16GB RAM vs Samsung Display on rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tekksan, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. tekksan, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013

    tekksan macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    I have a base rMBP with a Samsung panel but did not realize this laptop is not user upgradable for RAM so I ordered a BTO with 16GB Ram and the 2.6 CPU upgrade. I also was not aware of the LG panel IR issue so my question is, if you were me, and you got the BTO in and it ended up having an LG display, would you just

    a) keep it
    b) order a new BTO and ship the LG unit back once you get the new one (lottery)
    c) just keep the base rMBP you have now with (2.3Ghz/8GB)

    Note, the reason for the 16GB upgrade is because I will be keeping this laptop for a long time and I don't want to run into RAM issues in 2-3 years.
  2. Spetsnazos macrumors regular

    May 3, 2012
    I have the Samsung with 16gig's of RAM. Where is that option? :)
  3. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    I would use the machine as normal, and only kick up a fuss about the display if I noticed any problems when actually using it.
  4. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    What kind of tasks do you do that you would expect needing more then 8Gb RAM in 3 years?
  5. robo456 macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2008
    New Jersey
    For me, Parallels/Fusion comes to mind for right now... at least that's why I was planning for the 16gb option... for the $150 bucks or whatever it was, it seemed like it was worth it over the course of the years I'm planning on keeping it... (still running an 07 whitebook o_O)

  6. tekksan thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    Yes, VMware, etc. but also expect more RAM usage from Retina apps from what I've read.
  7. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Next time, i would highly recommend researching a LITTLE bit as these headaches can be easily avoided.

    I would go with Option B. Order the BTO, theres about 2/3 chance you will get an LG display. Go the an Apple Store near you, tell them of the screen burn and they will replace the screen within 2 days. Make sure to emphasise you want the Samsung screen or you will be back again.

    Hope this helps :)
  8. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
    Who cares if you get an LG screen? The odds are it will work fine. There were just a few bad ones out for the first few months and people got over whiney for no good reason. Get the 16gb.
  9. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2007
  10. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    Forget the screen - buy the laptop you want. If you have burn in issues down the road, have AppleCare replace the display. Seems simple, you have a warranty for a reason, use it :).

    With the 16GB of RAM + SSD, Windows in VMWare runs near native. Depending on the VM I give it 2-8GB of RAM to use.
  11. tekksan thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    I just saw that rMBP showed up on the Apple Refurb site so I'm rolling the dice on one of those too. So, I have two rMBPs inbound and I'm hoping one of them has a Samsung.
  12. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    When did LG screen = bad screen? If it's not broken then don't swap it!
  13. bill-p macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2011
    When most of the reports with image retention came from LG, and zero of them from Samsung.


    Anyway, I'd still say... keep the 16GB regardless of whether it's LG or Samsung. If image retention, dead pixel, uneven backlighting, etc... show up, then go to Apple and request a display replacement rather than return the computer. I replaced my LG with a Samsung display, and it's been perfect since then.

    The display is important, but I don't think one has to juggle through brand new computers in order to find a perfect one.
  14. tekksan thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    So I just received my 2.6/512/16GB rmbp refurb and it has an LG (currently I have a base rmbp with Samsung). Decision time-keep the current one or the refurb (the refurb was not much more $ than the new base model and I'm not concerned with the extra cash the better model costs).

    I think I'll keep the refurb and take it in if/when problems creep up with the LG.

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