honestly cant tell performance increase w/ 1gb ram

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  1. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

    MUCKYFINGERS

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    hi all,
    i have the ibook in my sig and i put in a new stick of 512 mb ram (purchased and certified from datamem.com). os x detects the memory, but i havent really noticed an increase in performance. is it possible that i did not plug in the RAM hard enough? or is it supposed to "be this way?"
     
  2. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Check your "About This Mac" to see if it reads 1 GB.

    edit: I see that it detects the memory. I must've skipped that... my apologies.

    Do you remember if you had any page ins or outs when you were using 512 MB?
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Have you tried multitasking yet? You'll notice less of the beachball of doom. Don't expect anything more than 5-10% speed increases in actually speed. You'll notice a lot fewer page outs and disk usage.
     
  4. MUCKYFINGERS thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    you're right, multi tasking is definitely smoother.
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Heh, yes. You'll probably only notice differences in a few cases:

    1) Lots of tabs or documents open in a given program
    2) A really intensive program such as photoshop, etc.
    3) Multitasking

    You might also notice that you can run more widgets without a performance cost.

    Hope you enjoy it, though.
     
  6. MUCKYFINGERS thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    oh i do.
     
  7. jhero macrumors 6502

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    i had 512mb of ram as well and lightroom ran sloooow

    now it is much quicker with 1gig
     
  8. jamesi macrumors 6502a

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    if you are just using your computer for browsing the internet and listening to music then you wont tell a difference. but if you actually use some intense software like final cut or photoshop then you will notice some nice leaps in speed.
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Heh, yes, now Lightroom is a perfect example of an app you have no business running on 512MB of ram. ;)
     
  10. Lazyhound macrumors regular

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    You forgot 4) Running a Java application. Ugh.
     
  11. myshoeshurt macrumors regular

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    It definately gives ME peace of mind knowing I have way more RAM than needed... even if it isn't noticable with day-to-day tasks. Basically, your investment was worth it. And if you ever start using some intensive software, you'll really thank yourself for it.

    I gotta say it again... I can't wait to get my iBook (first Mac!*)


    *Well... my first Mac since this beast.
     
  12. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    Such a RAM increase definitely helps in the grand scheme of things, but if you want the most noticeable increase in perceived speed of your system swap out the HD for a 7200rpm one. I did that on my 1.42 mini and honestly it feels like a new, totally different computer.

    TM
     
  13. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a

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    I put a gig stick in my ibook and I really noticed it the most in iphoto-- it opens in 1/4 of the time it used to. Pageouts are way down; and I leave a lot more apps running-- much more convenient.
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Wow, does it really make a big difference for that? :(
     

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