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xTRIGGER092x
Jul 22, 2012, 02:33 PM
I guess I'll be upgrading my iMac this week from Lion to Mountain Lion, and I'm curious to know if the RAM usage is increased. Lion's running well on the 4GB I currently have, so will I see any difference with Mountain Lion?

And yes, I know, RAM is pretty cheap and easy to install; I just see no reason in spending the money to upgrade when everything is running smooth at the moment.



rorschach
Jul 22, 2012, 03:04 PM
I guess I'll be upgrading my iMac this week from Lion to Mountain Lion, and I'm curious to know if the RAM usage is increased. Lion's running well on the 4GB I currently have, so will I see any difference with Mountain Lion?

And yes, I know, RAM is pretty cheap and easy to install; I just see no reason in spending the money to upgrade when everything is running smooth at the moment.

I have a 2012 MBA with 4GB and Mountain Lion is running perfectly.

andy8
Jul 22, 2012, 03:13 PM
I guess I'll be upgrading my iMac this week from Lion to Mountain Lion, and I'm curious to know if the RAM usage is increased. Lion's running well on the 4GB I currently have, so will I see any difference with Mountain Lion?

And yes, I know, RAM is pretty cheap and easy to install; I just see no reason in spending the money to upgrade when everything is running smooth at the moment.

I have a 2009-Mid Macbook Pro and I was wondering how my 4GB of RAM will take advantage of ML. Hopefully all goes well and ML utilises it to the maximum.

iwan073
Jul 22, 2012, 03:46 PM
Running smooth on my 2011 iMac.

Might add another 8GB soon though. Not that I need it, but damn it's cheap! :eek:

jnl1211
Jul 22, 2012, 04:08 PM
GM runs smooth as butta on my Quad core 4Gb iMac and the 4gb i5 Air!

Paradoxally
Jul 22, 2012, 04:29 PM
I have a 2009-Mid Macbook Pro and I was wondering how my 4GB of RAM will take advantage of ML. Hopefully all goes well and ML utilises it to the maximum.

Better than Lion, but I recommend the upgrade to 8 GB. It's much better, my Mac never pages out now when before it use to have 1 to 2 million (yes, MILLION) page outs in a day of work (VMs, Xcode, Netbeans, developer stuff), which made it pretty slow as soon as lots of apps were open. Now it's a breeze and the page outs remain at 0.

ATC
Jul 22, 2012, 05:06 PM
ML GM on a 2009 iMac with 4GB RAM and it's silky smooth. Love ML so far, but I'm not loving Safari 6. It's been buggy for me, to the point that this is the first time in years that I'm genuinely tempted to give another browser a try. :cool:

gumblecosby
Jul 22, 2012, 08:57 PM
Better than Lion. Currently running a 1gb virtual machine, aperture and editing an image in pixelmator along with the usual safari, skype, music, steam,mail,text editor with no page outs. All programs are responsive.

I reckon you will be happy with the upgrade.

Major.Robto
Jul 22, 2012, 09:08 PM
I'm a average computer user, got a vm going, doing some surfing and downloading, encoding once in a while,

I have four gigs on my 2008 imac and its fine, I would like 6gb just for the kicks, give my vm a bit more ram

boomboom2
Jul 22, 2012, 09:18 PM
I would hope it runs smoothly on 4 GB of RAM. I bet a majority of their machined have that amount or less. It wasn't that long ago that 2 GB was the base amount of RAM.

brand
Jul 23, 2012, 07:12 AM
Certainly better than the Unibody MacBook I installed it on that only has 2GB RAM.

tinkori
Jul 27, 2012, 08:44 PM
Certainly better than the Unibody MacBook I installed it on that only has 2GB RAM.

Good to know that it runs well ... but how much memory does the base os and safari consume? Can someone check the activity monitor and find out? If its swapping, then its not good.

brand
Jul 27, 2012, 09:00 PM
Good to know that it runs well ... but how much memory does the base os and safari consume? Can someone check the activity monitor and find out? If its swapping, then its not good.

I didn't say it runs well.

