How much memory do you have?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by MrFusion, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. MrFusion macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2005
    How much memory does your Mac have?

    My iMac (2 GHz core 2 duo) has 4 GB and I regularly see beachballs.
    I am running mail, safari, ical, quicktime, Xcode, address book, textedit terminal and mac journal. That is it. I am even closing stuff as much as possible and still it's beachballing and rattling about the hard drive. :mad:

    So how much memory does Lion need? If you are a developer, how much memory makes lion and Xcode comfortable to work with?
  2. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    4GB of RAM on my 2010 11" MBA and I ocasionally I get beach balls but not that much
  3. ninjaslim macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2010
    I have 2GB of RAM on my iMac 2.4 GHz C2D 20" and I rarely see beach balls with Mail, Safari, Preview and a number of documents open in Pages. On my MBP 2011 with 8GB of RAM I have seen a few, but that's because of the HDD in this thing.

    By the way, secondary question, does your iMac use an ATi graphics card?
  4. RobT, Aug 12, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011

    RobT macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2007
    Ohio, USA
    Just upgraded my MBP to 8GB today with RAM from OWC.

    HDD is 500GB 7200
  5. MacRum2011 macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2011
    I've had 4GB ram since Leopard, I've been getting regular beach balls since Snow Leopard, hasn't changed in Lion. I go to click on something like in a spot just to type text and there starts the beach ball and I hardly have anything open at times it does it, I even reinstalled snow leopard hoping to resolve it which it didn't. I thought going to Lion may have helped but not really.
  6. ninjaslim macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2010
  7. MrFusion thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2005
    Yes, it has an ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256 MB graphics card. Why? Is that important? I don't really play games.

    ---------- Post added at 01:45 AM ---------- Previous post was at 01:42 AM ----------

    System information says 500 GB SATA disk. I think it's an 7200 RPM. It came with the computer (BTO), I didn't replace it.
  8. Sodner macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Considering how much an iMac costs, to stop short and skimp on the memory seems silly, especially on an iMac when third party memory is reasonably priced and its simple to install.

    For $200 I got 16 GB.

    Beach balls? What beach balls? :)
  9. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
    Safari can (and will) eat up memory like crazy. See if switching to another browser helps.
  10. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    8 gb, 7200 RPM "data" drive and an SSD for my OS and Apps.
  11. mrtravel123 macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2007
    I went from 4GB to 8GB in my MBP because of Lion. More specifically, that Safari's memory leakage problem was slowing down my laptop. One day I had Safari and a couple of other programs running and ALL 4GB was being used. That was the day I decided I needed to go to 8GB.
  12. djrbx macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2011
    North Hollywood, CA
    I have 8 gigs on my MBP and I don't get any beach balls with Lion. I do however get occasional hangs with mail which a quick force quit fixes it. I only have 2 gigs of RAM on my mac mini '11 model and no issues there, but it is only used as an HTPC
  13. MacRum2011 macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2011
    I'm using 3.77GB of my 4GB ram right this moment and I have Safari with 10 tabs open and Outlook '11 open.
  14. ideal.dreams, Aug 12, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011

    ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    4GB on a mid-2009 MacBook Pro. Still runs as fast as the day I got it.
  15. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    I have memorized a lot of stuff, and I only see beach balls while at the beach.


    MBP late 2008 8 GB RAM, runs fine.
  16. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2011
    MBa 2011, 4 GIG of RAM

    IMAC I3 2010 8GIG of Ram
  17. HoosierInFL macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2007
  18. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 512 MB
    Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 200 GB ... 7200 RPM

    On a 15inch Early 2008 MacBook Pro

    Lion works flawless ... with the occasional stuck in sleep issue.
  19. artguy3d macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    I run 8gb in three computers - seems about right for an i7. But didn't like Lion so went back to Snow Leopard - 8gb works great with SL for everything I am running.

    Also have a older Macbookpro with just 2gb, but stuck a SSD in it and it still runs with the big dogs.
  20. EEXOOO macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2009
    I have 8GB on my 15" 2011 MBP. Will jump onto 12GB once the price goes down to a reasonable level.
  21. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    8GB, still get beachballs. It's all the plug-ins fault (Google+ Hangout) and hard drive speed.
  22. roxxette, Aug 12, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011

    roxxette macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    lol while i was reading these i got these little combo: major beach ball, temp rises to 80+ celcius , fans at 5k+ rpm PLUS after some minutes whole system frozen so i had to shut it holding the power button :D

    MBP 13' 2011 / and Lion
  23. srf4real, Aug 12, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011

    srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    8GB on 2011 mini server. Never seen one beachball yet or maxxed out memory or high temps. But I don't like Lion until they fix the basic bugs that never should have passed to GM release; unfortunately it came with the machine.:rolleyes:

    256 ssd, btw.
  24. Prallethrin macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2011
    4GB wish I had gotten more ... After a few programs the green part of the pie in Activity Monitor vanishes. :(

    That said, I don't think the beachballs have anything to do with memory, I get beachballs even when the Activity Monitor shows I still have free memory.
    Probably just Lion sucking. ಠ_ಠ
  25. denisvj macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2006
    Macbook Pro 2010 with 4 GB upgrading to 8 GB next week for Vmware .

    iMac 2007 with 4 GB.

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