Which should I give more RAM? MBP or iMac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DVNIEL, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. DVNIEL macrumors 6502a

    DVNIEL

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    I have a MBP (2.33gHz w/ 2GB RAM) and an iMac (2.16gHz w/ 1GB RAM). I was thinking of swapping out the RAM and giving the iMac the 2GB (2x1GB) and the MBP (2x512MB), what do you think? Since 2GB of RAM came standard on the MBP, is a drop to 1GB going to mess up the system? I wish for both to have 2GB of RAM, but I'm on a budget right now. On the MBP i mainly use it for the road stuff and talking to my girlfriend on Skype.

    If it helps, this is what I do on each

    iMac (slave computer): Parallels, Bootcamp, Microsoft Office, Missing Sync/Sync Together, Roxio Toast Titanium 8, and VisualHub

    MacBook Pro (road computer): Amadeus to record audio for our church choir & school lectures, Microsoft Office, Skype with Video, Audio HiJack Pro, watching DVDs, F.E.A.R/Prey/Unreal 2004/Rainbow Six: Raven


    Opinions will be greatly appreciated, have a great day
     
  2. sycho macrumors 6502a

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    What about 1.5GB in each?

    But if I were in that situation, I would leave it as is. I have the same MacBook and I rarely even see it go about 1GB usage. Hell, Logic Express only uses about 200MB of ram when paying back 16tracks with effects on.
     
  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Is the RAM even compatible? I wouldn't think so. The MBP will use notebook RAM, where the iMac won't.
     
  4. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Not only do they both use notebook SO-DIMM memory, they both use mobile processors and chipsets as well.
     
  5. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

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    i would leave the mbp with more ram. when the battery's out the processor can choke, but the iMac always has a steady power source.
     
  6. sycho macrumors 6502a

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    What on earth are you talking about?

    Also, less RAM should have a slightly longer battery life.
     
  7. DVNIEL thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was considering the 1.5GB option for each, but I keep hearing about them running better with each slot with equal amount of RAM
     
  8. polevault139 macrumors 6502

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    The dual channel thing doest give you that much benefit. Put the 2GB in the iMac and the 1GB in the MBP since you call the iMac your "slave". Just using skype shouldnt use that much RAM. I only have 1GB in my iMac and i barely ever have page outs even when im running Photoshop CS and Word, both under Rosetta.
     
  9. dreamfocused macrumors member

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    put the most RAM in which ever computer you use the most
     

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