8GB RAM or regret?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by appleuserfan, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. appleuserfan macrumors member

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    Hi guys, i need your advices.

    I sold my iMac (i5 2.9, 16GB RAM, late 2012) for a MacBook Pro Retina 15" (i7 2.0, 8GB RAM, Late 2013) since i need a more portable solution without compromising performance.
    I'm currently using a new macbook (1.1, 8gb ram) and i haven't found any issues with RAM (max 100-200mb in swap when i do intensive activities), just with CPU (of course under pressure with intensive software etc).
    So, is really crazy to buy a macbook in 2016 with 8GB of RAM or is a great choice?
    I also read that there is not a big difference between 8 and 16, while there is a visibile difference in 4GB vs 8GB.

    Waiting your considerations guys!
     
  2. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    Depends what you do. If it is browsing the web, typing document, running spreadsheet, and a maybe a little light gaming than 8gb is find. If you do video, audio, or photo editing, CAD, or other intensive tasks you may find 8 GB to not be enough.
     
  3. appleuserfan thread starter macrumors member

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    Web (sometime very intense), GIMP/Photoshop just for light/medium activities, some video editing light, basically nothing really intense.

    My typical usage is with Google Drive, Spotify, Skype, Safari with 5-10 tabs.
    When i work hard: all the apps that i have wrote upside but safari will have 15-20 tabs, gimp/photoshop opened for a light usage.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    For that usage, you will be totally fine with 8GB. There is an interesting test here.
     
  5. Toutou macrumors 6502a

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    For that usage, I'm totally fine with 4 GB.
     
  6. andreyush macrumors 6502

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    Using rMBP 2012 with 8GB with Logic Pro X...I'd say for your usage it's totally fine :).
     
  7. appleuserfan thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you all guys, now i'm a less nervous about my choice <3
     

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