Is 8GB enough RAM?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jackosx, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. jackosx macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    I just ordered the retina MBP, should I have gone for the 16GB version instead of the 8GB? I intend on keep the laptop for a long time.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It completely depends on what you use it for. Most average users are unlikely to need more than 8GB of RAM in the near future.
  3. jackosx thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    is it upgradable if I take it to the Apple store?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I doubt it.
  5. MR1324 macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2010
    what will you be using your laptop for? average users don't need more than 2GB of ram. i consider myself a power user and never pass 4GB of ram usage. i don't think the length of laptop ownership should decide your ram choice. rather, i think you should look at and try to expect what type of work you will be doing on that laptop.
  6. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    If you can afford it I would definitely go for it. The SSD is not soldered to the logic board, but the RAM is. What you order it with is what it will have forever.

    Compared to the base price of the machine it isn't a super expensive upgrade, especially if you intend to use it for a long time.
  7. jackosx thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Thanks for the answer, Apple has already taken the monies.. :(
  8. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    I'm sure you can still cancel and re-order if you want, just call.

    On the other hand 8GB is plenty for a lot of things. Up to you.
  9. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    With it being un-upgradeable I'd advise against going with only 8GB.

    To me its almost the no brainer upgrade.
  10. BlueGummiBear macrumors 6502a


    I would go with the 16GB if you are planning to keep it for a long time and can swing the extra dollars. I always plan for what I might need and not for what I currently need. You just never know what your needs are going to be in 1-2-3 years. OS's change, programs change, ***** happens.
  11. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007
    I ordered the base 15 retina. I edit a ton of video and never ever went over 4 gb of ram. $200.00 for a extra 8gb, no thanks. You don't have to wait 3 to 4 weeks, only three to five days. Another thing if your Mac has problems, they just cannot swap you out another model. They will send it for repair.

    With me traveling alot, I need it fixed right away. Base non BTO model can be swapped for a new one.
  12. gus6464 macrumors regular

    May 27, 2007
    16GB is a @#(*&$#@ of ram. You would be hard pressed to use 4 nowadays for a normal user. But I guess it all depends on how many services 10.8 will have running in the background.
  13. Ves macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2009
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    I think with 8GB being the standard, I'm starting to doubt it it's (good) enough
  14. d00d macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    I've never regretted maxing out the RAM in any of my Macs and while it certainly adds cost to max it out through Apple, you can't do it aftermarket.
  15. Zwikker macrumors regular


    May 28, 2012
    Morgantown, WV
    8GB is more than enough bro. Unless you're a hardcore programmer working for nasa :)
  16. Tibits macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    8GB is enough...for now. The problem is that you won't be able to upgrade to 16GB on your own in the future. As you plan on keeping the machine for a long time, you might consider cancelling and going with 16GB, as that will likely be the standard in a few years.
  17. 7even macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
  18. fiveainone macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    Apple is genius. I'm buying more stocks.

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