2 GB RAM or 3 GB RAM on my MBP

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  1. Skibsted macrumors regular

    Skibsted

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    SO I want to upgrade my MBP with some more RAM.
    I have 2GB RAM installed and I just found out that my MBP (since it's a bit old) has a max of 3 GB.
    Would it be worth it to upgrade to 3 instead of 2 GB? I'm fully aware of this dual core duo 2 thing that performs best with symmetrically placed RAM.
    SO would my machine actually run slower with 3 than with 2 GB RAM?

    Thanks in advance

    Skibsted
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    The additional Gb of RAM that I put in my 2.33 MBP made all the difference when using Quark 7, Adobe CS3 and also Word 2004 running through Rosetta. Far less (and slow) disk thrashing. Even Safari gets greedy at times...

    Recommended without hesitation.
     
  3. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

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    So do you have 3 GB of RAM now?
    My MBP is an intel with Core 2 duo which I way I'm wondering if it would give me a performance boost.
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, and it was worth every penny. Depends on what you do with your Mac but for me the difference was like night and day, especially with InDesign.
     
  5. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

    Skibsted

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    Awesome, thanks.

    So what's all the fuzz about the Core 2 Duo working best with symmetrical RAM.
    Could someone please explain this to me?
     
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  7. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

    Skibsted

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    ok, thanks. 3gb it is then.
    The only reason I'm having this discussion is that RAM is so cheap at the moment so if I could get even a slight performance boost by having 4gb instead of 3gb I would def choose 4gb.

    Thanks
     
  8. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816

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    Look at it this way. If you go for 4GB, you will only be allowed to access 3.3GB of this memory. So the difference between 3GB and 4GB is essentially an increase of 0.3GB of memory, and you get dual channel mode too. 2GB of Ram is selling for $50 max. Would you get it? Kinda subjective, so it's your choice.

    On the other hand, depending on what you do with the MBP, you may not even notice the advantage of DCM.
     
  9. southbark macrumors regular

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    Well right now frys is selling 4gb of crucial ram for 84.99 with a 20 dollar mail in rebate.I was told by the guysat core care (a apple authorized repair center)That it is better to put in 4gb set of ram then to just buy one 2 gb stick
     
  10. southbark macrumors regular

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    Let me clarify what Core Care guy said ."it is better to have a set of ram then use to different ram sticks bought seperatly
     
  11. Skibsted thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys.
    I have now bought 2 GB RAM so that I now have 3GB RAM i total.
    I'm pretty happy with the performance boost.
    I just might gonna buy 2GB more to get the DCM effect and the 0.3GB more RAM:)
     

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