12 & 16GB RAM for 2011 MBP!??

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  1. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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  3. yusukeaoki thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Can the machine take that much RAM though?
    Just curious. Dont want to spend 1.6K on a RAM hehe
     
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    Yes, read the thread I linked to. MRoogle also offers some other threads about this.
     
  5. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    The best and cheapest way to get the highest performance and storage is to not spend $1600 for 16gb RM, But to spend a little over $1,000 and get a OWC 500GB SSD and 8GB RAM. The extra RAM does nothing for read & write speeds or applications loading (the first time). For tasks like Photoshop that can be a RAM hog, when it runs low on RAM it uses the hard drive as a scratch disk but if that disk is a much faster SSD then there is little need for more excessive RAM.
     
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    True except when using VMs as they reserve the memory for the VM and make it no longer available to the OS, so in this case it is better to have more available to the VM to make it more stable and not allow swapping as much.
     
  7. Guy Mancuso macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just waiting for someone else to start selling these 8gb of ram chips to drive the price down than i am all over 16gb in a hurry.
     
  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    This +1 As someone who could be using 3 VM's at once, 16GB of ram would be amazing. As is, I either keep them to 1GB of RAM each (which is really not enough) or else I have to turn VM's off.
     
  9. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    It wouldn't surprise me if they can take more than 16...classic Apple style of letting users figure this out on their own. So far it can take at least 16GB of RAM and 1666Mhz speeds.
     
  10. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    16GB is a chipset limitation... not something Apple imposed. :eek:
     
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    +1 for spending the cash on an ssd + 8gb RAM

    i would get x2 owc 240gb ssd and put them in RAID 0
     
  12. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    I don't put anything past Apple. I could see ole' Steve convincing Intel to not tell anyone that their chips can handle 32GBs as a 'myztery' for us to figure out.
     
  13. mercman macrumors newbie

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    Today I installed the 16 GB RAM into my 2011 MacBook Pro 17" 2.3GHz. I purchased the Samsung 8GB modules from Ramjet. For my needs, they are great-but expensive!! With the OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 I installed last week, this is one fast computer.
     
  14. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Whoever buys 16 gb of ram in a mbp needs to reevaluate how they spend their money.
     
  15. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    It depends on the user. Some of us will gladly pay to play with the 16 gigs, as it assists us in the tasks that we do to make a living.
     
  16. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    A grand isn't a lot of money to some people.
     
  17. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000

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    agree with nick - if one can justify it to themselves and have the $$$$

    i guess it's down to personal choice - it would be like questioning why one would want to buy a sports car!

    i would not install 16gb ram@ current market prices!
     
  18. stevemiller macrumors 68000

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    for facebook and itunes? yes. for people who's jobs require working with large amounts of media or VMs, it's may well be worth it.
     

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