16RAM w/ 128SSD or 8RAM w/ 256SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Venderious, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. Venderious macrumors regular


    Dec 15, 2014
    Soon planning on ordering a macbook pro 13' Retina.

    Just wondering what I should get..
    Through my school I can get 10% off.

    I could get these configurations:

    16 GB RAM with 128 GB SSD (1404 euros.)
    8 GB RAM with 256 GB SSD (1404 euros.)

    I'm not sure why I would need 16 GB RAM, but I want this laptop to last me atleast 5 years.
    I don't know how cramped it will get me, but I tend to use it for photoshop, producing, DJing and schoolwork... What do you think?
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Personally, I'd go for more RAM, as you can sort of upgrade storage later. Especially if you want it to last 5 years.
  3. Venderious thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 15, 2014
    I'm quite unsure of how much storage will be left after the OS will be installed on it, I think 16GB is overpowered with 128. 256 and 8 probably is the sweetspot, but I don't want to go wrong with this large amount of money...
  4. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Why not just wait until you can afford the 16 and 256?
  5. Venderious thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 15, 2014
    Because this is already the very top I am able to spend, this is my budget.
  6. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    In my opinion the 8gb / 256gb combo will make you happier in the long run.
    I have that configuration and it handles everything I throw at it with ease.
    I only have 50gb storage free and I hate cleaning up :p
    Couldn't live with only 128gb myself.
    Unless your usage changes you will be fine for 5+ years.
  7. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    I agree with Meister. Just be vigilant in trashing unneeded files instead of letting them build up.
  8. icsd08063 macrumors member


    Nov 5, 2014
    Exactly this.
    I went for 16GB's Ram / 128GB's ssd and I am very happy.
  9. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    I would go with 16GB RAM.

    The cloud and external drives should be easy alternatives when you run out of disk space. But there is nothing for RAM.
  10. acctman macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2012
    i have 8gb RAM with 512gb SSD... I have two 22" monitors attached, usually streaming a movies or playing a moving from my drive, usb 3.0 connected driving, wireless keyboard and mouse, Xcode always open along with simulator, memory hogging Chrome open, 2-3 Safari browsers with an average of 13+ tabs open, Mail, multiple finder windows, Bracket coding app, Transmit FTP app connected to multiple web servers, occasionally running Parallel with windows 8.1 for testing, Screen sharing, connection to network drives on other computers, etc...

    Zero slow down... Apple's OS knows how to handle memory really well. you'll be fine with 8gb unless you're doing movies and i've process movie edits in iMovie and they were quick. If 8gb wasn't enough than more people would be complaining to Apple that 16 and 32gb is needed. I have yet to find anyone complaining about 8gb. Of course 16gb would be sweet but you'll need the SSD space more than you'll every need the extra ram
  11. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    8/256 for me

    Obviously it is a compromise. With memory compression and fast SSDs, running out of memory is much less severe than it used to be, and 8 GB will go a long way. On the other hand 128 GB (about 120 after formatting, and you want to leave 10% to 20% free for temp files) of storage fill up rather quick, and you might not always want to carry around external storage.
  12. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    I think it really depends on your usage. Do you tend to open lots of tabs in browser and app? Do you have lots of media (photos, music)? I would always recommend music to be in the HDD rather than external hard drive because iTunes is a pain in the butt if it’s not in the internal HDD. If your music library and OS can fit into 128gb then I would say get a 16 gb ram and 128 HDD. If not then I would say 8gb ram and 258 HDD.

    I would prefer 16gb ram and 128 HDD because you can always upgrade the storage but NOT ram. Given that you plan to use this Mac for 5+ years, 8gb of RAM is more than enough for me now and you can always save money in these years to upgrade HDD.

