16GB or 8GB is 16 Worth it?

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  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    I am battling over whether to get 16GB or 8GB upgrade on my 2012 Base 13?

    I do basic stuff, just not sure I will need 16GB but can anyone out there with 16 explain to me if it was worth it and what you are doing with your Base 13?

    I am really on the fence if I will even use it, so thinking of 8GB unless someone can tell me that there is a point to 16
     
  2. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    If you don't do heavy video, image processing or virtual machines you can easy stay with 8GB; that's far enough for Safari, iTunes, Facebook and email.

    What do you mean with basic stuff ? Do you foresee a change in near future ?
     
  3. Wicked1 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Basic Stuff, email, internet, some photo editing, MS Office stuff, some games from the App Store, but then ran fine on my 2011 Base Mini with 8GB
     
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    is the machine doing lots of memory paging.....using a hard disk as a substitute for memory? You can see that in the admin statistics.
     
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    If you're like me and keep your machines for a while (I usually keep mine until they can't run the latest OS), then I'd recommend going with 16 to be safe. If you don't do any memory-intensive work at the moment and you usually sell your machine when new models are announced, then 8 is probably fine.

    Edit: I assumed you were going retina, but I realized you might not be. If you're not going retina, then 8 is fine since you can upgrade later on the off chance you need to.
     
  7. roxxette macrumors 68000

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    Go with 8gb, you can upgrade ram in the future if you feel is necessary.
     
  8. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Doesn't sound like you'd benefit from 16 but, as stated in this and many other threads, you'd have to look at your specific usage to definitely answer the question. Worth is always highly subjective so you can't answer questions of worth using broad, sweeping generalizations or by polling others. You have to look at your specific situation.
     
  9. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

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    ...

    If 8GB was fine on your mini for what you plan on doing for this new MBP then I'm pretty sure 8GB will be fine for it as well.
     
  10. iaymnu macrumors 6502

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    If one can afford extra ram. Max it out. There is no downside except the $$
     
  11. Mac-Tech macrumors regular

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    If you get the RMBP you can not UPGRADE the ram later on. So I would go with 16GB.
     
  12. elchemor macrumors member

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    I second that ! think three years down the line, you dont wanna buy a new laptop cause you simply cant upgrade the RAM, and u wish you purchased yours with 16GB instead !
     
  13. roxxette macrumors 68000

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    Well the word retina macbook pro is not found on the first post, i assumed it was the vanilla mbp hence the word base 13.

    :confused:
     
  14. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    One more side effect: if you use sleep mode for MBP it will consume an 16GB file for the memory snapshot each time you close the lid. Nothing severe or a show stopper. But good to be aware of.
     
  15. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    You can never be too rich, too clever, or have too much RAM.
     
  16. leman macrumors 604

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    Get 8GB, 16Gb won't give you any advantage. Of course, if you have the money, get 16GB, why not.

    If three years down the line something horrible happens in the computing industry so that 8GB becomes a serious bottleneck, the CPU would become obsolete even before that. 16GB is a good choice if you work with extremely large data sets or multiple virtual machines at the same time. Besides that, it does not bring any serious advantage.
     
  17. elchemor macrumors member

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    i wouldn't call that something horrible, 3~4 years ago when i purchased my macbookpro5,1 core 2 duo, standard memory was 2GB, i maxed it to 4GB at the time of purchase, and later an upgrade to an unofficial configuration of 8GB was found to be necessary to be able to run parallels, photoshop, excel, mail, safari, Xcode, etc... back in 2008 2GB RAM was acceptable and would do the job, but was not any longer the case in 2010~2011 with the introduction of OS X 10.6, which was more memory hungry.
    now with OS X 10.7 on a normal day, i am running with 6GB of used memory (activity monitor snapshot attached) 3~4 years from now, a 32GB of RAM would be a necessity for memory intensive applications..... that's my 2 cents !
     

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  18. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    But that's more then the basic stuff mentioned by OP ...
     
  19. Spetsnazos macrumors regular

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    I'm nearly always at 6-9 gigs of used memory on my 16g. I prefer to multitask
     
  20. jomirrivera macrumors 6502

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    you can stop the machine from doing that!
     

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