13'' MacBook Pro 8GB vs 16GB RAM

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  1. Koda650, Nov 2, 2016
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    Koda650 macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    I preordered the new 13'' MacBook Pro with touch bar, 512GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. However, I am wondering if I should cancel my preorder and get the same machine with 16GB. This would push my order back by 2-3 weeks.

    I plan on keeping this machine for about 5 years. I will use it primarily for media consumption, web browsing, excel, and other basic things as such. Probably the most intensive thing I would use it for somewhat often is Photoshop. Right now I am sitting at 5.5GB of memory used on my 2010 15'' MacBook Pro with 8GB total.

    Since I plan on keeping it for 5 years, is it worth the money if I cancel my preorder to get the 16GB and push the delivery date back to future proof myself?
  2. torana355 macrumors 68040

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    8gb is more then enough, tbh 4gb is enough for your usage. Ive got the same usage and I got the 8gb option on my 2016 rMBP aswell.
  3. Hyloba macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2014
    For basic things even 4gb is sufficient. I guess if your usage doesn't change, 8 will be enough for the coming 5 years.
  4. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    A few weeks of patience and 5 years of peace of mind vs. a few weeks of quick satisfaction and 5 years of anxieties about nice software/OS that requires more than 8GM RAM luring somewhere in the near future. If money is not an issue, I'd choose the former. Your usage may change in the course of 5 years anyway.

    Of course, technically, it may not be 5 years of peace of mind because 16GB may not be good enough either. In that case, think of being stuck with 8GB in a world where even 16GB is not good enough.

    With that said, 8GB seems plenty enough for your basic needs, at least for a while (and by "a while," I mean years rather than months). So, it's all up to you.
  5. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    My go-to answer to this type of question is:

    If you have to ask about it, then you don't need it.

    (Seriously, people who need the extra upgrades already know what they are doing).
  6. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001

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