MacBook Pro Retina 8 vs 16 RAM

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TTyylleerr, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. TTyylleerr macrumors member

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    Im sure everyone is tired of questions like this but here goes :)

    I'm a student in my final year of College, which is primarily what I'm buying this computer for. Business courses, so nothing crazy intensive in terms of computer usage.

    Anyway, I generally will use it for web browsing (8-10 tabs), checking email school projects in MS word or PowerPoint, light gaming, etc

    The most intensive use-case will probably be 8-10 tabs in Safari, iTunes, plus 8-10 tabs in chrome running under windows 7 in paralles, a few MS word documents, and a PowerPoint or two, and a couple email clients all at once.

    I plan on keeping this computer for three years, I'll likely sell it when after that point. I'm not overly concerned about resale value

    For the above scenario, will 8 gigs suffice?

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. eric/ Guest

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    I do that with 4gb on my MBA, you'll be fine.
     
  3. randomhkkid macrumors member

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    8gigs will be plenty, 16gb will only really benefit if you are doing large photo editing or video production.
     
  4. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Exactly!!!
     
  5. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816

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    from what I understand the ram in the MBP Retina is not upgradeable. It's soldered on the mainboard. So I would go with the max configuration if you expect to be using this laptop in a few years.
    At least that is my plan when I get around to ordering one.
     
  6. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    I agree, being that you can't upgrade I would go with the max you can get. That is of course if you can afford it.
     
  7. TTyylleerr thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you all for your replies.

    I ended up calling Apple again to update from 8 to 16 gigs. With the student discount, it's only $180. Doubtful ill need the extra, but it will be nice with Parallels, give me peace of mind, and assure I won't have any RAM problems in the future.

    Plus the Apple rep offered to send me a Super Drive free of charge, which made my day.

    Unfortunately the delivery is now another week out, being July 19th to 25th, and I go on holidays on the 24th. Oh well :)
     
  8. wiznet macrumors regular

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    I did the same. It'll be worth it in the end, especially in promoting the longevity of the device... you might not need the extra 8 now, but you might a few years down the road!
     

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