Late 2011 MacBook Pro 13" RAM upgrade

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  1. Zanton68 macrumors member

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    Looking to upgrade my late 2011 MacBook Pro 13" from 4gb RAM to either 8gb or 16gb but not sure which. Is the extra £50 approx worth it to take it 16gb or will 8gb be a big step upwards? I seem to be getting the spinning ball a lot recently. iPhoto seems slower and, for the first time I did some work on a short video clip (8 mins) and it struggled too.

    Any help appreciated


    Thank you
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Insufficient RAM may or may not be the cause of your beachball. If you're having performance issues, this may help:
    This should help: How much RAM do I need in my Mac?
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I have the same MBP. A week or two after I purchased it, (new Jan. 2012) I upgraded the RAM to 8GB. I still had beach balls happening, albeit not all the time. With the install of Mavericks, it got worse with more app bouncing and intermittent lagging. Recently, I replaced the HDD with a SSD, and it has made a tremendous difference. No more lagging or beach balls etc.
     
  4. Zanton68 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks

    I looked at SSD but at £300+ for 512gb I may wait and just get a new MBP next year
     
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