16gb of ram for macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macuser1232, May 28, 2012.

  1. macuser1232 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, so not too long ago, right after i bought my wonderful 2011 macbook pro i5 processor, I upgraded my ram to 8gb. Usually on my browser, google chrome, i run anywhere from 10 to 20 tabs. Typically 4 of them are videos and the rest are just ordinary websites. Along with google chrome I run skype and mail. Every now and then my fans my start running because of my tabs. Does this mean I should go even further and upgrade my mac's ram to 16 gigabytes! Also, I do wish i could also run a heavy application like Photoshop or a video editor, while having all these tabs open.
     
  2. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Fans usually kick up even at 10% in use...which kinda sucks. I hate that about the MBPs.

    Flash does this all the time.

    I use my MBP as a desktop replacement and the fans kicking up pisses me off to no end. Maybe I should put this under my desk so I won't hear it.
     
  3. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I do some pretty heavy duty stuff with my MBP with only 8GB, very rarely hear the fans kick up...specs. in the image.
     

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  4. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    Ram is not going to help with a bunch of tabs open with flash videos.

    Also I have no idea why you would have so many tabs and videos open and also have photoshop and a video editor running. Sounds like you just want other people to justify a decision you've already made.
     
  5. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    Current macbook pro's only support a max of 8GB of RAM. In fact all sandy bridge laptops max out at 8GB's.

     
  6. jpross123 macrumors member

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    You can upgrade to 16gb and it will support it
     
  7. whdigital macrumors regular

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    Actually, not true! Apple doesn't declare it, but the current (2011) Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros handle 16GB just fine. :)
     
  8. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    Add 16GB RAM to your MacBook Pro

    Ahh touche'. That's a pretty cool bonus.



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    I've been using PC's for 20 years and never had a mac. Hated macs for a long time and just recently opened up to them. So excuse my ignorance :)

    The macbook pro I want to purchase would be my first mac. I work in IT so I figure I might as well learn the damn thing. :p

     
  9. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    No, the fans don't kick on when you're running out of memory. Flawed assumption.
     
  10. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, then what's causing this? Is it just Apple's problem with macbook pro fans running more than they should?
     
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    It's poor implementation of Flash on the MBP. So technically it's adobe's fault. Chrome is notorious for this as it runs an instance of flash for each tab, eating away at your CPU.

    Use HTML5 on youtube, things'll get slightly better. Otherwise, just live with it, your computer is cooling itself as it needs it.
     
  12. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Also it only does it occasionally. like right now I have 17 windows upen and some other small programs and it's running fine without excessive heat and the fans are at their lowest rpm.
     
  13. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Get a 1080p youtube video going, that'll change soon enough.
     
  14. splitpea macrumors 6502a

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    Us Activity Monitor to see if your MBP is running low on memory in these instances. Typically what happens if you run low on memory is that your computer starts swapping to the hard drive and (unless you're on SSD) making HDD spin-up noises, not fan noise. Swapping will significantly slow performance.

    Generally the CPU/GPU is a laptop's greatest source of heat (heat being what prompts the computer to turn up the fans), followed by the battery.
     
  15. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah i have heard many people tell me that Google Chrome uses high quality graphics which uses up my ram. If i run into this problem I will try switching to my backup browser, firefox.
     
  16. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Right now i have 20 tabs open on google chrome, skype, and mail open and i have over 4 and a half gigs of active ram and only 1 gig of free ram memory! Why is my mac hogging my memory?
     
  17. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Because of what you typed right before your question. More stuff open = more memory used, it isn't rocket science, your mac is acting as it should.
     
  18. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but I didn't think that that was a lot of stuff open..
     
  19. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    OS X does such an excellent job of memory management that you really don't need to worry about memory usage. (Wow, I just had the term EMM386 pop into my head, if you know what that is, then your an old fart like me). Actually, literally 15 min. ago, I put 16GB into my MacBook Pro. Cost a whopping $80.00
     
  20. samac92 macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds odd, my fans very rarely go higher than the 2000rpm default, I hardly ever hear them.
     
  21. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    What do you do with your computer?
     
  22. samac92 macrumors 6502a

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    programming mainly, photos web email online videos etc. fairly lightweight stuff so my fans only really kick in if i'm playing a game or converting video

    edit: just tested watching a 1080p youtube flash video, fan steady at 2000rpm throughout
     
  23. thekev macrumors 604

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    Fans have nothing to do with ram. Even if you were short (it doesn't sound like it here) I doubt the increased disk access would have that much of an effect on ram. I wonder how the temperatures vary with higher density dimms.
     
  24. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Really? Nice Tell me how it is!
     
  25. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Try using it as a desktop replacement and do some heavier work.

    If it runs under the discreet card, it will definitely kick up the fans.

    If you really want to push it, run this. Run both the graphics card test and the CPU test and watch the fans kick up.
     

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