Anyone care to speculate re: RAM in next upgrade?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by splitpea, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. splitpea macrumors 6502a

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    Any thoughts on how much memory the next MBP and rMBP upgrades will support? 16GB in the 13"? 32GB in the 15"? How about 16GB in the MBA? Or do you think we'll have to wait until 2014 for those numbers?
     
  2. Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

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    We still don't have 16gb modules and there's almost no chance of Apple risking mucking up their cooling design to stick 2 more DIMMs or DIMM slots on the mobo, so I would bet on no 32GB MacBook until DDR4. Next year would be optimistic but (I suppose) not out of the realm of possibility.
     
  3. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    Based on specification sheets the 2011 Sandy Bridge MBPs (and 2012 Ivy Bridge-based systems) should be able to take 32 GB as they are. There just aren't any 16 GB DIMMs available to achieve it.
     
  4. Trey M macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking sometime in 2014 as well. Just doesn't seem like a need for it. Most with 16GB RAM will never touch it. And I doubt Apple's next OSX will be much more power/RAM hungry than ML.
     
  5. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    How much RAM does a "general consumer" machine need? The MBP with the onboard graphics is too underpowered for big-time gaming and I think even 8GB is overkill for most of Apple's clientele.
     
  6. splitpea thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My three-year-old laptop supports 8GB, though, and several three-year-old models support 16GB. You'd think that in that time the capacity would increase. And that the people who needed 8GB four years ago might want more than that in a laptop now.

    In fact, ironically enough, the 2010 13" MBPs (and even non-"pro" Macbooks) support 16GB, but the 2013 ones don't!
     
  7. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    I think that the 13" rMBP will get the 16GB option, but no other changes.
     

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