13 8Go 128Go vs 4Go 256Go

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jeybonnet, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. jeybonnet macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Buying Mba 13 with 8Go and 256Go is pricely, so I need to make a choice.

    I'm a developer working with parallels.

    What would be best :

    1. Buying 8Go/128Go
    2. Buying 4Go/256Go

    Instead of Parallels, BootCamp is an option.
     
  2. soulniz macrumors member

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    I'm standing between those two choices as well, looking forward to hear some of your inputs on this matter.
     
  3. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Parallels you need 8GB
    Bootcamp, 4 would be fine.

    In either case id get 8GB and an external drive if more storage is needed.
     
  4. MacBird macrumors 6502

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    If it is either/or then I agree with ECUpirate44's suggestion.
     
  5. jeybonnet thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok about external storage

    but what about parallels speed with VM on usb 3.0

    fast enough ?

     
  6. carlos00 macrumors newbie

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    As you are using Parallels I would go with 8Go/128. You can always upgrade the SSD but you cannot upgrade the memory at a later date
     
  7. Nova Sensei macrumors 6502

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    I'd say if you can afford the extra RAM then you should get it. You never know what you might want to do with the Air a year from now.
     
  8. Slivortal macrumors 6502

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    Here's what I think:

    If you're planning on virtualizing, max your RAM.

    If you're planning on dual booting and you'd never use more than 4GB on either, don't waste your money.

    But it's your call.
     
  9. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Pretty sure the SSD is soldered onto the logic board as well....
     
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    It's not, but it IS proprietary.
     
  11. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    So OWC has replaceable parts for it?
     
  12. carlos00 macrumors newbie

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    It is on the MacBook pro Retina, but it is not on the Air.

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    Yes they have it on their website
     
  13. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Good to know!
     
  14. aleni macrumors 68020

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    i was in the same situation with u, but i took the decision to get the 8GB ram with 128GB SSD.

    u can't upgrade the ram later, but u can upgrade the SSD later with OWC Aura.
     
  15. MacRuler macrumors 6502

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    Lol "Go"
     
  16. aleni macrumors 68020

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    Gogogo fire in the hole!
     
  17. JrJ 15 macrumors member

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    Is SSD on the rMBP is also removable, but different from the air's.
     
  18. oxfordguy macrumors 6502a

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    For your usage I'd go for 8Gb RAM, at least the SSD could in theory (if perhaps expensively, via OWC) be upgraded at some future point, or you could use a fast USB 3.0 external drive for additional storage. If you can, though, I think its worth stretching to 8Gb and 256Gb SSD...

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    Yes
     
  19. aaronvan Suspended

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    Go Go Gadget :D
     
  20. aleni macrumors 68020

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    i just bought 240GB aura from OWC, too bad they don't have envoy case yet for my old 2012 air's flash storage.
     
  21. Nermal Moderator

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    I wondered how long it'd be before someone brought that up :p

    In some countries such as France they use "octets" instead of "bytes". It actually makes more sense in a way!
     
  22. oxfordguy macrumors 6502a

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    Wouldn't it have been cheaper to get the 256Gb SSD model 2012 MBA from Apple in the first place?
     
  23. aleni macrumors 68020

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    yes it is, my bad, should have been the 256gb at the first time. i thought 128gb was enough but it's not. because mba 2012 is capable of decent gaming, so i installed bootcamp.

    i just installed S.T.A.L.K.E.R game on win7 64 bit, and with maximum settings, everything running so smooth. can't believe it runs so good on a computer this thin!
     

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