is 11 GBs too much ram?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Keebler, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    Hi folks,

    I use DVDStudio Pro, Toast, Final Cut Pro, Fotomagico (slideshow app) and bitvice often.

    I have 3 GB and am thinking of filling the rest of the slots with 2 gb sticks for a total of 11 GBs.

    Is that overkill? I just have the stock vid card as I'm waiting for a new one to come out?

  2. newtech macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Is $1.000,000.00 too much money? Seriously More RAM = better, always when using video/audio apps.
  3. LeKiD macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2007
  4. fridgeymonster3 macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2008
    I have 10 GB and I am running multiple CS3 simultaneously and doing some Handbrake encoding and moving among Spaces or between apps is much smoother than when I had only 2 GB.
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Are you glass half full or glass half empty?

    Some people would say, it's not maxed out yet, I could go for 32gb.

    Some people would drool at 11gb...

    Well more typically is better, especially with video editing.
  6. Lurgen macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2008
    Is 11GB too much? No.
    Is 8 cores too much? No.

    Now stop asking these questions before my wife finds this forum and realises what a ridiculous system I have ordered!
  7. kingkezz macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2006
    I run FCS 2 to edit and export HDV in SD and Blu-Ray. I have a 10gb ram in my new mac pro.

    When doing a 2-pass export to SD DVD with compressor istat pro tells me I have 6 gig of ram free. Do I have more ram than I need?
  8. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    ok folks....i get it...11 GBs will be nice ;)
    thanks. really need to look at bitvice for mpeg2 compression.
    I really don't try to push anything on these forums, but man oh man...i'm telling you compressor SUCKS compared to bitvice in terms of quality.

    if you are producing for clients, you need to check it own your clients at least a test. :)
    the default settings for SD are remarkable. the colour, brightness and depth of compressor literally pales in comparison.

    i know you didn't ask for my opinion, but i felt i needed to tell you, as a colleague in this world.

    btw, your extra 6 GBs means you've got extra space to play with other apps while compressor (or hopefully, bitvice :) is running.

  9. Topper macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    11 GB the way you are doing it doesn't work.
    You have to have even numbers.
    The only 11 GB combination that works is 4- 2 GB sticks with 2- 1 GB sticks with 2- 512 MB sticks.
    I am guessing that you have 3- 1 GB sticks.
    You could add 4- 2 GB sticks and 1 GB stick for a grand total of 12 GB of memory.
    Or you could add 5 more 1 GB sticks for 8 GB of memory.
    Or you could add 2- 2GB sticks, 1- 1GB stick, and 2- 512 MB sticks for 9 GB of memory.
  10. newtech macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    He may have an older Mac that shipped with 2 X 512MB FB-DIMMs and added 2 X 1GB.
  11. Topper macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    Okay, you are right, good point.
    As a matter of fact, it sounds likely.
  12. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    yup...newtech is right. shipped with 2x512's.

    but thanks for your diagram b/c i was just about to hunt for it! :)

    I've always liked the #11 anyways so it's good to go ;)


    btw, any chance you'd have one of those for a powermac G5 dual 2.0 (summer 2004)? I can't find one on apple's site.
  13. Topper macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    I have the G5 2.0 but I only have what is in the manual.

  14. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005

    I have the same config actually in my macpro

    2 x512mb
    2 x 1gb
    4 x 2gb

    To be honest I just filled up the slots because I had a spare bit of cash in the business account that needed spending (either that or the taxman would have taken it anyway) so I upped my ram.

    Works great, but I have yet to use more that 5gb and that was only when I was working on a massive photoshop project.

    Oh well :) Enjoy
  15. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    Same here...running happily with 11GB of RAM. Had the stock 2x512mb from Apple, then bought 2x1GB from Crucial. Then this December, prices had dropped so much that I picked up 4x2GB of OWC (for about the same I paid for the Crucial!!)

    I too have only used about 5-6GB at once with a large PS project open.

    It's nice to not have to worry about memory. :p

    Can't do this as easily with Windows!! :apple:

  16. chadosan macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2007
    Key West, Florida
    Another vote for Bitvice

    I have been using Bitvice for a while now and can honestly say the M2V's it produces are very good. I like compressor for H.264, but for Std. Def DVD encodes you just can't beat Bitvice.

  17. johny5 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2007
    Just having 2gb stock was a nightmare for me and I only use iphoto, imovie, itunes, VMware Fusion (XP ideally set to 1gb ram), Visualhub and safari

    I upgraded to 6gb and then to 10gb, now it flies! I have however noticed that the majority of the time 6gb would have been sufficient, but i do not regret getting 10gb as it was cheap enough anyway.

    If you have the cash, get 11 (or rather 10).
  18. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Yes, 11GB of RAM is too much. 640K ought to be enough for anyone!
  19. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    You can never have too much of a good thing .. :cool:
  20. jtblueberry macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2007
    Pismo Beach, CA
    I jut got my mac and added ram to total 14GB. I figured it would be overkill but was amazed to find to I consistently use all of my ram. I use Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Lightroom. I think Photoshop uses extra ram as scratch. In the future I'll max out my system whenever possible...32GB would be nice:D
  21. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    thanks for the feedback folks. I'm excited to have it jacked up enough that i won't need to worry :)
  22. jjaenagle macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2008
    No but I think an extra 256 megabytes would be way overboard
  23. mkrad macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2008
    Midwest, USA
    boot camp 2 Gb RAM limitation

    New MP with 16Gb RAM (further specs below), boot camp seems to limit RAM recognition to 2Gb. I have a work-critical program that requires WinXP for medical image manipulation and performs much better with more RAM; do parallels or fusion allow greater RAM recognition in WinXP or am I going to have to wait for some Apple upgrade (firmware or otherwise) to recruit more of the RAM? Funny, they don't publicize the RAM limitation in any press or sales releases...
  24. Luis macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    Costa Rica
    I tend to agree with people who say you cannot have enough ram.
  25. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    Leopard is a 64-bit OS, which in addition to a few other things means that it can support an ungodly amount of RAM.

    You're probably using a 32-bit windows OS, which will only see up to 3.25GB on a PC, regardless of how many physical sticks are installed.

    A 64-bit version of a windows OS in Boot Camp would be able to recognize all of your RAM (The 64-bit Windows compatibility was very recently added).

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