16GB is the base amount on the 15", so every 15" MacBook Pro user is going to be selecting 16GB or 32GB, even if they bought the machine to merely author a novel.
8 gigs, no reason to have 16 on 13" when macOS handles RAM extremely well. Memory compression and allocation deal with the available RAM and I've never had a feeling "hmm, I should've gotten more RAM".
I consider myself somewhat heavy user, a lot of apps open, at least 3 or so at a time that consume around 800MB of RAM each, have some x265 video playing in the background etc. I max out at 6 out of 8 gigs of RAM used. Memory compression at times increases to 2 gigs from one, but that's it, 0 slow downs.
Good to hear comments from folks. I’m wondering if I’ve been buying too much RAM for my needs.
I just returned my 2.4 machine because of headaches from the display (I didn’t have problems with my nTB or my Windows machine). That was spec’ed to 16/512.
I’m thinking of giving the 1.4 a shot, but given there’s a keyboard redesign around the corner, I prefer to buy only as much machine as I need at the moment without worrying about the need to keep the machine for 3-5 years. Normally I would get 16/512 but I’m wondering if I can get away with 8/256. My current disk usage is 100 GB, and I have not been adding very much in last couple of years.
In terms of RAM I’m not a power user. The biggest memory/CPU hog for me is probably Chrome.