4gig memory or 320gb@7200??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dipdip, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. Dipdip macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    I'm planning to buy a MBP in January. In your opinion, which one would be a better choice, 4gig memory or 320gb@7200??

    Also, people have been talking about a Rev. B. If this happens, will it be released around early Jan? Thank you kindly.
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I would choose the faster drive unless you do a lot of memory intensive stuff like running Parallels/VM Ware or graphics/video.
  3. Kleivonen macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2008
    I'd chose the 4 gig's of memory, because a 7200 drive will just eat your battery that much faster. A 5400 drive is fine...
  4. TheCakeIsALie macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    not necessarily true. a faster drive will get the read/write done much faster so the disk spins for less the time. battery life turns out to be roughly the same.

    it's really up to you really, whether more memory or faster HDD. but I'd say that if you are not using any memory intensive programs then go for the faster HDD. Personally I went for both (2.53ghz model default to 4gb anyway).
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    The battery of a 7200 vs 5400 is pretty minimal because you aren't constantly hitting the drive; however, in real life you will notice the improvements on boot time, apps launching, etc.
  6. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Depends what your MBP has to say about it.

    When you get the pro, and start doing what you'll be doing with it, open up activity monitor. If it states you have no free ram left out of the 2 gigs, or shows that you have page outs, I'd then start with the ram.

    Oh, and if you'll be using parallels, you may as well get 4 gigs. It just LOVES the ram...

    As for earlier comments about 7200 hard drives, check out some reviews at tom'shardware.com. The new 7200's didn't use that much more energy than many of the 5400's.
  7. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    The RAM would be my pick. Then use the drive until it dies and upgrade then.;)
  8. xpovos macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    Which one will benefit you more depends on what type of use your MBP will typically see. The drive would be most beneficial when working with very large files or doing a lot of disk-intensive work, but lower RAM could necessitate more frequent paging out to virtual memory, which would increase disk usage, creating a bottleneck and decreasing battery life.

    The "average" user would probably benefit more from the RAM.

    Keep in mind that either component can easily be upgraded (on the new models) by the user at any future time.
  9. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    Ram is my pick. You will see a bigger gain from ram. I just put a Seagate 320GB 7200RPM drive in to my MBP and was not that impressed by the gain I got. HD drives are cheap and easy to switch.:) I am waiting for a cheap SSD.;)
  10. mknawabi macrumors 6502


    Feb 5, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Just get the 4GB and the 250 at 7200. If you can't afford that, save up the extra money. You're already spending so much on our machine, it won't hurt to give it a little more 'oomph'
  11. Dipdip thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    I'm going to get the 4gigs of RAM and upgrade the HD later on. Thanks for all the replies guys!
  12. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    Well I have not seen that much difference in performance in the things that I do between 2 and 4 Gigs of memory - this on 2.4GHz MBPs pre Unibody. So I opted for the 2.4GHz MBP Unibody in stock form from an "authorized reseller" with $150 rebate. Then upgraded to a 500GB hard disk to hold music, video, photos and a large XP BootCamp partition.

    I run also run VMware using XP Bootcamp, and two distributions of LINUX as virtual machines.

    I have a an external terabyte hard drive for backups.

  13. CaffeMacchiato macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2008
    4 Gig memory.

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