Is 16gb over 8gb worth 400$ ?

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  1. Fanthomas, Jul 31, 2014
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    Fanthomas macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys! I'm a student and I use FCPX and Adobe After Effects to do my projects. I hesitate between two rMBP models. I don't make long and heavy projects (they rarely last more than 10 minutes each) but I work with Full HD 1080p footage. Do I need 16gb for 400$ over 8gb. My budget is already taxed by the heavy cost of a mac. I was wondering if I could be fine with only 8gb!

    Thanks for your opinion!
     
  2. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    With Mavericks, 8GB is more than enough. With memory compression, 8gb is like have 13 to 15Gb of RAM, you will be fine.
     
  3. DJJAZZYJET macrumors 6502

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    You will be fine with 8GB, also upgrading the CPU will probably shave a few seconds of exporting time so don't worry too much about it and get the model that won't impact your finances.
     
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  5. Erphern macrumors 6502

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    Generally speaking, <=8GB is for those who don't ever open Activity Monitor and agonize over what OS X is doing. You're probably fine with 8GB. It's still an awful lot of memory.

    Unfortunately, my OCD made me rather happy to get 16GB, so whatever... ;)
     
  6. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Definitely! The Mavericks memory compression is very good.

    I currently have 8GB physical but am using 10.51GB and zero swap, have seen this as high as 14GB with compression and my usage...
     
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  9. Fanthomas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks to each one of you! My doubts are cleared! I owe you one :)
     

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