Macbook pro memory

neel2k9

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Hi, so I want to increase memory on my macbook pro mid 2009 from 4 gb to 8 gb, will this increase my battery life or decrease it?
 

GGJstudios

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what im trying to ask is that will increasing my RAM use more power or less?
As I said, neither.
You must forgive GGJ. He throws that FAQ around so often it's just out of habit he does it again here.
I don't post anything "out of habit". I post it because it's relevant. The BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE section clearly shows factors that relate to battery life. Increased RAM is not one of those factors.
 

GGJstudios

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Haha! I agree. Almost every thread he throws his links at us. They're helpful sometimes though.
The links I post directly relate to the questions posted. The reason you keep seeing the same links is people continuously ask the same questions. I post links so people can see the source of my information, rather than simply taking my word for it. I also post them so people will find the resources to answer future questions. I specifically answered the OP's question, and gave them a link to additional related information.
 

SDColorado

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I would guess if the Macbook Pro had more than 2 memory slots, then adding more memory might impact battery life, if it were added through additional chips. DDR3 1333MHz RAM consumes about 130W loaded? But I doubt there is any significant increase in power consumption, if any at all, between a 2GB, 4GB or 8GB chips of the same type.
 

Freyqq

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In general, neither unless you are doing a lot of caching to the hard drive. Then, battery life might improve slightly.
 

neel2k9

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alright thanks, was just wondering since it would use less of the virtual memory kinda use less memory, but thanks for all the help everyone!
 

SDColorado

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The newer model MBP's can use the 1.35v as well as the 1.5v DDR3 memory. Supposedly 1.35v cuts power usage up to 20% over the 1.5v. What that translates to in terms of battery life, I don't know. Likely not a significant figure. The mid-2009 uses 1.5v only AFAIK, though I could be wrong.
 

GuitarG20

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The newer model MBP's can use the 1.35v as well as the 1.5v DDR3 memory. Supposedly 1.35v cuts power usage up to 20% over the 1.5v. What that translates to in terms of battery life, I don't know. Likely not a significant figure. The mid-2009 uses 1.5v only AFAIK, though I could be wrong.
1.35 vs 1.5 volts on a 60W or 85W (13 and 15-17 respectively) isn't gonna make a significant difference at all. i don't think you'll be able to notice it.
 
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