MacBook memory advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Bunny22, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. Bunny22 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2006
    Hi, I'm a bit new around here... I switched to apple last september with a G3 iBook, quickly upgraded to a G4 iBook. Now I have a Macbook.

    My white MB 1.83 currently has 1gb of ram. I was just wondering what you guys think about the difference in performance between 1gb and say 1.5 or 2gb... which will give the most noticeable system boost? is there little noiceable difference in general system performance with basics like itunes, safari and mail running between 1 and 2gb?

    Sorry to ask what will seem obvious questions, no noubt, to most of you. I am aware that the integrated graphics are supposed to perform better with matched pairs, but is this a serious thing or not much of a problem?

    Thanks for listening!
  2. joeops57 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2006
    In a cardboard box outside McDonalds
    More RAM is usually better, but I don't think you'll see much of an improvement while simply running some basic programs like the ones you mentioned.

  3. erikamsterdam macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2006
    Just upgraded our Macbook Pro from 1GB to 2GB
    Just upgraded my Macbook from 512MB to 1GB

    Do I notice any difference? Not really I have to say. Quite disappointing. The Macbook boots a little faster now. I guess Leopard will be more memory hungry so in the long run it will be a good investment.
  4. Bunny22 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2006

    Thanks guys, I thought as much i.e. that my usual activites wouldn't improve that much. I'll definitely max it out when Leopard arrives. Thanks for the advice.

    Any ideas about the graphics- will unmatched pairs ause problems for dvd, online streams etc? Currently watching the tennis on BBC in practically perfect clarity, so I don't want to mess with that!
  5. farqueue macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006

    i installed 2gb of ram - bootime was 24s
    with 512 ram bootime was 25.7s

  6. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    When I doubled the RAM in my Power Mac G5 from 1GB to 2GB I felt that it made my Mac faster/snappier. I also found my MacBook Pro to be faster when I went from 512MB of RAM to 1.5GB. So, I would recommend that you max out the RAM in your MacBook to 2GB (or even 1.5GB). :)

    And yes, matched RAM would be recommended if possible. :)

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