16gb 1333 or 8gb 1600

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by goferit, Dec 10, 2011.


Which RAM would you put in a late '11 MBP 15" 2.4ghz just for laughs?

  1. 16gb 1333mhz

    10 vote(s)
  2. 8gb 1600mhz

    6 vote(s)
  1. goferit macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2011
    Just ordered a brand new late '11 MBP 15" 2.4ghz and looking for RAM guidance.

    Your 2 cents?
  2. ERIC273 macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2009
  3. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    just for laughs? i would put 1x1GB and see how Lion deals with it!
  4. motoracer1486 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2006
    If you need 16GB of ram, go with that. If you won't use that much, go with the faster 8GB.
  5. happle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    i wish i knew 1600 worked without any boggles. when i ordered my 8gb 1333 i was under the impression it was a wise choice for reliability but now I'm hearing 1600 is just as reliable in the new pros.

    btw faster ram doesn't make up for more ram...thats like saying should i get a 1tb 5400 rpm drive or a 500gb 7200 rpm drive. if you need the space, then the speed isn't going to make up for that...

    really unless you do heavy audio video photo editing i doubt you need 16gb. i produce music and i don't need 16gb. 8gb chugs along awesomely. i actually think its laughable how accustomed to big numbers we get these days. my friend is producing just fine on a 2007 iMac with 1gb of ram LOL
  6. goferit thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2011
  7. goferit thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2011
    @thunder -- don't make fun of my Lions :p


    nicely explained -- thanks happle.
  8. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2011
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think that 1600 MHz offers much of a performance boost over 1333 MHz. I heard that it's only a few percent difference in real performance.

    I would go with the 16 GB of 1333 MHz memory, especially if you're running a lot of Pro apps, virtual machines, and/or lots of apps at once.

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