is 8gb RAM future proofed?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rip-the-jacker, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. rip-the-jacker macrumors 6502

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    hey guys,

    my macbook 2010 is on its last legs, I'm looking at the base model rMBP to last me the next 2-4 years. i do basic task and nothing more, so to clarify will the 8gb be enough for the modest of tasks for this timeframe?

    or am i better going through apple and maxing out at 16gb?



    cheers, RTJ
     
  2. bbrks macrumors 65816

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    That's more than enough....no need for 16 GB
     
  3. rip-the-jacker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    cheers dude, will go with the base model.


    RTJ
     
  4. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    I think you should be asking that question for the HD space not the RAM. /suggestion from experience
     
  5. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    8 GB is fine for 95% of people. While the guy is right about SSD space you can upgrade this in the future. It's proprietary but user replaceable. OWC usually sells these ssd or you can get them on eBay.
     
  6. rip-the-jacker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks of the replies guys, i currently have 64gb in my MB, i never use a lot of space...

    but good to know that it can be upgraded if absolutely necessary.



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  7. MacFather macrumors 6502a

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    a comprehensive end-to-end MBP redesign is around the corner. Stay tuned.
     
  8. rip-the-jacker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what sort of time frame mate? is it going to be worth waiting for then?



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  9. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    Nothing is guaranteed. Within the year most likely. Possibly at WWDC in June. There is also rumors of a April release for the Macbook. From the sound of your usage a Macbook may be enough.
     
  10. rip-the-jacker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah, i use internet, e-mail, spotify, messages and some poker, i was wondering if the rMB would be enough, as i don't use any ports or Cd's etc..the only thing I'm a bit disappointed in is no magsafe adapotor.

    if you were in my shoes would you go for the rMB or the rMBP?

    AGGGHH, I'm torn between these decisions!! i tried the rMB and i do like it and can see myself getting used to the keyboard! WHAT TO DO (first world problem i know)



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  11. Howard2k macrumors 6502a

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    I was tossing up between the two too. I'm going to wait and see what the next release looks like, be it rMB or MBPro, whatever they release will likely trigger a sale on the current items too. So win/win. New laptop, or current series at reduced pricing.
     
  12. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    I think the keyboard you would get used to after a bit. Heck, buy it try it for 2 weeks then return it if you don't like it. I personally wouldn't be opposed to the rMB but the CPU and GPU are so week I think I would still go with the 13" MBP. I could be wrong, but I heard the HD 5300 graphics is actually more on par with the Intel 4000 graphics from 2012. It essentially has the same performance as a 2011/2012 MBA. However for your uses that should be enough. I do light gaming and have a 15" 2012 Retina so I personally couldn't go to a Macbook yet.
     
  13. rip-the-jacker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hey guys,

    i think i might try it out for a few weeks, there is a good deal on the rMB in one of the stores here in the UK, can i return only if bought through apple? and if not, can i return to apple with it or where i bought from, (sorry for if the q seems silly.)



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  14. Howard2k macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to know the store return policy you should check with the store. If you get it wrong do you think they're going to say "oh, a bunch of strangers on the Internet said we'd allow you to return it? Ok, that trumps our store policy". :) No, that's not going to happen. Check with the store.
     
  15. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    8GB is more than enough for right now, depending on what you're doing, but to call it "future proof," I'd say nope... I'd go at least 16GB.
     
  16. OneMike macrumors 601

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    Anything under 16gb is a no go for me at this point.
     
  17. 617aircav Suspended

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    Future proof would be 16gb though you may never need it.
     
  18. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

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    I got 8gb and am fine. 256 is also enough. 128 would have been too small.
     
  19. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    I would only buy a 16gb system. Remember up to 2gb might be allocated to video so that 8gb isn't so much.
     
  20. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    8GB is absolutely fine for the usage you listed.
     
  21. benzkid89 macrumors member

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    Well I haven't owned a new Mac yet but I am using a 2010 Pro with 8 gigs. Today I was running my virtual machine for class, doing some remote desktop for a friend all while still streaming music and surfing the web and I didn't experience a hiccup. I would think it should be fine especially being a brand new Pro. I personally think the Macbook is to small and cramped but thats just my opinion.
     
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  23. geniusmods macrumors newbie

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    I am in the same predicament, and 8GB isn't enough on me for my iMac. And at any given time that can mean multiple web browser tabs open, spotify, and maybe Photoshop or Illustrator in the background.

    I am beginning to think 16GB is the way to go, even if you don't use many tasks at once.
     
  24. GlenK macrumors 6502a

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    Was trying to wait until next update but my 2011 MPB bit the dust a week ago. Went ahead and got the MBP 15 and got fastest processor and 16g of RAM. DO a lot of streaming from multiple sites and it flies..

    Had my doubts but after using this baby I have no regrets... Only disappointment is I had the 17" and knew it was not replaceable. Still getting accustomed to the smaller real estate but still miss it..
     
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