Max RAM limit, how important?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DewGuy1999, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    Looking at the refurb 1st Gen Unibody MacBook Pro with a maximum of 4GB RAM versus the new 2nd Gen Unibody MacBook Pro with a maximum of 8GB RAM, how important of a consideration is this?
  2. alexmadison macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2009
    Johnstown, NY
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Depends on what you use your computer for. For most people, 4 GB vs. 8 GB isn't a big deal. For more serious users it can be very important.
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    But NEVER buy RAM from Apple! :eek:
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Some people would rather pay the premium rather than opening up their Mac themselves... they just aren't comfortable with it. To them, it is worth it. To each his/her own.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  6. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    Ram is important. My 2.16 ghz maxed out at 2gb, and it is not enough. On my Dell, I am usually addressing 5.3Gb of ram. This is holding me back on getting a MBP refurb.
  7. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    This is just my honest opinion. Most average computer users don't need any more than 2Gb on a day to day basis. I went ahead and maxed out my 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo MBP out at 3Gb and its plenty. If you've got a machine that supports 4-8Gb, you're more than fine unless you're doing some hardcore processing and lots of multitasking.
  8. DewGuy1999 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    Okay, at present I've got a G4 iMac with 768 MB of RAM, 1 GB would probably be better, but for the most part it works fine. To me, 4GB seems like a huge amount let alone 8 GB, that's why I asked. At present I do mostly email, surfing and watching YouTube, and a bit of Photoshop Elements, nothing too intense. If I get a new Mac I'll probably add iPhoto to that and maybe making some YouTube videos with the iSight and iMovie. I'm not adverse to upgrading my own RAM, as I've done it before, and would never buy Apple's overpriced RAM. Does that help.
  9. ZedRuhlen macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2009
    The answer is it depends what you use your Mac for. I have 2GB in a Mini and a PC. Neither one has ever needed even half that RAM. While I'm not manipulating 2 Gig photos in Photoshop, I bet you aren't either.

    I bet you'll never notice the difference. Or at least not before the rest of the computer is obsolete.
  10. stownsend3 macrumors member

    May 9, 2008
    4 GB will be plenty. These days, the 1 GB you are talking about can't even be purchased standard in an Apple, and for good reason. I'm running my Rev. A MBA and sometimes the 2 GB does limit me and what I can do. Using Safari 4 can sometimes lock up a lot of your ram, and I'm just getting into photography. With iPhoto it can slow a little (especially with safari / itunes / mail) all running, so I haven't even gotten brave enough to try editing with Aperture on this thing. Also, I am forced to use Boot Camp because I basically cannot run a VM on here while using any Apple programs.

    But if you just get the model and max it to 4 GB, you'll be safe. Especially for your use.
  11. lathode macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    $599 Mac Mini comes with 1GB. Pretty crappy eh? Especially considering how cheap 2 gigs is.

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