Is it worth it to spend $100 upgrading from 4GB to 8GB RAM?


jdechko

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Depends on what you are using the computer for.

If you have the money to spend on it, it's a worthwile upgrade.

If you plan on keeping the computer more than 2 years, you should probably upgrade.
 

InlawBiker

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4gb --> 8gb for $100 - YES. I would not consider a 4gb model in 2013, just for the sake of future-proofness. Yes I know that isn't a word.

Core i5 --> Core i7 is debatable. If you're doing video then yes it's probably worth it. I.e are you transferring and encoding true HD video from your camera or phone? I would like to see some benchmarks though.

If you're only surfing the web and writing documents stick with the i5 CPU.
 

WWDC2013

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4gb --> 8gb for $100 - YES. I would not consider a 4gb model in 2013, just for the sake of future-proofness. Yes I know that isn't a word.

Core i5 --> Core i7 is debatable. If you're doing video then yes it's probably worth it. I.e are you transferring and encoding true HD video from your camera or phone? I would like to see some benchmarks though.

If you're only surfing the web and writing documents stick with the i5 CPU.
Does it affect gaming performance at all?
 

WWDC2013

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If you want to be able to use it for a very long time I would recommend both.

If you have to choose only 1, 4>8GB of ram is a must.
I will be getting the 8GB RAM for sure, but right now I'm just trying to decide whether to get the i5 or the i7.... Why does it matter if I will be using it for a very long time?
 

falconeight

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The I7 is not worth the upgrade. Unless you really have to have the top of the line you won't see a difference. Get the extra ram though.
 

JoEw

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I will be getting the 8GB RAM for sure, but right now I'm just trying to decide whether to get the i5 or the i7.... Why does it matter if I will be using it for a very long time?
A lot of applications are becoming more and more CPU/GPU heavy with time and if you plan to have this computer 3-4+ years, it is worth 140 extra dollars NOW. The i5 is plenty for the current time, but think a few years in time and it may seem sluggish using certain future software.

The way I think when buying a Mac is, I am already making a pretty hefty 1000+ investment, but it definitely will last longer than most other computers on the market (speaking from experience) so another few hundred dollars to keep it performing with future applications is a wise decision.

Spread out 150 dollars over a 4 year period 37.50 a year or 3 dollars a month is not bad at all.
 

WWDC2013

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The I7 is not worth the upgrade. Unless you really have to have the top of the line you won't see a difference. Get the extra ram though.
Will the 4th gen 1.3 outperform the 3rd gen 1.7 or is it all about compromise for power saving?
 

henryonapple

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I upgraded my 2011 MBA with 4GB of RAM to a 2012 MBA with 8GB of RAM, and to be totally honest with you, I noticed very little difference. It all depends on what you are using your MBA for, but I didn't really think $100 justified the little performance gain that I experienced.
 

Mrbobb

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I'm not sure what to do...

Your question is unanswerable without further detail.

U call up the doctor and proclaim AM SICK, FIX ME! The doctor doesn't know what to do without a mind melt.

If you have to steal for the upgrade. Don't do it.

If you have to give blood, maybe.

More memory is always better than less memory.
 

happyslayer

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As other posters have said: More RAM is always better. And since the MBA RAM is non-upgradeable, get it now or get it never.

I upped it when I ordered a new 11" earlier this afternoon. Sure it will take a few extra days to get it, but RAM is worth the wait.