RAM update provides definite boost

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by AuburnTiger, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

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    Just received my new Macbook yesterday, and today I doubled the RAM from 1gig to 2gigs. Definitely a noticeable difference, especially in things like iChat video. That's all; just wanted to share.
     
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    MacDann

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    An increase in RAM is usually the best bang for your buck performance-wise, especially with the way RAM prices have been in the dumps these days....

    MacDann
     
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    karenflower

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    Excellent, I'm also going to be upgrading to 2gb soon. :D
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Just updated last week, and got an amazing deal from my friend who was upgrading to 4gigs on his MBP. Gave me his old 2x1 gig sticks for free! Anyway, I too noticed ichat, garageband and Microsoft office were noticeably snappier.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    I agree, just did the same thing. MS Office 2004 is WAAAAY better now...
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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    I still haven't tested out a lot of the apps, considering I've only had it for 2 days. I don't have Office anyway, but did get iWork '08 preinstalled. I used Pages on my old iBook and liked it!
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    The Blackbook I am going to buy comes with 2 GB of RAM and I want to up grade to 4 GB of RAM. My question is!!
    Do I need to buy 2 x 2GB of RAM and repleace the RAM it comes with?
     
  8. thread starter macrumors member

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    What do you plan on doing with your Blackbook? It cost me $43 for my 2GB upgrade, while the cost for 4GB was $105 or so. Why not shell out the extra money and go for 4GB? I just don't think the things I do on my Macbook justify the extra memory. Besides, that $60 buys me things like food. :)
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    Question - is the jump from 2gig to 4 as dramatic as the one from 1gig to 2?

    I've got two macbooks in the family, one of which I upgraded from 1gig to 2 and the difference was considerable.

    Is the increase to 4gig just as dramatic? Is it worth the money? I do like to video edit & play strategy games like Sim City and the like.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    I have not tried the games, only have had my macbook since tuesday, but I did install VMware and Ubuntu, and I was using most of the RAM at that point (I have 2Gigs), so I guess if your using virtualization then the max RAM would probably help, especially during installation. I haven't used VMware that much, so I don't know how much it takes during normal use.


    ........Curtis
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    Yep. Two banks, each can take a maximum of 2GB. Therefore for 4GB RAM you need to remove your 2x1GB and replace them with 2x2GB. Put you 1GB sticks on Ebay, you'll get a few quid for them and it'll reduce the price of your upgrade!

    Enjoy the performance upgrade!
     
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    If you're into editing in HD; pics with PS, Lightroom and InDesign open at once or editing many huge files the jump for 4GB worths all the money. And if you are a Parallels user this also applies.
    For basic video/photo editing and games 2GB are enough, unless you run 20 apps at the same time :)
     

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