MacBook Pro 4gb v 8gb Ram

paulie6978

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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
 

gngan

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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
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.
 

paulie6978

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

what do you guys suggest?
 

stevelam

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

what do you guys suggest?
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.
 

yusukeaoki

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

paulie6978

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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.
very helpful

thanks
 

gngan

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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.