Does More ram help download speed?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by coffey7, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. coffey7 macrumors 6502a

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    Would extra Ram for my macbook help internet speed?Like the speed a page opens? or is it only helpfull for intense program with video or photos.I was thinking about going with 2gb ram.
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    no, unless you're running a ton of programs while browsing the internet
     
  3. realityisterror macrumors 65816

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    Download speed in particular won't be affected as dpaanlka pointed out, but it's a good idea nonetheless.
    Most people recommend at least 1GB of RAM under OS X in order to achieve optimal, comfortable performance.
     
  4. coffey7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I will just get the 1 gb. thats what I have on my linux box. It works fine and did speed programs up a lot. I did notice that page downloads on the internet didn't speed up. I thought maybe it would be different on the mac.thanks for the input.
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Mac likes to use more RAM than Linux does.

    You will be okay with 1GB of RAM when running Mac OS X, but I find that Mac OS has a sweet spot of around 1.5GB-2GB (or more) of RAM.
     
  6. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I heard that if you put more RAM in your modem, you get OC48 speeds. :D
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Really? ;)
     
  8. coffey7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm getting 2gb just for the bragging rights. I usually go big!:D
     
  9. kyleaa macrumors regular

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    good idea, since the macbook 'requires' equal ram and it would be more expensive to try to upgrade later. I just bought 2gb for my imac :)

     
  10. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    It only requires equal amounts in each slot for dual channel to work. You could do a 32MB stick and a 2GB stick, but I don't think anyone makes DDR2 sticks that small.
     

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