Do I need more RAM?

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  1. pcgeek12345, Dec 30, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011

    pcgeek12345 macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    I use my Macbook every day for school and website work using Adobe Dreamweaver CS4, Photoshop CS4, and Bridge CS4 on a daily basis. I have noticed that Lion is a RAM hog, as well as Safari. I would think that 4 GB would be more than sufficient. In the screenshot below, I have Safari, iTunes, and my connection manager for my air card open and I have 13 MB of ram free. I am getting beachballs constantly. Coming from a PC, I know how a system acts when it needs more RAM, but I’ve not really experienced a lot of slowdown.

    This is my first Mac, so let me know if I am doing something wrong, or have any tips for improving the memory usage of Lion.

    I am using an Early 2011 MBP with the 2 GhZ Quad Core i7 processor and the standard Intel Graphics Card.

    So, do I need to add more RAM?


  2. mape2k macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    I think you forgot to attach the picture.

    Anyway, check your Page out value in the Activity monitor under System memory. If this value increases during your use (~1GB and more), you would probably benefit from having more RAM.

    Regardless of the outcome, the constant beach balls suggest that you are indeed running out of memory.

  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You didn't attach a picture, but there's more to it than just free memory.

    Launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor

    Your beachballs may not have anything to do with RAM. Launch Activity Monitor and change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes", then click on the CPU column heading once or twice, so the arrow points downward (highest values on top). Then look to see what may be consuming system resources.

    Performance tips for Mac OS X
  4. Mikesus macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2011
    I recently purchased a late MBP i5 with 4gb. I was getting beachballs when I had parallels (trial) running and sometimes just when time machine was running, but the page outs were < 1gb. I deferred to the "experts" that it must be something else.

    Well, Newegg had a package deal with 8gb and a copy of parallels for $80. I bit.

    FF to today after adding the ram. I have 0 page outs, and in general it seems snappier, and the video of course got bumped to 512.

    Did I need it according to the "experts"? No. Did it help? Yes. YMMV.
  5. aCondor macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2010
    United States
    Some extra RAM never hurts. And it is pretty cheap.
  6. Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    Newegg has one heck of a deal.

    8GB G.SKILL RAM (2 4GB chips) for $50. That's INSANE! I've never used G.Skill RAM, but it's worth a shot for $50. SHELL SHOCKER: G.SKILL 8GB RAM
  7. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    I have 6GB of RAM and still get 1gb+ of Page Outs under heavy use, more RAM is NEVER a bad thing.
  8. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    I'd suggest the 8GB for you. Anyways, I've attached my screenshot as well since everyone else is doing it :)

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