Is 2 gb of ram enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by adamj575, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. adamj575 macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2011
    Thinking of picking a used 11 inch mb air...prolly try to get one on the bay for $500 or so...most likely looking at a 2010 base model for that the 2 gb of ram enough for mountain lion and a few apps running? won't be my main machine but it just sounds low...I would mainly use safari, iTunes and iPhoto ( which I don't see any way 2gb would run iPhoto)....if you have this model lemme know how we'll it holds up today....thanks!
  2. fleawannabe macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2011
  3. Zeke D macrumors 6502a

    Zeke D

    Nov 18, 2011
    I have 2GB in my original air... It's a total dog. facebook tanks it completely. java and flash also wreck it.
  4. marioman38 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Elk Grove, CA
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    4GB is pretty standard today - If you get 2GB you will not be able to upgrade, and therefore will be stuck with those 2GB if they're not enough, or if it becomes not enough in the future.
  6. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    it was enough once - barely, but no - not these days
  7. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2008
    This question will be different for everyone. A lot of people on this site are use to having the latest Mac so to them it is unusable but to you it might be perfectly fine.
  8. fleawannabe macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2011
    I would really look for 4GB, I have 8GB but most of the time I have 5GB free.
  9. solsearchin macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2012
    I have 2gb, the system isn't sluggish at all, I've actually had 3 Mac airs with 2 gb ram and none have been sluggish so that's false. With 2gb you can run safari and a few small apps. Page in/outs will most likely occur... Mountain lion manages ram better than lion but not by much. I personally installed ram optimizers and just watched my ram usage and free up some when needed. It is a bit of a hassle, if your on a budget and would only be using safari, small apps, streaming YouTube you would be ok. If you can save a little more for 4gb ram, you'll have less limitations and can do twice as much on it.
  10. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    2 GB will be horrible even for just Safari. I would feel sorry for you if you have 2 GB.

    2 GB if you're just planning on typing with TextEdit all day,
    4 GB should be enough for Safari,
    6 GB for Keynote, Pages and Numbers.
    8 GB for Gamers, Photoshop, Indesign, Aperture, Lightroom and rare AE projects
    10 GB for very short (3 minute) Final Cut Pro X projects,
    12 GB for rare 12 minute FCPX projects, and a bit more common AE projects
    14 GB for insane Photoshopping (500 layers on 4096x2000 at 300 DPI), and common 12 minute FCPX Projects,
    16 GB for frequent AE projects, 20 minute FCPX Projects,
    32 GB for 10 Motion projects rendering while 30 minute FCPX is rendering and an AE project,
    64 GB for 50 minute FCPX project with few effects,
    128 GB for 50 minute FCPX projects with a lot of effects,
    256 GB for 1.5 hours of FCPX projects with few effects,
    512 GB if you're making a harry potter film.
  11. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Oh, will you just shut up?

    The OP is clearly not going to do any of those stuffs which require 8gb of ram or more on your list (and even then, I am certain those are gross overestimates). My friend has a 2011 air (2gb ram), and it more than suffices for his daily tasks. It even handles mountain lion very well. That just goes to show how well apple's software integrates with their hardware line.

    To the OP, my answer would be a "yes" but with caveats, in that for just some more cash, you get a substantially better device.
  12. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    Nope, I won't shut up. Besides, it's interesting, anyway. At least he would get an idea how much to get if he would be making a harry potter movie. :p
  13. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    It comes down to your tolerance for cost vs. longevity. My wife's 2010 MBA only has 2GB of ram/64GB SSD. She does safari, itunes, iphoto and MS Office (Word and PPT). Though it may not run the latest 3d games blazingly, it certainly is NOT sluggish for her uses. She also does lots of Facebook gaming w/o issue.

    I expect to get at least another 2years of use out of the machine based on its current performance for the mentioned uses. If that helps any.
  14. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    I do all kinds of stuff with my 2GB i5 Air - I'd like 4GB but it's fine. I also have a 4GB 13" Air.

    I had the 2GB C2D Air and this one is much faster, but the old one was still pretty usable. But I'm not sure I would buy a C2D these days - maybe a maxed out model if it was cheap, but the i5 is a big upgrade - and a 2011 isn't much more than a 2010. I sold my C2D 1.4GHz for $500 and bought the i5 1.6GHz for $575
  15. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    I would at least get a 2011 model but 2gb of ram is fine. My friend has a 2010 base MBA and it works for her.
  16. Retops macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2008
    On the off chance you want a serious reply....

    I am writing this on a 2010 MBA 11 with 2GB of RAM. It is the machine I use for college teaching so heavy use of Office, Tinderbox, Scrivener, OmniFocus, etc. No IPhoto, but tons of web research, etc. I use it for writing, preparing lectures, and showing Powerpoints in class.

    It works great. It is not as fast as my MBP with 16GB of RAM, but it is actually quite snappy for the things I do. Other than IPhoto, about which i know nothing, it sounds like it would work for you.
  17. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    I have a 2GB Rev. C (which means C2D) and it runs things just fine. As one poster also does, I run a memory management app that frees RAM when I get to less than 300MB, but that's pretty rare.

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