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rayvrwc
Feb 27, 2008, 10:20 PM
I recently read that if I wanted to add RAM to a Macbook that I should NOT buy it from Apple, but from some other vender because Apple charges too much. If that's the case, is it easy for a consumer to add RAM to one of the new Macbooks? If not, then maybe I should spend the extra $$$ and have Apple install it.

If I can add RAM, does it void the warranty?

If I do nothing more then surf the Internet, load photos, burn DVDs with Handbrake, do I need more then 2 GB of RAM?



flopticalcube
Feb 27, 2008, 10:22 PM
1. Its easy.

2. No, it doesn't void the warranty.

3. You probably don't need more.

gkarris
Feb 27, 2008, 10:27 PM
Great - next question:

I have a MacBook coming with 1 Gigs RAM.

Can I get a 2 Gig chip so I can get 2.5 Gigs?

Does having the different chips in the slots actually slow down graphics performance?

flopticalcube
Feb 27, 2008, 10:30 PM
Great - next question:

I have a MacBook coming with 1 Gigs RAM.

Can I get a 2 Gig chip so I can get 2.5 Gigs?

Does having the different chips in the slots actually slow down graphics performance?

1. Yes you can.

2. Yes it will. 5-8% overall. But the improvement from more RAM will outweigh the loss of dual-channel mode.

SFStateStudent
Feb 27, 2008, 10:30 PM
RAM, 2GB should be enough for those applications to all be running at the same time and have 5-6 webpages open. Unless you are doing heavy media/graphics via InDesign, Final Cut Express 4, or Logic Express 8, you shouldn't have a huge problem. Also, list your specs for us if you could. Thanks :cool:

erikislame
Feb 27, 2008, 10:37 PM
For the usage you listed, you will be ABSOLUTELY FINE with the default config.

later on, as OS X develops and craves more RAM, you can add it then, and for cheaper than now.


For what you listed as usage, you really don't need more than 2GB

lostfan916
Feb 27, 2008, 10:38 PM
I was thinking of upgrading my RAM. As of now I just use my MB for web surfing, and when I occasionally decide to do homework :rolleyes: In the future I hope to be doing some Graphic Design on it, but that's a few months away. Anywho, I'n thinking upgrading to 2 is good, right?

Also, what is the best RAM. I've read some of the brands on here but I don't remember. And do I have to order online or are there some major chain stores (Fry's, Best Buy, etc.) that sell RAM?

erikislame
Feb 27, 2008, 10:41 PM
ask around, but you'd be better with 2GB balanced (about 50 bucks from crucial.com or macmall or others 2x 1GB modules) than you would unbalanced RAM of 2GB + 528

Unbalanced RAM setups are not recommended.

erikislame
Feb 27, 2008, 10:46 PM
I was thinking of upgrading my RAM. As of now I just use my MB for web surfing, and when I occasionally decide to do homework :rolleyes: In the future I hope to be doing some Graphic Design on it, but that's a few months away. Anywho, I'n thinking upgrading to 2 is good, right?

Also, what is the best RAM. I've read some of the brands on here but I don't remember. And do I have to order online or are there some major chain stores (Fry's, Best Buy, etc.) that sell RAM?


there are not massive performance differences amongst RAM Modules, especially for the Macbook.

anything from crucial.com or newegg should be fine--wherever you get the best price.

(PS: Don't listen to the benchmark geeks on this one: they'll spend $60 of your money for something you'll never ever notice)

chewbacca390
Feb 28, 2008, 08:44 AM
Your RAM looks good at 2 gigs... to me thats all you need ... but then again... you might

ULEE
Feb 28, 2008, 08:54 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qozs6KZoarA this is how its done (looks very easy, I have not done it myself so far though).

I just ordered a Macbook Pro and bought 2GB ram of amazon (Kingston). I'd say go for an extra 2GB since ram is really very cheap right now.

nickXedge
Feb 28, 2008, 11:11 AM
Macsales.com

Get OWC ram, its inexpensive and has a great reputation.

kamm
Feb 28, 2008, 11:17 AM
2. Yes it will. 5-8% overall.

I'd love to see a link to these results... it sounds way too high.

ironMonkey
Feb 28, 2008, 12:18 PM
Do they solder one of the dimms to the MOBO? Will ordering a blackbook with 2 x 1GB prevent me from ever installing 2x 2gb?

emptyCup
Feb 28, 2008, 12:21 PM
1. Its easy.

Yes, it is. However, you will need a jeweler's phillips head screw driver. You will also need to push the new chips firmly into place. They come out easier than the go in.

flopticalcube
Feb 28, 2008, 01:25 PM
I'd love to see a link to these results... it sounds way too high.
Barefeats did some test a while back but I can't find them now. The bottom line was that, overall, dual-channel added about 5% of a performance improvement. Video intensive things were about 8% since the MBs GPU used the system RAM. I confirmed the 5% on my iMacs using 2X1GB and 1X2GB and running Geekbench. Scores where about 5% lower on the 2GB single stick.

http://guides.macrumors.com/Matched_RAM_on_Intel_Macs

The benefits are real but marginal. To quote from an article from barefeats.com:

"April 20th, 2006 -- Matched Memory Pairs make your Intel Mac Faster. Some of you were asking whether you would gain any speed using matched memory pairs on your Macbook Pro, Intel Mac or Intel mini. In our testing, iMovie renders were 3% faster with matched pairs. Our Photoshop CS2 MP actions ran 6% faster with matched pairs."

In cases where every bit of speed counts, there is a benefit to using matched RAM, particularly to those using professional applications, which tend to be RAM-intensive and where every second counts. The benefit may be slightly more noticeable on Macs with integrated video (MacBook, Mini), where the video processor uses main system memory (rather than dedicated VRAM). The speed of main memory response on those machines will affect video performance in all programs.

However, the benefits are marginal enough for most users that it is fair to say that the typical user will see no noticeable benefit from using matched RAM and will, in almost every case, see more benefit from buying more RAM than from ensuring that the RAM is matched (i.e., upgrading a 2 x 256MB system to 1 x 256 MB + 1 x 1 GB would be wiser than upgrading it to 2 x 512 MB for almost all users).

Daveoc64
Feb 28, 2008, 01:34 PM
Do they solder one of the dimms to the MOBO? Will ordering a blackbook with 2 x 1GB prevent me from ever installing 2x 2gb?

No.

It's quite simple to add RAM to the MacBook.

I upgraded my Santa Rosa (Late 2007) MacBook with 1GB (2x512MB) to 4GB (2X2GB).

ironMonkey
Feb 28, 2008, 02:22 PM
No.

It's quite simple to add RAM to the MacBook.

I upgraded my Santa Rosa (Late 2007) MacBook with 1GB (2x512MB) to 4GB (2X2GB).

Thanks, that's good news.