Help with Macbook Pro RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gpetter21, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. gpetter21 macrumors newbie

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    I own a 2011 macbook pro 13" and i am looking into upgrading to 8GB of RAM. I heard that uprading to 8gb actually increases the VRAM from 384 MB to 512 MB on the intel HD 3000. Is this true and would i see a difference in gaming? Also what are the other advantages of 8GB? Thank you.
     
  2. Chiuy macrumors 6502

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    Doubt it.
    Ram is ram. It won't actually increase anything except that it's good for multitasking.
    You need more ram if you like to photoshop, run 1000+ tabs, video editing and rendering, and like to do a lot of multitask stuff.
    But 4GB should be plenty, just look at your activity monitor.
    If it says you're using a lot of ram, then I suggest buying more ram and it'll actually multitask better.
     
  3. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Short answer: Yes. When you install 8 GB RAM, the HD3000 is allocated 512 MB for use as VRAM. Whether that makes much difference in gaming is doubtful.

    Other advantages are easier multi-tasking and especially if you're running virtual machines.
     
  4. gpetter21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you guys that makes sense. so its doubtful that i would see a difference in gaming? i was running minecraft and this tab and activity monitor said i was using every bit of ram i have.
     

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