New MBA. Better Processor or more RAM?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sl33pyhead, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2009
    $150 for 1.3 to 1.7 processor bump
    $100 for a 4gb to 8gb ram upgrade.

    If I had to choose just one, which would be best?

    I'm thinking processor would be best for everything from games like D3 to photoshop. Thoughts?
  2. macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2013
  3. macrumors 68040

    Jul 11, 2009
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2009
    Oooo interesting! I am wondering why?
    Would not just 1.3ghz processor speed be more of a bottleneck than 4gb of ram? On my pc checking ram usage it's rare to pass 4 (I have 8gb).
  5. macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2012
    If you can only choose one? I'd have to vote for Ram, as well.
  6. macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2013
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    macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    I believe every other thread on this same topic, going back to the first MBA, and even this one on the first page of threads, '4Gb or 8Gb of RAM memory' all indicated more ram was best. But we might need a few more threads to be started before we come to any absolute conclusions.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2010
  9. macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2013
    RAM ... I did the same upgrade ... Glad I did !!
  10. macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2011
    Do you guys reckon the baseline model (i5+4GB) would be enough for casual surfing & music and light photoshop??

    I'm pretty sure 4GB will almost be fine for me - but not sure if it would be too detrimental to resell value.
  11. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2007
    That's what I do with my 2011 Air, and it's more than fine.

    But 8GB does sound nice too.
  12. macrumors 68030

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    Novice here. Why more Ram if average user does not exceed 4GB Ram? Is it because of future programs that may require more ram?
  13. macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2010
    If you are not exceeding 4GB ram, then you are most likely not running anything requiring a faster processor.

    RAM provides the most bang for your buck in this case as you probably wont ever notice a difference if you go for the faster processor whereas 2x RAM will be more noticeable when running multiple tasks.
  14. macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2013
    RAM. Processor upgrade is basically worthless for games as the GPU is the bottleneck, plus is way overpriced for little performance gains.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 7, 2007
  16. macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    More RAM means that you can do more things at the same time. Faster clock speed (generally) means that things get done slightly faster.

    Do the RAM upgrade.

    Benchmarks of 2013 i5 vs i7:

    Yes, 4GB will be enough. No, only having 4GB will not impact resale value very much, based on what I've seen on craigslist.
  17. macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2013
  18. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2010
    Yup, you need 8GB of ram. Ignore the fact most games are programmed for 32bit systems, so only use max of 3.2GB of ram, or that looking at STEAM, you'll see not a single game has a recommended 8GB of syetem ram (and most say a minimum of 1/2gb), you need 8GB!
  19. macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2013
    I got the 1.3 i5 and 8 GB RAM upgrade myself, and I have to say I love it. You may have a slightly lower Geekbench score but all that does is provide yourself with satisfaction.

    RAM is the way to go.

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