4gb ram enough?

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  1. AznTakumi macrumors regular

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    I'm thinking about getting a new stock MacBook air 11" but I notice there are two ram options. I was wondering if 4gb of ram would be fine?
     
  2. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816

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    No. Apple shouldn't sell computers with only 4GB ram.
     
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    I'd argue that 4 GB is simply not a good option for a brand new computer in 2016, especially considering that you can't upgrade it later (ever). If you want the 11", I'd first wait until end of October (JUST in case there happens to be any updates/price cuts/etc.), and if you want to still buy it then, purchase the 8 GB addon. It'll make a lot of things faster and you won't regret it.
     
  5. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't buy a machine with 4GB RAM in 2016. With a look into the future and the background that you might use that machine for a couple of years I'd go with the 8GB option.
     
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    I own a 2014 4GB/128GB 11" MBA and have used it on-the-go for everything that I use my iMac for. I render video, I edit/create graphics, run virtual machines, etc. It is quite a little beast... runs macOS Sierra extremely well and is just as snappy as the day I first bought it.

    One reason I didn't opt for the 8GB RAM was because (a) it wasn't going to be my primary machine and (b) because of the price I paid for the 4GB model, $475 brand new out-the-door-taxes-included, the additional $200 to bump it up to 8GB was a bit excessive IMO.

    If you plan on heavily using the MBA and keeping it a long time, I'd recommend going for the 8GB model.
     
  7. flowrider, Oct 15, 2016
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    flowrider macrumors 601

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    How many times is this question going to be asked? There's been elebenty leben of these threads. Here is just one:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/mba-is-4gb-ram-enough.1967468/

    The answer is in post #3 above. My MBA has 4GBs of RAM. My Mac Pro has 48GBs. For what I use it for (traveling) it's plenty. My home machine does the heavy lifting.

    Lou
     
  8. AznTakumi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Where did you find such a good deal.
     
  9. sracer macrumors 603

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    Best Buy. They had some insane deals in the summer of 2014. Stackable discounts.
     
  10. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

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    IMHO the fact that Apple bumped up the 13" MBA to 8gb of RAM standard is very telling. Even Apple doesn't really think anyone should buy a computer with only 4gb of RAM anymore.

    It will be fine for a year at least. After that is anyone's guess. If you plan on using the computer for longer than a year I would get 8gb of RAM. Even with these super fast SSDs when you run out of RAM it is very noticeable. Not a good experience.
     

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