Late 2006 MBP - Worth getting 4GB instead of 3GB?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by paragonj, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. paragonj macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    I have a Late 2006 MBP that came with a 1x1GB installed. I just recently decided to upgrade the RAM (I know should I should have done it right away, oh well).

    I ordered a 2GB stick from OWC that hasn't arrived yet. I know that I got the last MBP that couldn't address the full 4 GB and can only "see" 3.3GB, so my question is....

    Is it worth spending the $50 for another 2GB to get the extra 300MB of RAM and the Dual-Channel speed boost? I am not a power user or anything, probably the most intensive task I do is run VMWare Fusion to do Quicken in Windows (the lone hold-out program that I haven't found a suitable replacement for!)

    I'm guessing it's not worth the other $50 but I'm just throwin' it out there to see if I'm wrong. Thanks.
  2. betomax macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2008
    save your money

    I also have the Halloween 2006 mbp, ordered it with 3GB since it was cheapest at the time through, esp. with the ADC discount.

    I can tell you that I have never noticed paging like I do on a windows pc that is short on RAM. I have even opened all apps in the application folder (ctrl-a, open) simultaneously (heard about it on, thought I'd try it out) While it did take a while to load everything, all apps worked just fine, expose was crowded, but worked smoothly.

    If I were you I'd save the $50 for a rainy day.

    I realize that your usage may be different from mine (I can arbitrarily "require between 3 and 3.3GB of RAM by allocating a huge array in MATLAB just as someone else can claim that they need that extra 300MB for photoshop), but I really don't think that the possible performance benefit is worth the premium.

    That is, unless you are so wealthy that $50 is nothing to you. If that is the case, might I suggest you establish a scholarship fund for Electrical Engineering students? Every thousand dollar reduction in tuition costs helps, it is what enabled me to get my MBP.

    Bob in Ohio
  3. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    I popped 4GB in my 2.33. Why not get the dual channel benefit?

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