G.SKILL Ram MBP 2011

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    I recently put in 2x8 g.skill ram in my 15" mbp, works great.
     
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    I did the same in my 17" MBP, works as advertised.
     
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    I may get lampooned for this but I think OWC are mildly overrated. I would look an eye to newegg.ca in conjunction with your local shops for deals. Got my ram for $85 on newegg.
     
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    $85 for how many Gigs?? I can get the 8GB G.SKILLS for $50 and the OWC for $56. I was looking at the OWC cause I also wanted to get a tool kit as well so I would buy both at the same place.
     
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    Generally speaking RAM is RAM. As long as its DDR3 and has a decent warranty then your pretty much good to go.
     
  8. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I guess. I just want to make sure I'm getting good quality. Not sure what it is but my Ram gets eaten up pretty fast and it slows things down pretty good.
     
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    I installed 8 GB of G.Skill in my 2010 MBP before giving it to my cousin as he needed a laptop for college. The RAM is still working great after 2 years. G.Skill RAM has a lifetime warranty so if it ever goes bad you can just get the RAM replaced for free.

    OWC also has a lifetime warranty as well. I would hardly call them overrated. They make quality products and are usually one of the cheaper brands. They also still support Macs from yesteryear.
     
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    Lion seems to be pretty RAM hungry it ran alight with 4GB but when using intense Apps I would quickly run out. You'll be really happy with the performance that you get out of 8GB of RAM.
     
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    Do you think it will eat up all 8GB though? It also seems like Safari is pretty Ram hungry as well. But I prefer it to the other browsers.
     
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    You'll be just fine with 8 GB.
     
  13. Medic278 macrumors 6502a

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    No you should be all set. I only ever really ran out of RAM when I was really doing work in photoshop or final cut pro. If your just web browsing and watching movies and what not 8GB should be more than enough RAM for you. You will probably see a little performance jump. A good way to tell if you need RAM is launch activity monitor and click on system memory and check out what your page outs are. If your page outs are more than 1GB then you would do well with more RAM.
     
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    Okay cool. Thanks. It's only at 216KB right now but that cause I restarted my MBP a little while ago today.
     
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    $85 for 16gb. It's true, ram is ram and 8gb is most likely enough. I use 16 for audio production.

    Having 16 is pretty nice though in that you'll literally never have to close an application again :)
     
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    Enjoy is the least amount of money you can possibly spend for the best performance gain! You'll be really happy with the upgrade its cheap and very simple to do. If you need a step by step guide check out ifixit, its got a step by step with pics and a video you can use to guide you. Its really a pretty awesome resource.
     
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    Hmm must have been on sale cause the lowest price I see on NewEgg is $123 for two 8GB sticks.

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    Cool. Thanks again. I've done upgrades myself before though so I should be good. :)
     
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    No problem happy to help. Good luck with your upgrade and enjoy the performance!
     
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    Thanks! One other thing. Is there a difference between PC3-10600 and PC3-10666? Or does it matter??

    One thing that may be causing more RAM to be used it that I have an app called gfxCardStatus that I have set to force my MBP to only use the integrated graphics. Would that be a factor??
     
  20. Medic278 macrumors 6502a

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    Ill be honest thats a bit out of my level of expertise so I am not going to even venture guess. Perhaps someone with more knowledge can jump in here for you. Sorry. I just don't want to steer you in that wrong directions.
     
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    No difference. Just different naming convention.

    gfxCardStatus shouldn't use up that much memory. I'm currently running it to force integrated only on battery and it's only taking up 13 MB.
     
  22. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Maybe the app itself. But my 2011 MBP seems to run up to 4GB of memory usage fairly quickly. May take a few days but that's still pretty quick. And I only have 4GB. Once I hit that things get pretty slow and I get the spinning beach ball a fair amount. Videos like on YouTube can take a while to load and begin playing as well. I do keep Safari open with a lot of tabs. Maybe that's what's taking up so much memory.

    In my iStat widget when I start my laptop the memory swap is 0MB/64MB. Now it's 2.3GB/3.0GB.
     

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