8GB RAM, 512GB SSD or 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD?

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  1. apple_pro9, Dec 12, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2017

    apple_pro9 macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2017
    I'm confused on which version to select in the MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Latest model version

    Can someone help me out?

    i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD or
    i5, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD ??

    or should I wait for the 2018 release?

    I don't think i7 will improve the performance a LOT,

    I'm currently using the 2012 MBP retina, it started showing signs of ageing now,
    I use it for net browsing, programming, photoshop, Netflix, music downloads, etc
    and I do some video editing(FCP) but very rarely,

    Help me out!!!
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Some of that stuff can be pretty heavy in RAM usage. You can always use an external drive or NAS for more storage. There is no way to increase RAM. I'd go with the 16GB option.
  3. Hitrate, Dec 12, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2017

    Hitrate macrumors 6502


    Mar 25, 2009
    Hmm for what it's worth, I would say 16gb 512...or wait till 2018 :p

    btw there are some good deals on ebay, some including apple care so u might be able to get what u want there..

    All I can say is, I did my 500gb ssd upgrade first...and much later the 16gb upgrade...wouldn't wanna miss it, or buy a new one with less of either...it's so nice to see how OSX utilizes the available ram...leading me to think a 32GB option is inevitable and hopefully already by the first 2018 release. It's not like I need the 16, or that much internal space...although I plan to get a 1 or 2tb or more when i upgrade, to then be able to store ALL my relevant files on the internal drive...Even just having the extra space internally is so nice though - smooth running system cause there's more free space on the drive for junk files etc. and you do have the space if, and when you might need it and don't wanna bother or can't have an external at hand..
  4. deepakvrao macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2011
    Thanks guys.

    I have a 2015 Pro, and I also often see RAM being almost fully used. In fact, I have a Win 10 desktop which seems to use less RAM for the same workload. I wonder if that is because the Mac OS is designed to use as much is available to it?
  5. Miltz macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2013
    New York
    16GB RAM + 512 SSD is the answer.
  6. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    You could get by with 8GB of RAM but might need 16GB depending on the level of PS and video editing usage. I have a friend that always buys 128GB SSD's because internal storage is meaningless to him as no matter what he would get, it would quickly fill up and he'd be using an external drive anyways.

    What does your current storage look like? 256 might be fine or 512 still might not be enough if you are already maxed out and using external.

    Based on the options you listed, I'd go 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD. The RAM you buy is what you are stuck with but if storage becomes an issue you have external options.
  7. Miltz macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2013
    New York
    So what does your friend do? Does he carry around external drives? My 2TB SSD was up to 1.6TB full before I did a clean install recently and took out completed projects. 128GB is more for content consumption than content creation.
  8. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    Yes he does and it would not matter if he had a TB of internal SSD as he would still need to carry the drive. Why buy more internal storage if it's useless? I don't think he uses the internal drive for anything other than the OS and a temp landing spot for some files..
  9. shafez macrumors member


    Jul 3, 2011
    Go for 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD for best future software upgrade experience.
  10. maerz001 macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2010
    He was last seen 8weeks ago when he wrote this first and only post...

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