Best Upgrade for MBP 13, Hybrid or RAM?

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  1. Trentolol macrumors member

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    So I have my MBP 13, i5 2011.(btw, its awesome :D)

    For my first upgrade to the system, I am trying to decide between getting the Momentous XT or upgrading to 8gb, 1600 ram(hyperX?).

    What will give me the best bang for the buck?

    I am a student and have considered SSD route, but its too expensive for my needs(not enough space for me).
     
  2. KwanMan macrumors regular

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    It depends why you need the upgrade. If you want faster boot/ app loading times then the hybrid drive will achieve that, if you need more ram to run virtual machines and stuff then the ram will be your choice. If you are upgrading for the sake of it then I have no comment.
     
  3. Trentolol thread starter macrumors member

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    What will be faster in everyday use? ex: Web browing, itunes, mail, skype...
     
  4. KwanMan macrumors regular

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    The ram upgrade then, the Hybrid drive will only increase your boot times
     
  5. MacsOnAnabolics macrumors regular

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    The Hybrid drive will be faster than the current stock HDD in your MBP. And since all of you apps rest on your hard drive, the XT upgrade will give you the best performance.

    For common everyday user, you aren't to notice much, if any, any performance difference with the Hyper X.
     
  6. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    ya, this is true. The additional ram only helps if you really need it. Most desktop users won't need it so the hybrid will be more benefit. You'll see some modest improvements in speed for sure.
     
  7. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    I have the Kingston Hyperx on my MBP. They work great. Not a "huge" difference between them and a 8gb of 1333mhz. But it's nice to have the best possible. :D
     
  8. mtip macrumors member

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    Why do you need 8GB of memory for this kind of usage?
     
  9. Trentolol thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats what I'm trying to find out :p

    Right now, I'm leaning toward the hybrid drive. Can the flash inside be upgraded?
     
  10. advil0 macrumors newbie

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    Nope
     
  11. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

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    And how will adding more RAM make the computer go faster? Adding more RAM only increases speed if you were already pushing your RAM capacity. With "everyday use" the OP won't even come close to using his stock RAM, so it'll be better for him/her to get a faster hybrid HDD.
     
  12. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

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    You mean the flash module inside the Momentus XT? No, it cannot.
     

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