Does it help to add more RAM than I use?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thesmallelder, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. thesmallelder macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2006
    On my MBP, I typically use about 1.5GB of RAM, so there is almost always 500mb or more free. Will adding additional RAM (2GB more) make a difference in this case if I never use all of my current 2GB?
  2. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    You can never have "too much" RAM. If you have the money, I would definitely max out my MacBook Pro.
  3. xoggyux macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    having a bigger glass with the same amount of water that an small glass can hold does not mean that it will calm your thirst better.
    Anyway seeing 4GB instead of 2GB have a profound psychological effect, so go ahead.
  4. jeremybuff macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    Asheville, NC
    Despite what others may say, more ram does help. Of course, it depends on the situation, but I would def suggest adding the RAM. It's helped me in the past on systems that I don't necessarily "need" it.
  5. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    Best quote I've seen. Many if not most think maxing the RAM will help and yet not even using 2GB in reality. But it sure does help psychologically so go ahead.
  6. emt1 macrumors 65816

    Jan 30, 2008
    If its more than you use, then no. It will not help. It won't hurt, but if you aren't even going to use it, then it won't help. Why buy a 500GB HD when you only need 250GB?
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    This is great. If the OP has the money, iLog.Genuis is going to max out his machine. :D
  8. Thiol macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    Perhaps average usage is not the best way to judge if you need more RAM. I prefer to ask what your page in to page out ratio is. If you never page out, then you don't need more RAM.

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