CPU Power vs. Ram?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lightuser333, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. lightuser333 macrumors newbie

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    I am getting a new 13" rMBP, but I don't know which model... Here are the options:
    - rMBP 13" 8GB 3.0 ghz
    - rMBP 13" 16GB 2.8 ghz

    I am going to game (Cod4 and Minecraft, mostly), use xcode to programm, use garageband or imovie, etc.

    So what do you guys think?

    Thanks!
     
  2. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    The difference in CPU speed in negligible... I'd go with the higher quantity of RAM.
     
  3. Potatochobit macrumors regular

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    8GB is way way plenty for video games

    but playing games is your main thing, macs are stupid

    they are more for design work - and then playing video games
     
  4. poiihy macrumors 68020

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  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Generally I recommend ram over CPU because the small difference in the clock rate won't really be noticeable, but your stated uses really don't indicate a need for the 16GB of ram.

    I recommend the 8GB model.
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Neither will perform better than the other at gaming.
     
  7. borostef macrumors 6502

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  8. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    I notice the occasional iMovie use.

    Without question, RAM.
     
  9. Dsching Suspended

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    I do not know why you are considering any upgrades.
     

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