MBP memory: 1.5Gb single or 2x512Mb dual?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kiff, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. Kiff macrumors newbie

    Kiff

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    Since the introduction of the MBP (personally I don't think the name is that bad) I've been eagerly reading every Apple news-site on the web just to hear some news on the Intel Macs. I finally made the decision to go for it and Switch®! :)

    I'm just doubting on one thing: Would it be better to buy an extra SO-DIMM of 1Gb or 512Mb? Or to rephrase: Go dual channel or go more memory?
    As I've said I'm about to switch so I've got no clue as what memory expectations are for OSX (for WinXP 1Gb is more than enough). Once I figure this out, I'm hitting that "Order Now" button!
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    There are contradictory reports as to whether the MBP even supports dual-channel access at all. Personally I'd go for more RAM over dual-channel.
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Dual channel performance is overrated. Go for more RAM in total, assuming you need it. :)
     
  4. alienex macrumors regular

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    is there a way to find out if the MBP supports dual channel and what is supposed to be the advantage of dual channel instead of more ram?
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Yes: We wait for Apple to release developer notes that say definitively one way or another what memory architecture is in the machine(s)

    http://developer.apple.com/documentation/Hardware/hardware2.html

    However, in almost every case: 1.5 Gb total RAM unmatched trumps 1.0 Gb total RAM in matched pairs, just because of the extrra .5 Gb for the OS. Initial rumors are that the iMac Intel doesnt reach full performance until you get over 1 Gb.
     
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