Is 8GB future proof?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Mdv2, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. Mdv2 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    I bought a Macbook Unibody back in October 2008 and have since upgraded its memory from 2 x 1GB to 2 x 2GB and eventually 2 x 4GB. That, as well as an SSD disk have made my Macbook an enjoyable machine for 5 years.

    The battery, however, is completely useless (despite a replacement two years ago) and the core 2 duo 2.0 processor is starting to get difficulties as well. The fan is spinning pretty much all the time and I now need to keep it on 24/7 as it boots with a black screen 9 out of 10 times.

    I could try to have it repaired, but sooner or later I'll be forced to buy a new machine. Since I intend to keep the new machine for another 3-4 years, I want to know if 8GB would suffice for that time period or is it likely that within 1-2 years 8GB will be the bare minimum to keep apps and OS X running smoothly?

    I could go for 16gb, but I can get 10% discount on the standard models, which is the reason behind my question.
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    yea 8gb of ram is plenty! I have the 2012 MBA with max out ram which is 8gb.
  3. pittpanthersfan macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2009
    I guess the question that needs to be asked is what do you use it for?
  4. Mdv2 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    No heavy stuff, but at some point 2GB sufficed, then 4GB sufficed and now it requires 6-8GB. If this trend is set to continue, 12GB will within 2 years be the bare minimum.
  5. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    8gb is fine for most things. I've had it since 2009 and it is still adequate for me.
  6. Mdv2 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    8GB may be fine now, but I'm wondering if it will be enough in 3-4 years, since I'm planning to keep it for at least that period of time.
  7. rickymarks macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2013
    8gb will do just fine. since 2011 i have my macbook with 8gb of ram and it works just perfectly.
  8. gooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2013
    future memory upgrades may not be necessary as long as you don't keep upgrading your operating system.
  9. WildCard^ macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2013
    If you keep your software and OS exactly as it is, performance should not noticeably change from today. As we install updates that add functionality or use applications built or optimized for today's computers vs the older generations, that is when you see performance decrease.

    TL;DR: don't change anything in the computer and it should continue to perform the same forever. Until it dies..
  10. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    Mavericks does compress memory so 8 is more like 12. Its not often that an OS does this. I would say 8GB will be plenty for at least the next 2 years. I will definitely trade in for a MB with 16 in a couple of years.

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