Macbook Pro 15" RAM 2GB vs. 4GB

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TechieJustin, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. TechieJustin macrumors 6502

    TechieJustin

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    I have a Macbook Pro 15" unibody. I bought it as a refurb from Apple with 2GB of RAM.
    How much of an improvement will I see if I upgrade to 4GB?
    I am assuming that unlike Windows 32, SL can take full advantage of all 4GB of RAM.



    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP51.007E.B05
    SMC Version (system): 1.41f2
     
  2. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Big difference, if you routinely have multiple apps or large files open. Well worth the price!

    Snow Leopard:
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Depends on what you do.

    Run parallels or vmware - you'll see huge difference. A Photoshop user, yep a big difference.

    Want to run a number of apps at once. You'll benefit from the 4gig.

    If you typically surf, then do some document editing or such then perhaps you'll not see a big benefit. It all comes down to how many programs you want to run at once and also how much resources those programs consumer, i.e., vmware take a lot.
     
  5. TechieJustin thread starter macrumors 6502

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  6. wis99ski macrumors newbie

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    2gb to 4gb what brand

    What brand is the most reliable for the money? What the major preference out there?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You'll find answers to this and many other commonly asked questions under the Guides tab at the top of this page:
    If you have questions that these sources doesn't cover, you can check to see if it has been answered in another thread by doing a Google search of the forums. I hope this helps!
     
  8. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I have 4 gigs of Crucial in my MacBook, and it works great. I don't think there really is a whole lot of difference between brands, but I have heard a lot of good stuff about crucial and owc in particular.
     

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