MacBook Pro benefits from RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lazyman, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. lazyman macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2012
    Last year I got a macbook pro for design purposes I was using it for more light weight programs. But recently I got into using video editing software for example after effects, premiere pro etc. Soon I might get into 3D programs.

    I'm wondering since now I have 4GB of ram would I need to upgrade and would this help speed this up? Things are kinda sluggish sometimes at the moment. I have a 2.4ghz core i7. I don't remember the exact model of the graphics card but it's an ATI and looking at the GPU boosts I can get I realize unfortunately there will be no acceleration. This is unfortunate as there was no option from what I recall when I was purchasing to choose the nVidia GPU. Would the acceleration have made a huge difference? Would I be able to compensate with more ram?
  2. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    I'm assuming you have Lion or Mountain Lion? 4gb is marginal, 8gb will be a significant improvement.

    it won't compensate for video acceleration but with only 4gb you will be running low on memory and hitting swap a fair bit if you're doing video work.
  3. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    It's a personal choice, but you can always compensate with more ram...

    Seriously, ram is pretty cheap. You can never be to rich or have to much ram. I'm not a heavy user, but I'll pop multiple apps and multiple windows within apps and I usually forget to shut anything down. My iMac was vastly improved when I bumped from 4 to 12gb of ram. Now, would I get the same boost at 8gb? Who knows. Probably most of the boost would still be there, which means I have idle ram. Oh the shame. :D
  4. lazyman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2012
    Yes I have Lion sorry yesterday I wasn't on my mac so I couldn't check out all the stats. Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5, apparently it says my graphics is Intel HD Graphics 300 384, when I look at the summary there is a AMD Radeon HD 6770M GPU but unlike the Intel HD it doesn't say it's built in so I'm assuming I don't have the ATI graphics card in my laptop? If this is the case I feel silly for having probably clicked the wrong model to buy.

    In the case of memory I was thinking of getting it about 16gb of ram or so maybe less not sure yet but I wanted to make sure that it would actually help in the video editing. I'm wondering since I don't have the video acceleration is that a reason the video editor is running slow as well? Or are those two things unrelated?

    In any case I hope I actually do have the ATI graphics card but I wish they hadn't put that graphic card into the macbook pros that year because if the video acceleration does make things run faster video editing then that kind of sucks.

    But thank you guys for all the help! I'm gonna find out hopefully if I actually have a ATI graphics card I always assumed I did when I bought it I remember clicking the one with an actual graphics card but who knows maybe I made a mistake. Thank you guys!
  5. BlueRaider macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    You have a 2011 model 15" MacBook Pro with an AMD 6770M Graphics Processor with 1GB of VRAM. It is an excellent laptop graphics card. Might as well go ahead and buy 16GB of RAM since its so cheap now. Like another poster already stated you can't have to much.
  6. lazyman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2012
    Ah yes! I bought it late in 2011 around end of November to early December. Yes it was a 15" model. Wow how did you know? Also if I do have the AMD why does the graphic say Intel HD Graphics? Do I need to switch it and how would I?

    I am going to buy Ram and add probably around 16gb but just wanted to make sure about the whole situation of my laptop. I mean most likely I would buy it either way but just wanted to check in on my video card and see if there was no video card what I can do. I also just wanted to know how the video acceleration would affect the performance of the software or computer.
  7. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    Just Do it..

    Currently 16GB of RAM for your computer is selling for $60-70 for well known brands.. it will be the cheapest Upgrade you could hope for!!

    If you are going to Keep and Use it, Just DO It.. :apple:
  8. lazyman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2012
    So is does the graphic card just switch to the ATI when it needs to automatically?

    Where are you seeing this? Do you have any links? Thanks.
  9. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    In theory, the switch is seamless, but I've found that in certain games and apps it isn't.

    You can use GPU switcher to force the change..It's free:

    I use it when I want to use the discreet GPU.
  10. lazyman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2012
    Is the voltage an issue? Do I need 1.5v or 1.3v? Or does it matter? Or is there anything else I should look out for? Thanks.

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