Is 8GB of RAM enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ghsNick, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. ghsNick macrumors 68020

    ghsNick

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    I'm looking at the middle of the line 13 inch rMBP.

    I see it has 8GB of RAM and I plan on keeping this thing for 4-5 years.

    I make some movies in iMovie, listening to music, surf the web, watch movies, and do documents.

    Nothing really intensive, but it's between that for $1499 and the MBA for $1399.

    I know the Air has better battery life, but the rMBP has better resolution.

    Any advice?
     
  2. hummel003 macrumors newbie

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    i would go for retina, that screen is amazing
    as for the ram...8 will be enough, but i dont know if the retina also uses ram, so im going with 16 to be sure. that 200 dollars extra wont be the dealbreaker. It would suck more if u wish u had 16 but only had 8
     
  3. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    There is really good advice on this same issue in another thread just a couple of links down.
     
  4. iphonehype macrumors 6502

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    I would go for the Retina, the screen is ever so worth it! I got 8GB Ram on my Retina, and had it for 10 months. I have chucked so many applications at it and I have never seen it hang, or slow down......Worth it.....enjoy it:apple:
     
  5. kithytom macrumors newbie

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    if you use adobe, autodesk or other programs, I would say 16g is way better than 8g
     
  6. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    With the Air now getting 15 hours of battery life...it seems like that's better (even though the screen resolution isn't as nice) than the 9 hour battery life.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    9 hours is more than an average person's workday. Unless you do very long airplane trips with no access to power, I don't see why you'd want any more than that...
     
  8. iapplelove macrumors 68040

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    i don't think 8gb of ram is enough these days
     
  9. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    15 hours is definitely better than 9, but I would never consider the MBA. I like the Retina screen and the rMBP form factor/everything else that comes with having the Pro.
     

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