How much memory for Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nph, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005

    As a proud owner (on the 14th according to Amazon) of a Macbook Pro 1.83 I want to maximize battery life and performance.

    Since it only comes with 512 meg RAM I wonder if I should through in just another 512 module to save battery life and higher performance (by having the same memory in both slots) or go straight for another 1 Gig stick for a total of 1.5.

    What is the general thoughts about the effect on battery life and performance with 0.5 or 1 gig extra RAM?

  2. ncook06 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2006
    Tampa, FL
    I'm just spending the extra $50 and going for another gig. But as everyone is going to say here, "It depends on what you're using it for."
  3. netb0y macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2004
    Where are you getting a 1GB stick for $50?
  4. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    I found when I put an extra 512 MB in my PB (to equal 1 GB) the battery life stayed pretty much the same and the performance increased greatly. Also, due to Rosetta on the MBP, you'll want at least 1GB so that everything runs nice and smoothly. If you can afford 1.5GB then go for it.
  5. KD7IWP macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    American living in Canada
    I would say get over one gig. That's what I have, and I'm surprised how easy it is to fill up that RAM and get pageouts. I have thousands upon thousands of pageouts after opening iphoto for a few minutes. So I would recommend more. I can see it slowing down when I scroll through photos.
  6. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Buy a 1GB stick for the open slot. That way when you won't get a 512 stick thats useless when you want to upgrade again in the future. Tiger needs at least 1 GB to run smoothly anyway, and with Rosetta, you're going to need even more.
  7. ncook06 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2006
    Tampa, FL
    I was only trying to point out that the price difference is usually a little over $50.
  8. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I've used my iMac 1.83 Core Duo with 512, 1 GB, and 1.5 GB.

    The 512 was pretty unusable, in my opinion. I could use *some* applications one at time. Rosetta applications (intensive ones) were dream on.

    1 GB was pretty much ok for just about anything I wanted to do natively and ok for doing light work under Rosetta. However, together, I'd still get bogged down sometimes doing things that didn't seem too too intense.

    1.5 GB - I don't notice any problems. Rosetta applications and Intel apps are smooth and enjoyable. Eventually I'll get 2 GB total, but it's perfectly fine at 1.5, for what I do.

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