    I have a 13’’ early classic MBP with 128 HDD with 8gb RAM. Never ran out of RAM now but not sure in 5 years. Newer application and OSX tend to increase RAM usage. I store my OS and music (10gb) in the 128 HDD while pictures/movies are stored in my 1tb HDD that’s in the optical bay.
  13. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    I vote for the 8gig/256gig SSD. 128 is just not enough space, and OSX does a real decent job with memory management. The only reason I have 16 gigs is for VMs, but those also require lots of storage, so I have 512 gigs of storage. If I wasn't running VMs, I would be totally happy with 8/256.
  14. TechZeke, Dec 15, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2014

    TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    I know this forum has a love affair with RAM, but RAM isn't always the answer.

    Also, for all intent and purposes, the SSD is just as unupgradeable. All SSDs on eBay are pulled from other Macs, and are so expensive they are 30-50% the cost of a new machine. 3rd Part PCIe SSDs have yet to be seen.

    If your work/needs require more storage, and you are unsure if you actually need 16GB, then you probably don't need 16GB and would see an immediate benefit from more storage. All you are going to do is suffer with a small SSD with a bunch of unused RAM.
  15. lionkin macrumors regular


    Nov 8, 2014
    West Hollywood
    I would go for 8\256, more storage is important unless you have external hard drive.
  16. tresmith macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2014
    I recommend the 8RAM and 256SSD.

    I just bought a rmbp with that setup and if I had a regret is that I didn't opt for more storage. Because after I transferred all my files from my windows machine, I'm using a little over 100gigs.

    so like everyone else has said, you will need more storage before you need more ram.

    also I'm using an app called memory clean and it cleans out my cache/memory. It keeps my machine running optimally.
  17. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013

    Unkless you use a lot of VM's or do a lot of 4K video editing 8GB is enough for almost everyone. If you needed 16gb of RAM you would know about it I'm sure.
  18. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd opt for the 8/256 option. I think the 16GB is overkill for most needs. Based on what the OP wrote, more storage may be better them more ram.

    For most uses that 16GB will be largely unused and/or wasted where is using PS, you could be running short on space.
  19. Kevclark1985 macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Another vote for 8gb/256gb setup. Had this for a year and zero regrets, never close to having slowdown, no matter how many tabs/programs I run.

    Also worth noting that the read/write speeds are faster on the 256gb SSD than the 128gb SSD, so you are gaining performance as well as storage.

    In my mind, if you really need 16gb ram, then you will probably need to be upgrading your laptop before 5 years anyway as you will be a power user and need the performance boost in 2-3 years. I also think 128gb is just too small, 256gb is about right for me, and I don't even store tons of music etc like most people.
  20. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    +1 8/256.

    Unless you currently use very little disk space and don't mind carrying a USB stick or two for extra storage ;)
  21. Venderious thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 15, 2014
    Thanks for all the advice. I'll definetly go for the 8/256!

    Does anyone know when the macbooks will be updated in 2015?
  22. vjobs macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2013
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Great decision. 8/256 is your best bet.

    I'm not so sure about when they will be updated, but the last update was last summer, so I guess new MacBook Pro's retina will not be introduced before WWDC 2015, June. So probably they will start shipping end of June/start of July...
  23. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    When broadwell is available

    as soon as they can get broadwell processors in them I assume that is what we are waiting for intels delayed new silicon....
  24. crawler1975 macrumors regular


    Mar 22, 2011
    although most recommend 8/256 as your ideal setup. i personally would go 16/128, just because of one reason - you cannot upgrade the RAM later - but you can always upgrade or add additional storage space (cloud, external ssd etc). yes, 8GB is way enough RAM for macs but I always want to have that insurance.
  25. blooperz macrumors 6502

    Dec 10, 2013
    8/256 is better imo...128 is so small, phones have that much space these days.....unless you have a high speed external option. While it may be possible to upgrade storage later through 3rd parties such as OWC, these options are still not available and have not been for a long time, so who knows when they will be released. If you don't know what you need 16 gigs of ram for, than you probably don't need it...8gigs will be plenty for years to come. =D

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