How much RAM?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by w.t.f, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. w.t.f macrumors newbie

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    Hi, thinking of picking up a macbook, and I was gonna upgrade the RAM. How much would be good for pretty normal day to day use? I usually have safari, itunes, MSN, limewire, and sometimes an emulator running.. I was thinking two would do me good, but anyone else have an opinion?
     
  2. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    I would recommend 2GB to everyone purchasing a new mac. If the machine comes with 2GB then you're set. :)
     
  3. w.t.f thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help, I'm running on a g5 imac with 512mb of ram right now, so it should be an improvement. lol.
     
  4. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    Just bought 4G for 80 bucks why just get 2????
     
  5. w.t.f thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I dont know if I'd utilize 4.. who knows though..
     
  6. xJulianx macrumors 6502a

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    Is it only the Core 2 Duo MacBook's that can utilize 4GB's?
     
  7. w.t.f thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah
     
  8. Ubercolios macrumors newbie

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    Only the Core 2 Duo Santa Rosa MacBooks can. The Napa Core 2 Duo MacBooks supported up to 3 GB of RAM.
     
  9. noetus macrumors member

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    Is this for sure? I have seen websites offering mods to get 4Gb in a 2.33GHz Macbook Pro, not sure if I can trust this though.

    What will happen if I just install 2x2GB in a 2.33GHz model? Will it at least utilize dual-channel then? (That's how it works with Wintel machines.)
     
  10. johny5 macrumors 6502a

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    Lots of posts about this on here, basically the macbook will only see 3gb of ram (about 3.3)
     
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    All C2D MB, MBP and iMac models can physically accept and will "see" 4 GB of RAM. However, only the SR models will be able to address more than 3.3 GB. Having 2 paired modules will enable dual-channel memory, but RW tests have shown that the speed improvement from this is negligible.

    I bought 4 GB of RAM for my Napa-based iMac and MacBook, because it was only $40/stick and I figured that if I am running multiple applications simultaneously, 3.3 GB may be a bit better than 3.

    Here are some benchmarks for various models and RAM configurations.
     

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