Aluminum macbook (pro) 4gb RAM -> upgrade worth it?

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  1. helix21 macrumors regular

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    I have the *collectors edition* unibody macbook 2.0Ghz (which then became the 13" MBP) which came with 2GB DDR3 preinstalled.

    I am thinking up upgrading it to 4GB but the problem is cash is hard to come by right now and am wondering if the upgrade is really worth it.

    Give your views

    EDIT: As requested, here is a screenshot of activity monitor

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  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Not a huge difference. There was a review recently comparing MBP 2gb vs 4gb, and it was only about 2 points on the scores.
     
  3. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    It really depends on the way you use your computer. If you use software that needs a lot of memory do it. If you just surf the web, IM, write documents etc you won't see any difference.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    If you're not running Photoshop or other demanding apps or you only have one application open at a time. Then you can easily live with 2gig.

    If you prefer to run with a few apps or like to use VMware/Parallels, or the other apps I mentioned then you will certainly see an increase in your performance. My general rule of thumb for this type of recommendation is that the majority of people will see an increase in performance but YMMV
     
  5. helix21 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone, i decided i will pass on it right now and will do it some time later. Instead, i will save up even more and spend it on the iPhone 3GS
     
  6. helix21 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, now i am reconsidering it again, and here is why

    with safari 4, mail, itunes, preview and iCal open i just have 200MB of free ram according to my activity monitor.

    Launching iMovie or word from here is a pain.

    What do you reckon? 4GB really worth it?
     
  7. Some Guy 555 macrumors regular

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    Tell us all the details in Activity monitor under "System Memory".

    The most important here is "free" and page-outs.
     
  8. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

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    4 is way better than just 2

    especially if the video card has shared memory

    having more than 4 Gb is useless

    4 is optimal
     
  9. helix21 thread starter macrumors regular

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  10. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    Well I would add the ram and get the Iphone maybe a month later.
     
  11. Some Guy 555 macrumors regular

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    You definately need more ram. You are using more than "0" page-outs which means its using the hard drive for memory now, potentially causing you to not get optimal performance. As well you are using some swap which is hard drive aswell (again, slower performance using the hard drive).

    I would highly recommend upgrading.

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146878
     
  12. helix21 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok then, putting the iPhone on hold mode then and ordering the RAM tomorrow

    Cheers, this is exactly what i needed, a pro-like analysis because something adding more RAM is just a waste
     
  13. Some Guy 555 macrumors regular

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    No problem :D

    Here is a refined power search I just did on newegg.com (U.S dollars) for ram that is compatible with the unibodies.

    Requirements:

    1. Must be a sodim (short sticks)
    2. 2GB each stick (2 total).
    3. Speed: PC3 8500 (1066mhz)
    4. 204Pin DDR3.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Value=3091:21118&PropertyCodeValue=3092:39101

    EDIT:

    I recommend the crucial ram down that list for $70.99. It got real good reviews (91% gave it a 5/5).
     
  14. helix21 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am in the UK so crucial UK it is. There doing it for a fantastic offer of £56. Its generally about £100 thanks to the EUs frankly ridiculous import tax laws and VAT
     

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