Late 2011 Macbook is sluggish. Considering upgrading ram.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Totty1987, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Totty1987 macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    I've had my Macbook since the December 2011 and I've noticed a slowdown, especially in Safari. I presume this may be a a ram issue as I currently have only 4gb ram in my system.
    I tend to have multiple safari tabs open as well as various applications running in the background.
    I'm quite tempted to purchase a 16gb of RAM to "future-proof" my machine, but I'm unsure whether 8gb or 12gb is a more sensible option. Then there's a issue of which brand to go for. I'm aware of both crucial and OWC, but which brand is the best?

    I'd appreciate any help from you guys. Thank you
  2. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    Please post a screenshot of Activity Monitor, have it list the highest users of RAM at the top. Choose All Processes, not my Processes.
  3. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2009
    How could you get additional 12 GB and put them into your MBP?
    There is no way: MBP has only 2 slots for RAM. :confused:
    The only way to upgrade to 16 GB is to buy two 8 GB modules.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Using Activity Monitor to read System Memory and determine how much RAM is being used

    If you're having performance issues, this may help:
  5. Totty1987 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  7. Totty1987 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    I restarted prior to taking the screenshot. I normally have 10-plus safari tabs open at once as well as itunes and I notice a significant slowdown, especially when playing videos from youtube/vimeo.
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Try checking Activity Monitor after a day or two of normal usage.

    I use Flash on Safari with ClickToFlash to control which content plays, and I have zero issues with it. Generally speaking, Flash is notorious for consuming system resources, raising temps and decreasing battery life. For Flash-related issues:
    • Find your Flash version and make sure it's the latest version available. Never install or update Flash from a pop-up on a website. Always go to Adobe's site to get Flash or updates.
    • Install ClickToFlash (Safari), Flashblock (Firefox) or FlashBlock (Chrome) to control which Flash content plays on websites.
    • Install ClickToPlugin (Safari) to prevent Safari from launching plug-ins automatically, resulting in faster browsing, reduced fan usage, and increased battery life. It can also replace many plug-in-based media players with Safari’s native HTML5 media player.
    • Try using the YouTube HTML5 Video Player to watch YouTube videos, when available. (May impact fullscreen viewing. See link for details.) Some have reported better performance with HTML5, while some have reported worse. Try it and find out what works best for you.
  9. sniffs macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2013
    2 slots, 1 8GB chip and 1 4GB chip.

    Although RAM is so cheap now, just go with the 2 8GB. I got mine for about $40 dollars each.
  10. Totty1987 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    I'll try what you recommended. Thanx for the help

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