Anyone own a late 2011 MBP (question about RAM)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Soundburst, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Soundburst macrumors 6502a

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    Hi everyone,

    I was just wondering if anyone had upgraded from the standard 4GB to 8GB. . .and if so, was it worth it? Will there be a noticeable improvement do you think?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Hearing what other people choose won't help, as everyone's needs and usage habits are different. To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor
     
  3. Soundburst thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks :)

    Since I turned my Mac on, I've been in Pro Tools a bit (nothing intensive) but my Page out is 0, my Page in is 700mb :)
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Keep an eye on it for a day or so. If you have zero page outs, you won't see any improvement from adding RAM. You will always have page ins, so there's no need to track those.
     
  5. Soundburst thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK. Thanks a lot for your help bud. :)
     
  6. jamin00 macrumors 6502

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    What is a high level of page outs??

    I restarted about 5 hrs ago and got this so far "424mb ins" and 692kb outs"


    Thanks
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you read my first post?
     
  8. jamin00, Jun 18, 2012
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    jamin00 macrumors 6502

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    Nope, did now tho :)
     

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