Do I need 16GB ram for RMBP in running retinized apps in the future?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LisLove, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. LisLove macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2012
    I have a Macbookpro11 with 8GB ram, its totally fine.

    But along with update of retina apps, does 8gb seem to be insufficient?
    For example, the ram of New iPad was updated to 1GB for retina apps

    critically, there is no second chance to do that.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    There's no such thing as a "MacbookPro11" and if you have an Air you can't configure a new one to have 16 GB RAM anyways.
  3. sevimli macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2007
  4. PhaserFuzz macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2007
    8GB will be plenty for the average person for the next 4-5 years at least. If 8GB wasn't enough for "Retina", Apple would've made 16GB standard.
  5. Gata macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2010
    No- you may be running at a higher resolution, but it's not to the point at which 8 GB of RAM would be insufficient if it wasn't before Retina apps.
  6. Blue604 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2012
    Forecasting is hard, especially when it's about the future. ;)

    Joke aside, just get the 16gb.
  7. Fastball32 macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2011
    5 years ago, standard ram was 2gb.
    I think 8gb will last for the next 3 years, then it's the next "tick"
  8. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Apple always ever made standard what is currently cheap. When 4GB cost 50 bucks they were standard. Now 8GB cost that money = standard.
    It never had anything to do with what is needed.

    Anyway I doubt that 8GB doesn't suffice for a while. If you go by history 4-5 years is very optimistic. Technically if they get their act together with RAM use of OSX and browser the average person should do fine with 8GB for a while. Also swapping doesn't hurt nearly as much with an SSD that can push & pull 400MB/s and react much better randomly.
    Much software will be optimized to work in ever smaller devices. RAM on Notebooks and Desktops matter less and less. Few people really need 8GB today. Most only have it because it is cheap.

    The amount of extra MB that some retina icons and bitmaps suck shouldn't be all that noticeable. I would be more worried about VRAM. In the next decade I think the amount of RAM will be less important they will improve bandwidth, latency and power consumption primarily with stacked memory. 20 years ago more RAM was ALWAYS better. Now that is less and less true.
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    RAM doesn't hold what's on screen, VRAM(the graphics card's memory) does.
  10. Gata macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2010
    And considering that the VRAM in these models is 1 GB by default, I doubt that any actual increase in RAM would be necessary.
  11. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    I think people forget that 8GB of RAM is still A LOT.
  12. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    ReTina apps would be harder on the hard drive space more so than the ram....

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