Anyone regret getting 2gb ram only?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jayo123456, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. jayo123456 macrumors regular

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  2. dmelgar macrumors 68000

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    If they don't they will.
    No way to upgrade later. Memory has the biggest impact on speed and what you can run.
     
  3. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Well just my 2 cents but you can't go wrong with getting an AIR with 4GB ram, but you CAN go wrong getting 2GB as it's possible that more ram might be beneficial depending on your usage (such as multiple tabs in the browser) and in this case you won't be able to upgrade once you go for the 2GB. Keep in mind the GPU reserves some ram and about 500MB is wired so you're not getting the whole 2GB to use for your programs.
     
  4. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    Nope, I don't regret it. I am playing Call of Duty: Black Ops right now on my Air!
     
  5. Vihzel macrumors 6502

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    For my needs as just a regular student... nope. I only use Safari, iTunes, iPhoto, iCal, and Microsoft Office apps on a regular basis.
     
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It depends on what you plan to run. If you want to run a virtual machine, get 4GB. It makes a huge difference. For $100, it's a worthwhile upgrade.
     
  7. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    No, and if you bother reading the many other threads on this topic, you'll find that everyone who actually bought and used their 2 GB models are perfecty happy with their choice.

    By the way, Windows via VMWare fusion feels just as fast on my 2GB MBA as on my 27" iMac with 8 GB of RAM.
     
  8. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    This is not rocket science. With any PC (desktop, laptop, server) there are 3 ingredients to a purchase; Options, Money and Projected Workload. Options are further divided into 2 subcategories; Ones you can change later and those you can't.

    Options: With the MBA, you cannot upgrade the CPU, Memory or disk size (SSD) later. There's a possibility the SSD can be upgraded via an aftermarket kit, but none has been announced. Will the CPU, Memory and SSD be enough for as long as you plan on owning the laptop?

    Money: How much do you have?

    Projected Workload: Almost every thread like this starts with someone describing what they are using their current laptop for now. That's a starting point, not an ending point and it's sufficient only if you do not plan on changing how you use the laptop for the time you own it. Only considering how you currently use your laptop is like navigating by your wake.
     
  9. Zackmd1 macrumors 6502a

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    Second this! 2gb is perfect for what I use the air for. COD MW2 runs high settings in bootcamp to.:D
     
  10. afireintonto macrumors 6502a

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    i'm a student too and this is all i need my air to do.
    i'm very happy with 2gb ram.

    if i need a machine with 4gb of ram, i'll just upgrade my whitebook.
     
  11. astrorider, Nov 13, 2010
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    +1

    I've written about it in other threads, but I've thrown everything I can at my 13" Air w/ 2GB and it works much better than I thought it ever would, likely due to the fast SSD compensating for any lack of RAM.
     
  12. T4R06 macrumors 65816

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    the 2GB is fast enough for me. i do RDC my work laptop and at the same time multiple tabs on OSX. its fast!

    instead, get the 128ssd.
     
  13. Gauss-Jacobi macrumors newbie

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    I only had 2 gigs in my Alu MB, and I never really had a problem with memory usage unless I had MALAB running. i just ordered the 13" air with 4 gigs, but more as a precaution than anything. If you don't plan on doing gaming or LU factorizations of 10,000x10,000 non sparse matrices, 2 is probably sufficient
     
  14. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    If you are worried about it you should get it.
     
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    +1;). You will never regret going for too much ram. Might be useful when Lion comes out.
     
  17. cheapa55 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't regret getting 2GB. As a matter of fact, I bought a 11" 2GB for me when it was released and I have just ordered a 13" 2GB for the wife.
     
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  19. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    i actually had the 1.4GHz/4GB version, but returned it for the 2GB version. In day to day use, I was never close to using 2GB of ram. Why pay more for something you will rarely take advantage of?
     
  20. Essjay macrumors regular

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    I am a student and 2GB is fine for what I need. Although 4GB is only $100, it is 10% of the price of the base MBA.
     
  21. ep1cn00bt00b macrumors newbie

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    What graphics setting can you play it on?
    The 320m is quite a good card for a computer that size, but I never knew it would play high-res games.

    BLACK OPS IS GOOD, BUT LAGS HERE IN AUSTRALIA.
     
  22. Zackmd1 macrumors 6502a

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    The 320m is a BIG improvement over the 9400m in the previous version. My baseline 13 air can play Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 on high settings and still get 30-40FPS... very impressive for a laptop this size!
     
  23. HLdan macrumors 603

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    I'm really confused here. If people are playing MWF2 on high settings and some others are playing Black Ops on the Air just fine then why are some people saying they don't get great performance with these games on a MBP Core i (5 or 7) with the 330GPU that is better than the 320?
    :confused:
     
  24. jayo123456 thread starter macrumors regular

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    seams like no one here has regretted it yet....


    just got it
    considering I'm only gonna keep this >6months, I think I should be ok.
     
  25. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    So which apple store didn't charge you the restocking fee? Because that should've erased the $100 you saved.

    If all you're ever going to do is use it like an iPad or word processing than the 2gb is good. If it's going to be your main rig for the next couple years then get the 4gb.
     

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