MacBook Pro 4gb v 8gb Ram

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  1. paulie6978 macrumors 6502a

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    i was looking at a macbook pro from 2011 with 4gb ram and an i7 processor...

    is this fast?

    i could always upgrade later to 8gb ram...... is this proces easy and does it make a big difference?

    thanks
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Depends on what you use it for. RAM is easily upgradeable.
     
  3. gngan macrumors 68000

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    It's super fast for web surfing! :eek:

    Seriously, how the hell are we suppose to know if you are using it for heavy work (video editing,etc) or just documents?

    The process of upgrading ram can be found at www.ifixit.com. Is it easy? Go look and decide yourself. Easy to me may be hard for you.
     
  4. paulie6978 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ill be using it for mainly web surfing, itunes, nothing major......

    what do you guys suggest?
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Keep the 4GB of RAM for now and upgrade later if you feel the need.
     
  6. paulie6978 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for the link!
     
  7. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    In addition, going above 4 gigs of ram gives you 512mb of video memory instead of 384...





    ...just saying.
     
  8. paulie6978 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    do you mean what comes tock from apple or what can be upgraded after purchase?
     
  9. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    4gb is fine. feel free to spend more for 8gb ram upgrade if you want to. you're not going to notice any difference for your usage.
     
  10. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Either way.
     
  11. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    There are 2 graphic cards in 2011 MBP.
    1 is integrated and 2 is dedicated.
    You may know the second one, the AMD Radeon 6750M.

    The first one is integrated. Already built in.
    And what it does is the VRAM is shared with your memory.
    So if you have 4GB, it will be 384MB.
    If you have 8GB it will be 512MB. (Its same for 16GB though)

    That is another reason to upgrade the RAM.
    And the VRAM gets updated even if its after market RAMs.

    But for your use, 4GB seems enough.
    When it gets intense like CS6, FCPX, etc, go 16GB.
     
  12. paulie6978 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    very helpful

    thanks
     
  13. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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    Mine hasn't. :D
     
  14. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The 13" Macbook Pro only has the integrated graphics chip.
     
  15. gngan macrumors 68000

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    For your use, a basic MBP is more than enough. I was deciding a 13'' i5 or i7 and decided to go for i5 because there isn't much difference in speed and saved the money to get 8gb RAM.
     

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