8GB or 16GB Ram for 2011 Macbook Pro?

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  1. Riptide62 macrumors member

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    I have a late 2011 13"MacBook Pro which I upgraded with an SSD lately. It only has 4Mb Ram and I want to increase it as I frequently have to have several intensive apps working/open lots of tabs etc. I see that Apple say that 8Mb is the max, and yet I see many reports of users upgrading to 16Mb and claiming it works well..

    Amazon has a modest sale today (Crucial 8Mb x2 and 1600Mhz rather than 1333) and I'm wondering if I will actually take a performance hit by using more than the recommended RAM or if not a hit, then receive no benefit above 8Mb.

    Any thoughts?
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    Apologies to posters and forum users. I see that several threads covered this very issue. Mods please delete my thread - Thanks.
     
  2. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    It supports up to 16GB RAM. Whether you want to spend that much on RAM is up to you.
     
  3. Stella macrumors 604

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    Depends what your doing. If your doing light usage such as Email, web browsing etc you won't see much benefit from having 16MB.

    You've already upgraded the slowest device - which was the hard disk, to SSD, which makes a significant difference.

    Definitely upgrade to at least 8MB.. 4MB is paltry.
     
  4. ron1004 macrumors 6502

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  5. robvas macrumors 68020

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    -most- people won't really benefit from 16GB.
     
  6. Totally Bored macrumors member

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    I put 16GB in a 2011. The difference between 8GB and 16GB was $7.

    Just do it :)
     
  7. Riptide62 thread starter macrumors member

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    The information here proved very helpful. Anyway, just went ahead and ordered it.
     
  8. Meister Suspended

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    The main bottleneck is always the hdd.
    Mavericks and newer seem to be optimized for ssds.

    I upgraded my 2012 mini with the stock hdd first from 4gb to 10gb and it made quite the difference even with basic tasks.

    Because I got a really cheap deal on another ram stick I then went to 16gb and saw absolutely no difference even when running several adobe cloud apps.

    The bottleneck with me is still the hdd and I am planning on changing that soon.
     
  9. cfuller4080 macrumors newbie

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    I have a Mid-2014 Mac Book Pro with 8GB Ram. I run Parallels on it daily for my business. I have noticed my memory pressure is always on a fine line of "good/green" with using 7.50-7.65GB then it will go yellow and stay in the same range of 7.50-7.65GB memory used then go back to green but it bounces back and forth every 5 mins or so... Only thing I use on the windows side is Internet Explorer(my industry has a few carriers that only work on IE), Microsoft Office products(not often), and Outlook 100% of the time.

    If I'm not using those I'll be on the Mac side. I leave Parallels running in the background because I need to use Outlook on the windows side for a plugin that will only work on windows and not on the mac side. I've had Parallels on this computer for almost 2 years with no issues.

    My computer is running perfect but the wife has been bugging me that she wants a new computer so I was thinking of giving this one to her and upgrading to a newer Mac but I don't think I need the 16GB ram, but then I don't want to have issues with Ram or the computer failing because I'm running it near the max... I only keep computers every 3-4 years at a max.

    How much of an improvement did it make going to the 16GB when running Parallels, what did you notice that was different?
     

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