Macbook pro upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Polo2883, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Polo2883 macrumors regular

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    So I just ordered a 15" 2.2 ghz 4gb ram 500gb hd macbook pro.

    I am either looking at maxing out the memory at 16gb or upgrading the memory to 8gb and add a crucial m4 256gb ssd.

    What will I see the best performance gain out of?
     
  2. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a

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    Are you doing something that will actually use 16GB of RAM?

    When you say "adding" the SSD - it's going in the optical bay spot?

    Depends on what you are doing and what you put on the SSD, but the drive is probably the easy winner.
     
  3. throAU macrumors 601

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    Go for the 8gb and SSD unless you're running apps that will use the 16gb.

    If you're not using 16gb of ram, the spare ram will only be used for disk cache.

    And rather than trying to cache some crappy 5400 or 7200 rpm mechanical disk with a spare say, 8gb of RAM used for cache, you'll get far better speed out of having ALL of your storage (not just the cached bits) much faster.

    To put it in perspective - random IO performance (which is more representative of multitasking than some sequential read/write number) on a 7200 rpm disk is around 70-80 IOs per second.

    Some of the faster SSDs can do upwards of 40,000 IOs per second.

    SSD really is a game-changer, having more RAM than you need - not so much. If you run short of RAM and need to go to swap, the SSD will be much faster than the hard drive. I'd even hazard a guess that working on say, a 20gb file would be faster on a machine with 8gb+SSD than on a machine with 16gb+HDD (but have no benchmark to back that up).


    Real world example: the 11" 2010 air in my sig kills the 2011 15" Macbook Pro in my sig for most tasks that are not CPU or video bound. It starts far faster, loads apps faster, etc. With half the RAM and a CPU that isn't even close.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    It really depends on your usage. If you're using multiple pro apps, then the 16gb may make sense. If you're just surfing the web, doing office apps, well then the SSD makes sense.

    Personally I'd use the MBP, monitor the swap outs, and then maybe upgrade the ram to 8GB and then repeat your monitoring. Upgrading a component without really knowing if you need too could be a waste of money.

    the SSD will improve performance for all disk I/O operations so that's a safe bet to upgrade.
     
  5. Polo2883 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I plan on running some vmware machines. So I was thinking that 8gb should be sufficient and getting the Crucial M4 256 drive will be fine for storage on the laptop.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I run a couple of VMware virtual machines and 8GB is fine.
     
  7. Polo2883 thread starter macrumors regular

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  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Searching for reviews on google would let you find that out.
     

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