM?

mad3inch1na
Jun 20, 2014, 03:25 PM
So, 4GB wont be able to handle Bootcamp or VM?

Bootcamp should work fine, as it does not have two operating systems running at once. If you are running a VM, you will not have much breathing room. Most people don't use VMs for just web browsing, so I assume a VM also means you are using professional software.

Matt

Dave245
Jun 20, 2014, 03:27 PM
Booting a computer is purely dependent upon the hard drive. If you have a quad-core i7 processor vs a dual-core i3 with the same hard drive, they will have the same boot time. I just sold my 2010 MBA with 2GB of RAM, and even after 4 years, it was running smooth as butter on Mavericks. If you are doing any photo work or using VMs, then get 8 GB of RAM and maybe an i7. If you do not need those upgrades, all they will do is reduce battery life.

Matt

I would be using the MacBook Air for university, I currently have a 2011 MacBook Pro that runs fine. The only reason I thought about getting a MacBook Air is because the Air is lighter and the 12 hour battery life would be great. My current MacBook Pro is the 15" and its heavy to carry around and the battery life is no where near 12 hours (more like 4-5). However my usage is, web browsing, writing essays for uni, I also watch YouTube videos, watch stuff I've brought from iTunes usualy in the cloud, I don't store many videos or music on my Mac (it's all on my iphone or in icloud). I do also lightly use Photshop and a little video editing, but I mainly I this on my iMac at home.

HiDEF
Jun 20, 2014, 03:48 PM
Bootcamp should work fine, as it does not have two operating systems running at once. If you are running a VM, you will not have much breathing room. Most people don't use VMs for just web browsing, so I assume a VM also means you are using professional software.

Matt

Is boot camp recommended?

bcoffing
Jun 20, 2014, 05:20 PM
I have bootcamp running Windows 8.1 and it runs great. Bootcamp reboots the computer off to a completely separate partition of your harddrive with full access to the power of your processor and memory. A virtual machine (VM) lets you run a second OS such as Windows in a separate window on your desktop. It is quite convenient to be able to just pop over to your VM's windows environment if you need to, but it doesn't run as smoothly as a separate boot.

I really think you'll be fine with 4gb. Are you even planning on running two OS's?

As for testing my two laptops, I'll do the boot test just to see and post the results.

T5BRICK
Jun 20, 2014, 06:04 PM
I'm sure 8gb would never hurt to have, but if you go with the 4gb, I suggest the Memory Clean app. It gives you an clear picture on what your RAM situation is. The few times that my memory has run low, i click the button and immediately have a lot of memory freed back up. Side note: even when the app shows the memory getting low, there was no noticeable lag of computing power.

OSX does a good job managing memory, there isn't a goor reason to use a 3rd part app to do the same thing. The RAM is there to use, the OS is going to use as much as it can.

flowrider
Jun 21, 2014, 10:19 AM
Bringing back a 2 year old thread asking the same question we are still asking today on at least 5 current threads:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1741013

See Post #10 of the above referenced thread.

Lou

Michael CM1
Jun 22, 2014, 12:41 AM
I would be using the MacBook Air for university, I currently have a 2011 MacBook Pro that runs fine. The only reason I thought about getting a MacBook Air is because the Air is lighter and the 12 hour battery life would be great. My current MacBook Pro is the 15" and its heavy to carry around and the battery life is no where near 12 hours (more like 4-5). However my usage is, web browsing, writing essays for uni, I also watch YouTube videos, watch stuff I've brought from iTunes usualy in the cloud, I don't store many videos or music on my Mac (it's all on my iphone or in icloud). I do also lightly use Photshop and a little video editing, but I mainly I this on my iMac at home.

That's almost exactly what I'm using mine for. I bought a 4GB model because that's what Best Buy had at $900 for a 13-inch. I have an iMac with 12GB of RAM for the beast tasks. I had a Windows notebook that must've weighed 10 pounds, and I just couldn't lug that thing without knowing exactly when and where I needed it. With this, I throw it in with my iPad and can barely notice the added weight.

Just don't go trying to run 10 things at once and you should be OK. Most of my RAM issues have been when using about 10 tabs in Safari. On here I've mostly been using 3-4 tabs, and I think Mavericks does a good job of not wasting resources when those tabs aren't active. I downloaded Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 and played it without much issue. Haven't tried SimCity yet, but it did OK on the notebook I had with a Celeron and 4GB of RAM. It won't run like an Xbox, but you're gonna get about 10 hours of battery and not kill yourself lugging it.

Meister
Jun 23, 2014, 12:05 PM
Wait another year and they will be still asking the same question.

Kryckter
Jun 23, 2014, 01:04 PM
I thought I would toss in my two cents, considering i don't think anyone who answered the thread that actually has a 4gb MBA...

I agree that $100 isn't a lot of money to upgrade to 8gb, but I had a specific dollar amount to work with, and left it at 4gb. I have a post-April '14 4gb MBA (also only 128gb storage) and it runs beautifully. With my limited storage space, I even have a Windows 8.1 installed via Bootcamp and both sides are performing great. I'm sure 8gb would never hurt to have, but if you go with the 4gb, I suggest the Memory Clean app. It gives you an clear picture on what your RAM situation is. The few times that my memory has run low, i click the button and immediately have a lot of memory freed back up. Side note: even when the app shows the memory getting low, there was no noticeable lag of computing power.

I haven't seen any performance issues when running several things at once including video playback. I'll post on this thread again if I every run into any memory issues. Let's be honest though, 4gb is quite a bit of ram...

Holy new member bump old thread...

And yes, go for the 8 :cool:

Meister
Jun 23, 2014, 05:03 PM
Holy new member bump old thread...

And yes, go for the 8 :cool:
... what elaborate advise :rolleyes: ... and it goes on and on and on ...