Is there any point in adding RAM?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by RyanWW, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. RyanWW macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2013
    I have a Macbook pro Mid 2012 with a crucial SSD, 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of ram.

    I use photoshop, indesign, illustrator occasionally, I have a lot of stuff open at once.
    It seems sluggish, compared how it was anyway.

    Should I add RAM? Some people say past 8gb it doesn't really make that much difference but as far I am aware it can support up to about 32gb of ram.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    CPU can support 32GB RAM, but as they don't do 16GB SODIMMs it can only support up to 16GB max (2x8GB modules).

    Best thing to check would be Activity Monitor to see where the bottleneck is, and whether the CPU's maxed or the RAM's maxed. Shutting down as often as you can with the option 'reopen windows when logging back in' disabled will clear the RAM - it's possible that you've got a large uptime which may be compounding the problems.

    If after doing daily shutdowns and the RAM is still maxed, it may be prudent to look towards getting a 16GB upgrade. Otherwise if the RAM is OK but the CPU is maxed, that's a hardware bottleneck that can't be sorted.
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  4. RyanWW thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2013
    No, I heard back things about doing that with Macs.
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    That is why your having slow down issues.

    Go >

    Enable trim asap and the 'snappy' Mac you had will return. The issue is not ram.

    Once installed you'll need to run the manual trim and it'll zero out all the mess.
  6. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010
    if you can add ram then do so. 8gb is nothing with the stuff u mentioned. not even worth asking.
  7. bunnspecial macrumors 603


    May 3, 2014
    Apparently these recently became available

    although I haven't heard any reports of them being used in MBPs.

    I'm halfway tempted to try it, although I never get anywhere close to using the 16gb in my mid-2012
  8. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Oh man I wish you hadn't shown me that ... I'm sorely tempted to get it now, even though I really don't need it :oops:
  9. jorgk, Sep 10, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2015

    jorgk macrumors member


    Mar 20, 2013
    Crucial ?
    Maybe they source them from here.

    Regarding compatibility they (intelligentmemory) state:
    "16GB SO-DIMMs (IMM2G64D3LSOD8A) are compatible to any notebook/ultrabook based on the new 5th Gen Intel Broadwell processors with CPU codes i3/i5/i7-5xxxU!"

    Bad luck for my Sandy-Bridge late-2011 MBP :-(

    [Maybe Apple could work on it: "
    Most notebooks and desktop- computers based on normal Intel processors will not support 16GB UDIMM/SO-DIMM memory modules. This issue may be solvable by a BIOS/UEFI update with a new memory reference code. ", see here]
  10. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    If the OP is on the latest version of Yosemite, this tool is no longer needed.

    sudo trimforce enable
    Type that in Terminal, read the warning and then agree. By the way, the same warning would apply when using TrimEnabler.
  11. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    As documented Yosemite isn't playing nice with all makes and models. The software I pointed out works with a broader range hence the option

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