Benefit of extra RAM for Xcode and Handbrake

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  1. LastLine macrumors 65816

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    Hey all,

    I have a mid 2010 i3 21.5" iMac. It comes stock with 4gb of RAM.

    I've just had a nice tax return and I'm considering expanding by adding another 8 to take it to 12gb, or replacing the lot and going to 16gb. Will this give me a noticeable difference in encoding performance in handbrake, and Xcode performance, or is there something else I should be considering?
     
  2. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

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    You probably won't notice a difference at all. The 16GB memory would be nice, but Handbrake or Xcode performance is not very memory hungry.

     
  3. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No? I'd have thought RAM would have been quite handy in Xcode? It seems to be quite the resource hog at times.
     
  4. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure it wouldn't hurt, but over a certain amount, you hit the point of diminishing returns. I'd be surprised if 16GB was any better than 8 for Xcode. Handbrake won't make any difference at all with more memory.
     

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