MBA 13" : Is is worth topping up the ram to 8GB?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ipos, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. ipos macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2011
    mainly use it to surf net, email, a bit of PS and microsoft office applications.
  2. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    I think it's the most bang for the buck upgrade on the Air.
  3. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I agree. It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
  4. WesCole macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    I got the RAM upgrade on mine that I ordered. It is necessary for me to run virtual machines. I would recommend getting the upgrade because it will future-proof your machine and also increase the resale value should you ever want to sell it.
  5. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I have the 2011 13" with 4GB. I don't use it for heavy work, but can honestly say that the SSD makes up for any shortfall in RAM. It's all about what you use your Air for...From what you post I'd say 4GB would be ample, but then you consider re-sale and 8 is going to be better. Your call.
  6. findmatt77 macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2007
    I'll echo what wescole stated. I just ordered the 11" MBA and opted for 8GB RAM. The memory on these machines is not upgradable later and for $100 up front you essentially extend your laptop's future. And I don't think the resale aspect can be overstated. Performance bumps here and there will separate your machine from the pack when you go to resell.

    I had a harder time shelling out for the 256GB SSD. But decided to do so because 128 is just too small.
  7. SteveNYC macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2010
    I would agree with others that the $100 for the extra 4GB is probably the best upgrade for the price. That said, most people won't need it. I got it because I like to run Windows on my MBA as well and I would prefer being able to dedicate the extra RAM to the VM.

    Since the RAM is soldered onto the machine, it makes sense for me to get it now, since I can't get it later. With the SSD, although there is currently no 3rd party for anything different, it can technically be replaced. I expect OWC to have something in the not too distant future. So if in two years I want something with higher capacity, I could probably go that route and replace it. But RAM you're stuck with.
  8. jvmxtra macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2010
    Same here.. 8 gig because I constantly run parallel to vpn into work stuff through windows while doing my own thing on osx side.. It's awesome.. Really the best of both world in one awesome looking laptop.. Now.. if it can only get here soon enough(just finish ordering)
  9. macneubie macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2011
  10. dkersten macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
  11. GREEN4U macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    8GB RAM will be fine for you for the next 5 years (ie., at least 1 OS after Mountain Lion), as a Specialist at the Apple Store told me tonight.

    I had 512mb RAM on my Powerbook and a lot of people told me at the time I bought it that that wouldn't be enough. Well, I'm currently typing this post on that machine with iChat, iTunes, and Mail open. It's still running like as smooth as the first day I bought it.
  12. lonewolf604 macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2012
    Do some apple stores sell the base 13 with 8 gigs? Because I'm splitting the cost with my mom and she tends not to like to buy things online.
  13. mukade macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2010
    On other threads about memory people have said that Apple stores don't have 8GB models. One user said that a NY store stocked them, but most don't seem to.

    Just get your mother to give you the funds and then buy from the online store.
  14. kierennyc macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2008
    I can confirm that the NYC apple stores have both the 11' and 13' with 8GB ram options, but only with an a i7 chip bundled as well.
  15. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    I picked up an ultimate 13 in stock at the Maple View Mall store in Burlington, Ontario
  16. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    I opted for the 8 gb of ram. for 100 dollars it was a no brainer. I like to have 8 gigs in my machines these days. imho this ram upgrade is the best upgrade they have added to the airs.
  17. RodPinto macrumors regular

    May 16, 2012
  18. oxfordguy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2008
    Oxford, England
    You can't upgrade it later and the upgrade to 8Gb is not that expensive, so I think definitely, yes
  19. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2011
    In all honestly, for light PhotoShop, web browsing and MicroSoft Office, you won't notice the difference between 4gb and 8gb RAM.

    However, if in the future you scale up your work load, 4gb RAM might bottleneck your system. Upping to 8gb RAM future proofs your laptop, specially considering it's just $100.
  20. pandaguy macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2012
    Story of my life right now. I am still waiting on an i5 versus i7 benchmark to purchase my MBA, but for a long time I struggled between whether or not to get the 256 GB SSD. I didn't even think twice before getting more RAM, though.
  21. goinskiing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    Meridian, ID
    Probably the best (and most diplomatic) way to say it really. The only downside is $100, but it saves you from that time in the future where you really want/need 8GB and could save you the hassle of selling and re-buying etc.
  22. oxfordguy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2008
    Oxford, England
    i7 all the way...
  23. daveishere macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2008
    I've just ordered the '12 MBA with the 2.0GHz & 8GB RAM upgrade. If i'd have to pick one or the other, it'd be the RAM upgrade, cause i'd rather have the ability to run multiple tasks than the overall improvement in processing horsepower that the processor upgrade will give me.
  24. AirThis macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2012
    Get the extra RAM. If there's a new shiny OS in a year or two, you'll be ready. Plus that extra memory can't hurt. I'm still hesitating between the Retina and the Air, but it will be at least 8Gb no matter what the machine.

    My GF has a mini with 2Gb RAM and it gets sluggish if she has Word and PowerPoint running at the same time on Lion. I've got an older spec mini with 4Gb (Lion too) and it still runs really well.

    P.S. Yeah, yeah... I know... we should really be running iWork. But our bosses won't let us... :p

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