Does more ram create heat = noise

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  1. 4now macrumors regular

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    Hi I have a MBP SR 2.2
    with 2G of RAM

    On the occasion things will slow down when I've been working on large PhotoShop files - during a long session
    So I'm wondering about adding more ram & how much more
    but

    Does adding more RAM cause more heat - which I guess would cause the fan to kick in to gear more regularly

    Or does it actually make things run more efficiently

    My main concern would be the noise - because I prefer a quiet working environment
    thanks
     
  2. juanster macrumors 68020

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    i dont think so, but i guess someone else will be able to get a more informed answer, i really really don't think so
     
  3. Mark16q macrumors newbie

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    can't speak for the MBP's, as I haven't increased ram on mine yet, but on my Lenovo going to 2 meg v. 1 quieted the system down and ran cooler. Guessing less hard drive work is the reason.

    mg
     
  4. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

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    I dont think so. I can run my TiBook all day, take off the keyboard, and feel the ram. It's just a little warm.
     
  5. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    yeah but it dosent get any hotter
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    More RAM does create a bit more heat, because there are more, and denser, RAM chips. But especially when using Photoshop and multitasking, more RAM means less time accessing the hard drive for swap files. Less hard drive activity means less heat, less noise and longer battery life.
     
  7. 4now thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all of your responses

    Now I'm wondering about the amount to get

    I never seem to see people listing 3G of ram

    Is it best to have even pairs or something (ie 4G)?
     
  8. Papajohn56 macrumors 6502

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    yes, because MBP's are dual channel enabled
     
  9. 4now thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is it really $700 to upgrade from 2G to 4G

    as I think i'm seeing on the apple site
     
  10. elcid macrumors 6502

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    which means they work something like 11% better when paired with same size/type. You want 4gig
     
  11. elcid macrumors 6502

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    get the lowest you can on your order and then update them yourself. it is sanctioned by Apple that you can do this yourself :) and it is about 500 bucks cheaper
     
  12. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Buying RAM from Apple is a joke. You can get 4GB for like $80 less.
     
  13. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    No, you can find 4GB of RAM for less than $100 at places like www.frys.com
     
  14. 4now thread starter macrumors regular

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    one more dumb question (maybe two)

    since I already have 2G
    do I have to look for the exact same brand to match

    also - can I only buy sets of 4G
     
  15. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    if its the ram that came with it its two 1gb sticks
     
  16. 4now thread starter macrumors regular

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  17. 4now thread starter macrumors regular

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    is this what i should be looking for

    4096Mb Kit (2 x 2 Gb module)

    Certified 50190x2 (is this the best / compatible option??)
    Techworks 12683-0001x2
    Kingston KTA-MB667K2/4G
     

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