Macbook 13 512 gb or 16 g

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by manurk112, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. manurk112 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2013

    I'm wondering which configuration I should take for the retina 13 between the standard i5 2,6 / 8 gigs / 512 & a BTO i5 2,6 / 16 gigs / 256.

    I use it mainly for work, and do use parrallels from time to time to use microsoft office windows, which is definitively better on windows.

    as of now, I have a macbook air with parrallels 8 and windows xp, and I'm wondering if 8 gigs would be enough for virtualization with 7 or 8 or if I should directly go to 16.

  2. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    If you're not doing intensive stuff on both sides at the same time, you'll probably be just fine with 8GB. I have 16GB, but use RAM pretty aggressively on both sides (Windows and OSX) simultaneously when working. For just Office, you should be fine with 8GB, but it won't leave you a ton of headroom.

    Curiously, I prefer working in OSX for everything possible, even Office, but often can't avoid it.

    For me, 256GB just doesn't cut it. Cloud storage backed up at NSA facilities is an unattractive option IMO.

  3. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2007
    buy all the memory you can afford -- the SSD can be changed out later if necessary (and externals esp on Thunderbolt) are plenty fast for 'overflow'
  4. manurk112 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2013
    Thanks for your answer. I finally took the 16gb with 512. No more dilemmas :D
  5. Guy Mancuso macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2009
    Good move with no options to replace later, its a smart move. I would never go under 16gb myself but I do make use of it as well, so that one is a no brainer for me.
  6. T-Bob macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2013
    Hmm I have heard this somewhere before. Waiting for skylake 32GB thread!
  7. fskywalker macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2009
    Good move, got yours already?

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