Is 8GB enough RAM?

jackosx

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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.

Thanks!
 

GGJstudios

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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.
 

MR1324

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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.
 

Stetrain

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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.
 

jackosx

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

Jazwire

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

To me its almost the no brainer upgrade.
 
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.

Thanks!
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.
 

iamthedudeman

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Jul 7, 2007
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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.
 

gus6464

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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.
 

d00d

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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.
 

Tibits

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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.
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.
 
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