Watabou
Jul 27, 2012, 09:20 PM
It's running surprisingly well on my 4 year old Macbook Pro (Early 2008, 4GB). I don't get as many page outs in ML compared to Lion.

Here's what Activity Monitor tells me. 117/10 GB page in/page out is pretty good.

CKohkah
Jul 27, 2012, 09:20 PM
My sister in law has a late 2008 MBP with just 2gb of ram. I'm going to upgrade her ram to 4gb and upgrade her OS from Leopard to ML. I'm hoping all goes well. I mean, it should, right?

aziatiklover
Jul 27, 2012, 09:28 PM
Running pretty smooth on my current gen mac mini with 2GB of ram, but I have an ssd crucial m4 so that helps to boost speed.

Purple2012
Jul 27, 2012, 09:37 PM
Running smooth for me too.

mscriv
Jul 27, 2012, 09:43 PM
It's good to know that people are seeing fast and stable performance in older iMacs with just 4 gig of ram. I'm running an 2008 2.8 iMac with that amount of memory and would like to upgrade to ML in the next few months.

OverSpun
Jul 27, 2012, 11:00 PM
Its running perfect on my i7 2.5 quad w/ 4gb ram. Its undoubtedly working better than Lion and no more beachballs and regardlessly; I'm planning on upgrading to 16gb ram and SSD. :D

Set845
Jul 27, 2012, 11:29 PM
Runs fine on my mid 2011 i7 16 GB iMac. Runs fine on my 2007 iMac 4 GB RAM, Smooth and fast on both iMacs.

noshooz
Jul 27, 2012, 11:38 PM
Just fine on my late 2010 15" MacBook Pro. It was very sluggish after the initial bootup after upgrading. A reboot set it straight. Running Safari 6 with four tabs and have 1.57GB free RAM.

ixodes
Jul 27, 2012, 11:46 PM
OS X has always managed ram rather well. That's why it will run ML on just about any amount of memory. The only difference is speed.

Badrottie
Jul 30, 2012, 12:08 AM
how about mine? Any good? I am noob! :roll eyes:

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Mixa
Aug 6, 2012, 02:59 PM
I'm running ML on a mid 2012 Macbook Pro (4GB RAM). Ive been noticing a lot of small hiccups (gestures taking ages to register and even lag when just browsing web pages). I checked my page-in and -outs and I have 2mil of each and well over 10GB's of swap space (I think this is virtual memory?). This is after about a day and a half of uptime... Normal?

maril1111
Aug 6, 2012, 03:03 PM
Its running fine on my brothers mba with 4gb but if you can upgrade than do so .. its worth it.

mmomega
Aug 6, 2012, 04:57 PM
Just picked up a '12 MBA 13" with 4GB RAM a few hours ago and had to put ML on it myself, it wasn't already updated (weird) and it runs smooth, like another poster put it, like buttah.

I could also say that my '10 MBA 13" with 2GB RAM runs quite smooth itself.

star-affinity
Sep 15, 2012, 07:29 AM
how about mine? Any good? I am noob! :roll eyes:

350605

Looks good. Zero page outs. :)

Badrottie
Sep 17, 2012, 01:01 AM
Looks good. Zero page outs. :)

Thank you....it has been LONG time nobody answer my post!!! :apple:

Macman45
Sep 17, 2012, 01:04 AM
My MBA 13" runs it fine, but that's SSD land. I upgraded my MBP 17" to 8GB shortly after I bought it (It was on Lion then) and It runs ML fine. I think if you can go to 8GN you are going to be better off.

whoknows87
Sep 17, 2012, 01:30 AM
I have a mid 2009 MBP 2.53 Ghz 4GB Ram after upgrading to ML , 3 days to be exact my laptop experienced some serious issues, apple diagnosed it as HD failure ( NOT) then said Logic Board ( NOT) , it was the Hard drive Cable
i had 250 GB that I've only used 90 GB pretty casual user, I was told the upgrade probably stressed the MBP how? they failed to tell me, anyways after getting that issue sorted out , I upgraded the RAM to 8 and this MBP is going pretty sold, I did notice a difference a lot smoother with 8GB running mountain lion