Black macbook RAM situation.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mizquierdo31, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. mizquierdo31 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2013
    I know this has most likely been posted before but I just want to be sure before I go ahead and order something. I apologize for repeating stuff. I have a 2008 black macbook (macbook 4,1). 6GB RAM max capacity. I'd like to max it out, but in order to do so, I'd have to put in 4GB+2GB. This is obviously not matching which I hear increases performance if they are matching.

    I'd like to just hear some thoughts about what you guys think about this. Is it worth it to go with 4+2? Is it better to just go 2+2 since its matching? Will the matching performance of the 2+2 be better than the mismatched 4+2? Although it is only possible for a maximum of 6GB on this system, is it possible to have 4+4 which would satisfy the matching criteria and still provide atleast 6GB of RAM?

    Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks!
  2. seveej macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2009
    Helsinki, Finland

    Firstly, (just to make sure) not all "blackbooks" support 6 gigs (see, but I'm assuming you have one of the later models...

    Whether you get any increase in performance from 4->6 gigs is largely dependent on whether (and how often) your current 4 gigs are used up.

    I recommend you familiarize yourself with the activity monitor's "memory" tab and how to study it. But to say it short: If 4 gigs is not enough (and 6 gigs would be better), the performance increase you could get from adding RAM outweighs any slowdown from "mismatching".



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