How much difference does RAM make?

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  1. hob macrumors 68020

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    being quite new to macs, I was wondering... how much difference does ram make? I was assuming with my G3 900mhz being quite top spec (for a g3 =P) that OS X would be running quite fast... I currently have 256MB of ram, and was wondering if replacing one of the 128s with a 512 would be worth the £90 investment?

    Hob
     
  2. bubbamac macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely. Max out the RAM, and you'll have a completely different machine.
     
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    In a word...YES! OS X loves memory and IMO 256mb is not enough, you need at least 512mb, more if possible. It will be £90 well spent if you ask me.
     
  4. Calliander macrumors member

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    That's an understatement. :)

    We have a Dual 2 here as a demo unit and the other day we tossed 8GB of RAM into it.

    I'll let you imagine the rest. Hehe.
     
  5. CMYanko macrumors member

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    It's my understanding that 384 is the magic number for OS X but given the price of RAM these days there is no reason not to max it out.
     
  6. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    I'm imagining..... and DROOLING. WOW.
     
  7. krimson macrumors 65816

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    first thing i did when i got my QS was to order (2) 512mb sticks and when they were installed, sold the free 256mb i got on ebay.
    :D
     
  8. iShater macrumors 604

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    I did some testing on application load times on my 800Mhz G3 iBook. The stock 128MB vs. 768MB.

    There was an average 40% increase in speed. In geek-fashion, I timed the applications before and after :D
     
  9. rdowns Suspended

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    I got an iBook G3/900 with 128 MB a few days ago. Man, was this painfully slow with 128. Never saw the beach ball so much, even with 10.0.

    Just finished installing my 512MB crucial module and it's like a totally differnet animal.

    I bought the iBook cheap for S&G but just may replace my iMac 600 Mhz with it while I pine for a G5 to come out. Hmm, now I need to buy a monitor.
     
  10. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    MacAddict did a test with this. They found that on almost all macs RAM can double performance. On the G5 it can improve performance by 2,3,4 and 5 times the performance.
     
  11. Pilgrims Pro macrumors regular

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    Maxing out the RAM was the best investment I made. OS X works so much smoother and runs flawlessly.
     
  12. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020

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    I have 768MB in my Mac now. Think bumping that up to 1024MB will give it a BIG boost?

    Cause I was thinking of giving the 256MB module back to my friend and getting 512MB eventually.
     
  13. Pilgrims Pro macrumors regular

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    If you have Panther run the Activity monitor and watch Memory Usage. The will give you a better idea. You can run it as a pie chart in the dock.
     
  14. Dale Sorel macrumors 6502a

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    When I bumped my 700 MHz G4 iMac from 512MB of RAM to a gig it made a BIG difference :D
     
  15. virividox macrumors 601

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    the more ram you can afford the better, putting in ram can give your machine new life and stave off the need to buy a new machine.
     
  16. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a

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    i've got a 512 SO-DIMM on route to me that i ordered last night. I am hoping for a performance increase on my 17" powerbook going from 512 to a gig because i've got a term project on Final Cut coming up, and I want as much performance as possible (I also picked up a Firewire 800 drive for a scratch disk). here's hoping my already speedy machine is faster than ever :D i'll get some before vs. after benchmarks ready when it arrives :cool:
     

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