Help (Upgrading RAM or not?)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hamilton1963, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Hamilton1963 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    Hi guys! I'm thinking about upgrading my MacBook Pro 13" memory to 8GB but, I wondering if I'll see a difference in speed. Any thoughts and advice will be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. jamisonbaines macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2007
    Open Activity Monitor and select the System Memory tab.

    Check the numbers for Page Ins/Page Outs/Swap used. If they are zero you do not need more RAM, if they are in the hundreds of MB or into the GB depending upon your uptime then an upgrade will definitely be of benefit. 8 GB is reasonably inexpensive so you might want to just do it either way.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    To clarify, page ins can be as much as you want, it will likely be several GB, however page outs is the number to watch. If it's much north of 200MB, I'd consider the upgrade, especially with current RAM prices.
  4. Hamilton1963 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    Thanks! Please tell how to open the Activity Monitor. Thanks again!

  5. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    Open Spotlight, Command + Space bar. Type activity monitor. It'll probably show up after the first couple characters.
  6. Hamilton1963 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    Thank you very much!


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