Is it worth upgrading to 8mb of ram

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by New2Guitar, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. New2Guitar macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2011
    Hi All,

    I'm new to MAC's......................

    The primary use for my MBP is photo editing. Everything is done is RAW format so every file is at least 10MB in size.

    If I upgraded the RAM from 4 to 8 MB will there be a noticeable improvement with speed? Is it a worth wild investment.

    Here's my system

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro8,2
    Processor Name: Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Boot ROM Version: MBP81.0047.B04
    SMC Version (system): 1.69f1
    Serial Number (system):
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled

  2. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    Search is your friend. This has been discussed ad nauseum.

    And yes, with your exact question.

  3. BlindGoldfish macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2010
    Going from 4 to 8 MB of ram won't make as much of a difference as pivoting your graphics fan or swapping battery fluid.
  4. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    It won't make your computer "faster," but you'll be able to run more programs concurrently, edit more pictures at the same time, etc etc.
  5. solaris7 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2008
    8MB will be overkill!!!!

    /end of sarcasm for the day
  6. TRUCRACKER macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2010
  7. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    I also have 4GB in my older MBP, and it is old enough that it can't have any more. I frequently run into memory limitations while running both Aperture and Photoshop, and sometimes just Aperture by itself. When that happens things drop to a crawl because there's not enough memory to go around while editing. So, 8GB would be a huge help in that case. If you never run into the memory limit like that, then 8GB will not make much difference.
  8. Derango macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2011
    For your purposes it will probably be overkill at the current time unless you have a metric ton of photos open at the same time. I'd hazard a guess that you wouldn't really notice much of a difference right now.

    My usage is roughly the same as yours and I'm doing fine with 4GB
  9. DarwinOSX, Apr 13, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2011

    DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    Going to 8GB is cheap so why not. On the other hand I run menu meters and rarely see my iMac with 8GB go above 3.5 GB or so and thats when I'm running a lot of apps. I haven't even seen it help with virtualization all that much. VM's don't seem to run any faster.
  10. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    For the record, I have 8GB of RAM, and most all I do is load a crapload of web pages, and I'm using all 8GB of RAM plus swap. Web browsers are very memory hungry.
  11. wonder-boy macrumors newbie


    Mar 15, 2011
    Your kidding? you use 8GB of memory web browsing?!
  12. Sapporo Ichiban macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2011
    From another photographer that shoots almost always in raw, yes, 8gb will speed up your work flow. It's a worthy upgrade. I have the 2.2ghz 15 inch anti glare and it serves all my photography needs quite well. :)
  13. Pentad macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2003
    I'd like to add that if you do any VMs the extra memory will help with everything. I use VMs all the time and I am thinking about going to 16 GB since it would help in my work.

    And as somebody else pointed out here, 8 GB is cheap so why not pull the trigger?

  14. steadysignal macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2010
    seconded. all the search hate notwithstanding - just pull the trigger and install the memory. it can't hurt your system and your experience.
  15. hvgotcodes macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2011
    if you don't know why/if you need it, you don't need it.
  16. AppleOldTimer, Apr 13, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2011

    AppleOldTimer macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2011
    Current iMac. Running multiple applications. Increased RAM from 4GB to 12GB. Spinning beach ball gone. Simple.
  17. edifyingGerbil macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2011
    i just purchased kingston's 8GB 1600MHz RAM kit. I found I was left with very little free RAM just from web browsing and i'm a huge fan of multi-tasking so it seemed logical... the 1600 was only slightly more expensive than the 1333MHz
  18. amarcus macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2008
    London, UK
    Doesn't sound like much of an upgrade :p

    But seriously, your best bet is to look in activity monitor at the ratio of page outs to page ins rather than just the amount of free memory (as that can be misleading). If you're getting alot more page outs then you could use more ram.

    You can get by fine with just 4GB of ram. However one of the reasons to get more ram is to future proof yourself but if thats the case then you might as well just wait for RAM prices to drop and buy as needed.
  19. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    Yes, it's worth it. :)

    I've 8GB in my 2009 Mac Pro and 8GB in my mid-2009 MacBook Pro.

    It makes a difference, even with handling large photoshop file editing.

    And numerous open files. It's a lot more convenient, and faster than relying on virtual RAM (HD space :eek: )
  20. Doc69 macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    I have a 2007 MBP with 4GB and wish I could upgrade to 8GB. I'm always low on memory and experience sluggishness because of it. I frequently need to run many apps simultaneously including a virtual PC through VMWare Fusion. Without Fusion, I might be OK with 4GB.
  21. Derango macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2011
    Yeah, buying RAM to future proof yourself is kinda dumb. Because if you need more RAM you can always get more when you need it. If you need it now, great, get it. But there's no point in getting it when you don't need it, no matter how cheap it is.

    EDIT: And nobody else can really tell you if you need it or not since we all use our computers differently. Even if we're using the same apps. One Photoshop user might be editing small files while another might be editing gigantic composite images with hundreds of layers. Only way to tell is to use your computer in a normal way and check the page out value in the activity monitor.
  22. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    Yeah absolutely, OSX loves to eat up RAM. But I love to leave all my apps open all the time and let my MBP to sleep. Most I have ever used though was about 6GB.
  23. Legion93 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Death Star, Rishi Maze
    You mean 8Gb not 8mb, anyway your better off buying an aftermarket memory module, I use crucial 8GB and they are very cheap (around £120) compared with Apple's almost £300. And yes, you will see a significant improvement if you have 8GB, especially when using ram-eating apps, like photo/video editing, graphics work, etc. If your just web browsing, checking emails and other light use of CPU, then your best to stick with a 4GB.
  24. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    They aren't that expensive. I recently just bought mine from Crucial for £73. Apple offer it for £160. Rip off.
  25. Legion93 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Death Star, Rishi Maze
    Yeah, back in 2010 the prices of RAM upgrades from Apple were ridiculous (around £300), they've recently dropped the prices, I last bought my crucial RAM back in November so prices were really high. SSDs and RAMs are getting cheaper as technology develops further. Apple is a real rip-off, and they use very unreliable brands of hardware.

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