5K Imac - Ram upgrade worth it? Email lags!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by irock101, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. irock101 macrumors 6502

    irock101

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    Hey,

    I just bought a 5k Retina Imac. So far so good and the performance is plenty for me. I don't do much beside the normal webmaster stuff. Google chrome, Skype, MacMail, Word, iTunes are the apps that are always open.
    I noticed a lag when getting my emails or in general when changing settings in MacMail. Is this a specific MacMail issue or do I need more RAM to keep up with the workload?

    Was thinking about buying 4x8gb sticks since the prices are really low these days, but if it doesn't fix the Mail issue, I am pissing money away basically.

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    Any thoughts ?
     
  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    8 GB is more than enough for an email program, I highly doubt that's your issue.
     
  3. irock101 thread starter macrumors 6502

    irock101

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    Thanks, I kinda thought that too.
    Must be some general issue with MacMail. I only have like 9 accounts in there but it lags constantly.
     
  4. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Look at your Activity Monitor.

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    It's very difficult for me to use more than 13 gigabytes of memory. My Memory pressure is always green. Note that even though I have gobs and gobs of memory (and some programs will happily consume as much as they can), Mail is purring away quite happily at 155 MB. I only use two accounts, though.

    But if on your computer, Mail demands gigs of memory, and your memory pressure is consistently yellow or red, then Ram might help. Otherwise, it's probably something else that's gone wrong, and Ram won't help.
     
  5. fathergll macrumors 6502a

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    Possible his CPU is being taxed heavily? Historically my biggest issues have been with cpu being chewed up by some process.
     
  6. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    The 3.5 Ghz i5 is a perfectly respectable CPU.

    However, my Mail instance does use 14 threads, so it is plausible that hyper-threading might be of some benefit, if Mail occupying some unrealistic percentage of CPU.

    In any case, Activity Monitor might reveal the culprit-- CPU, memory, or disk.
     
  7. fathergll macrumors 6502a

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    I've had my 3.5 Ghz i5 get crushed on certain websites causing my browser to eat up CPU high enough to make my system crawl.
     
  8. jerwin macrumors 65816

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