Enough RAM or overkill?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Forkjulle, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. Forkjulle macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2012
    I'm becoming increasingly tempted not to buy the new iMac and rather buy the rMBP. The specs are impressive. The price is high and I understand that, since the rMBP isn't upgradeable, my best bet is to buy the best I can now.

    I'm looking at the 2.6GHZ with 512GB RAM (because anything less is just a bit too little) and 16GB RAM. I've gathered (from these forums) that speed and memory trump storage space.

    The only reason I'm eyeing the 16GB RAM is because I want it to remain powerful for as long as possible. I currently have a PC with 6GB RAM and don't seem to need much more (perhaps 8GB will be the sweet spot).

    What are your thoughts on 8GB versus 16GB? Is it overkill? Will I even notice the difference? (I'm talking about basic/medium video editing (YouTube and home videos etc), and daily 300DPI Photoshop illustration work.)
  2. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    Another 8 vs 16 thread. So exciting.
  3. skate71290 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    To be nice and answer you, no you will notice minimal difference, especially with page-outs running to an SSD. If you do plan on keeping the laptop for 4-5 years then it might be worthwhile upgrading on purchase, as to assist with more demanding software in 2-3 years time.

    Also 512GB RAM.... no issues running everything there :rolleyes:

    Edit: Probably more worthwhile getting 2.3GHz and 16GB RAM... 2.6GHz for basic editing seems overkill really... although there will more than likely be SSD upgrades available soon from 3rd party vendors.
  4. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Tell me about it... At least he didn't preface his thread with "So I know there are loads of other threads already about this, but...". That kind of arrogant **** annoys me.
  5. iLikeTurtles! macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2012
    do you think the base model 2.3ghz, worth the extra 100 to jump to 2.6?
  6. Forkjulle thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2012
    Sorry if I offended you. I meant no harm by starting this thread. I've always believed that more conversation is better (being a discussion forum).

    I suppose the 16GB is worth the extra cash if one intends on keeping the machine for a few years, and buying more external storage is easy enough.
  7. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    There's a search function where you will find many threads discussing the same.
  8. Forkjulle thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2012
    Thank you for taking the time to visit this thread (instead of another more interesting one) and telling me that. I appreciate it greatly.

    Anyway. At what stage will one notice that 8GB is too little? I don't have a Mac (and this will be my first), so I'm not sure how well Macs handle RAM. (Also, do Macs slow down over time - and will extra RAM help avoid that?)
  9. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    You didn't offend me--lots of us who are contemplating the purchase of a rMBP enjoy reading these threads--sure there are plenty of them but so what--no one is forcing anyone to read them.
  10. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    Arrogance? Use the search button next time.
  11. Forkjulle thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2012
    Thank you again for your contribution, and God bless you. I had no idea that this discussion thread, in this discussion forum, forces you to click and read it. This Apple technology really is fantastic!
  12. thisrocks macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2008
    Melbourne Australia
    If you can't afford to upgrade it when Haswell or Broadwell come out (don't know how you'll be able to wait till Broadwell if you own one) do not get this machine. It's so beautiful, but like a sports car, it stupidly has performance issues. It's a great race horse thanks to its underlying CPU, SSD and ram, and you can even play modern games on quite decent graphics settings but navigating around the UI doesn't feel modern at all, you get used to it, until you get onto a machine that isn't pushing this many pixels. If you can afford to upgrade next year though, my word, hop in to this world.
  13. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    Video editing + big Photoshop files = 16GB helps immensely.
  14. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
    you do realize there is no retina version of photoshop right? it'll be a long time until there is one.
  15. iaymnu macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007

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