Huge difference in ram upgrade from 2gb to 4gb?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Nor*Cal, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. Nor*Cal macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2007
    Irvine, CA
    I just purchased my first Mac (MBP Santa Rosa), and I ordered it with 2gb and figured if I did want to upgrade that I would order somewhere else for a cheaper price. My question is, is the 4gb really going to make a huge difference in speed? I paid extra for the 7200 rpm upgrade and was wondering if the 4gb would make much more of a difference. I'm planning on using it mostly for multimedia creation.
  2. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    depends on what you do with it...

    Photoshop, yes

    web browsing, no
  3. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    You might not notice a difference for the moment, but in the near future, 4gb will be helpful. My advice is to buy more RAM when you find your notebook slowing down.
  4. Akira1980 macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2007
    San Diego
    Yes, I am good with 2gb for now. But I am planning to get 4gb in about a year or so.
  5. Architect4122 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2007
    Sorry to hijack, this may seem obvious (and it is to some degree), but reassurance is always nice.

    At any given time I would be running Photoshop CS3 and Illustrator CS3 at the same time as well as Parallels (which would be running AutoCad, and sometimes rendering in VIZ). Sketchup may be running.

    I'd say 3-4 apps on top of Safari/etc. would be running.

    I think 4gig would be justifiable. The question I have is this (and its relation to this thread) is the price of the Mac RAM upgrade (about 675) worth it?

    I know its pricey, but where can you buy quality Mac certified (and life time guarentee) laptop memory?

    Thanks (and maybe this will help the starter of this thread as well)
  6. Nor*Cal thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2007
    Irvine, CA
    Yea you did help me, since I am an engineering student and use autocad and inventor 3d heavily.
  7. Architect4122 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2007
    Yeah, as an architecture student, theres alot of apps to be used (alot of them at the same time):

    Autodesk Products (AutoCad, VIZ)
    Adobe CS3 Design Premium
    Etc. etc. etc.

    I think in writing this I've confirmed I'll be decking it out with 4gig. Its just a matter of where to buy the memory. I couldn't find laptop Mac memory on 4 gig. So I'm not sure where to find some good memory to upgrade with (Corsair for example would be a RAM I would buy).

    I think it could possibly be pretty pricey in and of its self. If theres a huge difference, I'll upgrade aftermarket RAM; if the difference is minimal, I'll just go ahead and have the memory bundled when I buy the Mac.

    Let me know what you think, and others as far as where to find good memory.
  8. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    There is a huge difference between the cost in third party ram and Apple. This topic has been covered extensively. Personallt, I bought my 4GB from crucial for $300. OWC offers a 4GB kit for 220.
  9. SirCrumpet macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia

    NO NO NO NO NO NO!!! Apple ram is the biggest rip-off out there.

    I'm afraid I don't have the addresses available, but i know there is a page on Apple's support site with links to suppliers of apple authorised ram, otherwise I've heard good things about Crucial, OWC and Kingston. Your looking for 200-Pin SO-DIMM DDR2-667 Mhz Ram.
  10. Architect4122 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2007

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