640MB to 1GB

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by miloblithe, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. miloblithe macrumors 68020

    miloblithe

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    How much less spinny disk could I realistically expect going from 640MB to 1GB on a 1Ghz eMac? Is it likely to be noticable? I tend to leave Safari and Firefox open (for me and my wife respectively) along with iCal and often iPhoto while watching videos or listening to iTunes and so on.
     
  2. joecool85 macrumors 65816

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    I don't think it would make much difference. I have 640mb in my PBook and considered upgrading to 1gb. But I decided against it.
     
  3. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816

    MIDI_EVIL

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    I would imagine there would be a noticeable difference. 1GB is a nice amount of RAM and two 512 sticks are quite affordable these days.

    Rich.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If it was 768 MB to 1 GB, I'd say no. You don't need to add more RAM. Otherwise there is going to be a little less beachballing and slowdown.
     
  5. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Take a look in Activity Monitor, and click on "system memory." You'll notice an entry for Page Ins/Outs. If you have Page Outs numbering in the thousands after an hour or so of use, you will probably notice a difference by upgrading to 1gb. I've got 384mb in my iMac, and as long as I keep open apps to a minimum (usually safari, itunes and occasionally mail), my Page Outs stay at zero.
     
  6. miloblithe thread starter macrumors 68020

    miloblithe

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    Thanks, I'll try that this evening!
     

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