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Old Dec 26, 2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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RAM for photoshop: 8 vs 16 GB

hi

considering changing my mac to a new retina MBP

and hesitating about how much ram to buy (as soldered)

wondering if photoshop cs6 will benefit from more RAM

8 vs 16 Gb: any real difference ?

and what about system overall performance too ?

thanks
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 07:27 PM   #2
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Photoshop loves RAM. More RAM is generally considered to be the single most important factor to better performance. And consider that it is very difficult, I believe, to upgrade the RAM post purchase for that system.

So... my advice is to get the 16GB option.
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 08:51 PM   #3
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on a rMBP go with 16GB. You never know in advance the memory requirements for 1-3 years from now. So give both today's and tomorrow's apps plenty of memory. If you have to save money, do it on SSD size...not memory or CPU.
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It is a small percentage of the cost of the machine, and you can't upgrade it later. Go for 16 gigs.
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It is a small percentage of the cost of the machine, and you can't upgrade it later. Go for 16 gigs.
Agreed.
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It is a small percentage of the cost of the machine, and you can't upgrade it later. Go for 16 gigs.
This.
That being said, Photoshop will probably not need the additional RAM. However, chances are that you are also using Lightroom or Aperture, and these eat RAM for breakfast. The math is easy: RAW files are often ~20 MB and larger a piece these days. If you are looking at a project with ~100 photos, that's at least 2 GB RAM right there before doing any manipulations on them.
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Two weeks ago I had PS and/or Windows freak out on a single image. Granted it was a 3GB file but for some reason the RAM was pegged at 16GB used for a good 20 minutes when I tried to save. Convinced me to upgrade to 32GB.

I think it was a Windows issue but it was still annoying. I expect OS/X would handle it better but memory is never a bad thing.
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