4GB vs 2GB RAM?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by timmyb, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. timmyb macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2005
    United Kingdom
    On the new MB, will a see a noticeable difference between having 2gb and 4gb RAM? I'm taking the plunge and installing RAM from Crucial for the first time so it's only about £120 for 4gb, rather than £464 (edu) when direct! I'm not a 'heavy' user - web, Office, iPhoto, iTunes and the odd game here and there, (FM2008 at the moment,) is what i'll be doing.
  2. torpy macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2007
    Sydney + Los Angeles
    There will be a difference but not a very noticeable one considering what you'll be using it for..

    Save the money and put it towards an external HDD for Time Machine ;)
  3. timmyb thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Cheers. Think i'll go for 2gb then. I've already got a nice external so will get AppleCare instead - seems a steal at £49 with the edu discount!
  4. King t. macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2007
    I don't know whether I should use 3gb with 1x1gb + 1x2gb ram or 2x2gb of ram. will it make a big difference using 2x2gb rather than 1x1 and 1x2gb ram??

    by using 2x2gb, i know that 700mb will be wasted, but will MBP use the dual channel mode? or is the performance the same as in using 3gb ram with different sticks??

  5. Salty Pirate macrumors 6502

    Salty Pirate

    Oct 5, 2005
    kansas city
    best $150 bucks I spent but I have ADD and have like 10 apps open at once. Go with 4 GB
  6. landis macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2007
    Toronto/Kingston Canada
    leopard loves ram

    my mbp has 4 gigs and i usually only have just over 1 gig free with a bunch of apps open
  7. mrtravel123 macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2007
  8. gropo macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2002
    Queens, NYC
    Aye go for 4

    The biggest bottleneck on a portable is the HDD and bus, right? Load laptops with RAM whenever practical to do so. Let's not forget the MB's shared VRAM, eh?
  9. scottlinux macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005

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