Is anyone considering a RAM upgrade?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by MasterHowl, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. MasterHowl macrumors 65816

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    I've had my MBP for just under two years now, and considered upgrading my 4GB to 8GB a few times... but never really been able to justify it. 4GB has been perfect so far.

    But since Lion's going to be a little more RAM hungry, I'm considering it again. I rang up my local store today and it would cost £88 for the upgrade.

    Is anyone else considering an upgrade?
     
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    Nope. My iMac is already maxed out at ... 16GB. :cool:
     
  3. markrox7 macrumors 6502

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    4 GB of ram is going to be perfectly fine for Lion. I think the next upgrade I'll be upgrading my 4 GB ram to 6 or 8 GB but for Lion it'll be perfectly fine.
     
  4. Cinder6 macrumors 6502

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    I'm considering it, yes. My page-outs have gone up since installing the GM. (I have 4GB.)
     
  5. DougieB macrumors newbie

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    I currently have 4GB and had been thinking about an upgrade to 8GB for a while. Have decided to do so after a week with the GM.
     
  6. markrox7 macrumors 6502

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    4 GB of ram is going to be perfectly fine for Lion. I think the next upgrade I'll be upgrading my 4 GB ram to 6 or 8 GB but for Lion it'll be perfectly fine.
     
  7. freedevil macrumors 6502a

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    I wish, I am maxed out at 3GB and I desperately need new hardware.

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  9. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Whoa nice one! I'm a bit jealous...

    I might join you on that one. I'm not a developer so haven't had chance to try it out yet. I like how Snow Leopard runs lightning fast, and I'd like Lion to be the same!

    I'd like to know this too ^
     
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    Page in: Data pushed onto virtual memory
    Page out: Data pulled in from virtual memory

    If you're getting page outs, it means you're running out of memory and using the hard drive as secondary memory. Ideally, it should be 0, which means you're never running out.

    (More important is page outs per second. If you're constantly paging out, then you really need more memory.)
     
  12. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

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    I am living with 4GB(still pretty fast) till I get a new MacBook, depending how long my current Macbook Pro last for.
     
  13. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That helps more than a Wiki Link, thanks :)

    I was thinking about doing this, but I need my MacBook Pro to last another four years (until I've finished University)... I bought it to last me through Sixth Form (two years) and my degree (four years). I'll have to upgrade eventually.
     
  14. BlackMangoTree macrumors 6502a

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    If thats the case then Lion is a super duper ram guzzler. Running Safari and iTunes will cause it to run out of memory. This is with 4gb's
     
  15. Atarikid macrumors regular

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    Don't think there will be a big performance boost when upgrading from 4GB to 8GB. Maybe if you are doing movie editing etc could be handy.
     
  16. DougieB macrumors newbie

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    Just noticed the price you quoted in your OP. I've ordered it via Crucial - it was about £55 for the 2 x 4 gig sticks.
     
  17. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    I upgraded my 2010 MBP from 4 to 8 and noticed things were significantly faster. Yes, I do use a lot of memory for things like VMWare fusion (often running 2 copies at the same time); so maybe that's why it really helped a lot.

    I wish I could upgrade my home machine to 8; but it's older late 2007 and only goes to 4. :(
     
  18. mrgraff macrumors 6502a

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    I just ordered some RAM from Crucial to upgrade my Early 2009 iMac from 2G to 8G. I can't wait.
     
  19. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Could you give me more details on this please? I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro with two RAM slots (currently occupied by 2x 2GB sticks)

    It would be greatly appreciated :)
     
  20. ohla313 macrumors 6502a

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    best damn explanation ever. I've always wondered and always got a fluffed up answer. thanks!

    I guess my boost to 8GB RAM was a bit unnecessary but then again I plan to run Parallels! Bring it on Lion!
     
  21. leeds utd fc macrumors member

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    Hi, you can check on the Crucial website here -

    http://www.crucial.com/uk/mac/index.aspx
     
  22. VacantPsalm macrumors member

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    I've always half been considering it since I play games (both on and off VMs) and would like the extra leg room. In fact I was just looking around Newegg earlier today, thinking of grabbing one of these to put me at 6gb of RAM. Funny part is it's not really Lion but Safari eating up my RAM that has made me look into this.

    Question actually, should I just go for a duel pack to put me at 8gb? Would the difference be worth it despite being low on money?

    Mid 2009 17" MacBook Pro, Core 2 Duo 2.66, 4gb RAM, NVidia 9400M (9600M GT).
     
  23. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you :)!


    We have exactly the same Mac (I think), except mine's only 15" (no jokes please...) and my processor's 2.8 GHz
     
  24. canesalato macrumors 6502a

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    I've upgraded my 13" macbook pro 2011 (running lion gm), from 4gb to 8gb (crucial) and I'm really happy about it now!
    I usually multitask a lot, so having safari open, with a song playing on itunes and a pdf in preview, is something pretty normal to me. In this situation I often had pageouts with 4gb. Sometimes things were really slow.
    I also use Aperture for raw editing and with 4 gb I could barely open the application and start editing one photo, then the system would start swapping to the hard drive and all I could get were long beachballs. In short: Aperture 3 was not usable at all and I had to switch to Adobe Lightroom.
    Since I've upgraded to 8gb, my system is reborn and even Aperture is really fast!
    I was also considering getting an ssd, but since I've upgraded my ram, applications have more space for cache, so they are generally a lot faster than before to open and to run. For this reason my system is now good enough that I'm not considering an ssd anymore. Best 60 euros I've ever spent!
    =)
     
  25. CyBeRino macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. Can't put more than 8GiB in my MacBook Pro.
     

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