How much difference does RAM make?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by hob, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. hob macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2003
    London, UK
    being quite new to macs, I was wondering... how much difference does ram make? I was assuming with my G3 900mhz being quite top spec (for a g3 =P) that OS X would be running quite fast... I currently have 256MB of ram, and was wondering if replacing one of the 128s with a 512 would be worth the £90 investment?

  2. bubbamac macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2003
    Absolutely. Max out the RAM, and you'll have a completely different machine.
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    In a word...YES! OS X loves memory and IMO 256mb is not enough, you need at least 512mb, more if possible. It will be £90 well spent if you ask me.
  4. Calliander macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2004
    Long Beach, CA
    That's an understatement. :)

    We have a Dual 2 here as a demo unit and the other day we tossed 8GB of RAM into it.

    I'll let you imagine the rest. Hehe.
  5. CMYanko macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    It's my understanding that 384 is the magic number for OS X but given the price of RAM these days there is no reason not to max it out.
  6. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands

    I'm imagining..... and DROOLING. WOW.
  7. krimson macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    first thing i did when i got my QS was to order (2) 512mb sticks and when they were installed, sold the free 256mb i got on ebay.
  8. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    I did some testing on application load times on my 800Mhz G3 iBook. The stock 128MB vs. 768MB.

    There was an average 40% increase in speed. In geek-fashion, I timed the applications before and after :D
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I got an iBook G3/900 with 128 MB a few days ago. Man, was this painfully slow with 128. Never saw the beach ball so much, even with 10.0.

    Just finished installing my 512MB crucial module and it's like a totally differnet animal.

    I bought the iBook cheap for S&G but just may replace my iMac 600 Mhz with it while I pine for a G5 to come out. Hmm, now I need to buy a monitor.
  10. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    MacAddict did a test with this. They found that on almost all macs RAM can double performance. On the G5 it can improve performance by 2,3,4 and 5 times the performance.
  11. Pilgrims Pro macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2003
    Maxing out the RAM was the best investment I made. OS X works so much smoother and runs flawlessly.
  12. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    I have 768MB in my Mac now. Think bumping that up to 1024MB will give it a BIG boost?

    Cause I was thinking of giving the 256MB module back to my friend and getting 512MB eventually.
  13. Pilgrims Pro macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2003
    If you have Panther run the Activity monitor and watch Memory Usage. The will give you a better idea. You can run it as a pie chart in the dock.
  14. Dale Sorel macrumors 6502a

    Dale Sorel

    Jan 12, 2003
    When I bumped my 700 MHz G4 iMac from 512MB of RAM to a gig it made a BIG difference :D
  15. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    the more ram you can afford the better, putting in ram can give your machine new life and stave off the need to buy a new machine.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    Bay of Fundy
    i've got a 512 SO-DIMM on route to me that i ordered last night. I am hoping for a performance increase on my 17" powerbook going from 512 to a gig because i've got a term project on Final Cut coming up, and I want as much performance as possible (I also picked up a Firewire 800 drive for a scratch disk). here's hoping my already speedy machine is faster than ever :D i'll get some before vs. after benchmarks ready when it arrives :cool:

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