MBP 13 inch Mid 2009 RAM Upgrade

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  1. h0ttballer macrumors member

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    Okay so i currently have the 13 inch mid 2009 model with 2GB of RAM.
    I bought it in fall of 2009, so Ive had this for a bit. As time went by, I noticed that my overall performance has gotten slower. It takes longer to open applications and I see the spinning circle every so often. I want to upgrade to 4 GB of RAM. Is 4GB noticeably better? BTW, I am a very light user. Most of my RAM goes to Safari and iTunes. Thanks guys.
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    Use you Mac as you normally would and then post a screen shot of your Activity Monitor 'System Memory' tab. From this we should be ale to gauge if 4GB is going to be beneficial.
     
  3. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    For 2 to 4, yes. Above 4, probably not for what you do. A lot of ppl here go from 4 to 8 so you should be able to find 4 gb's for cheap (like 50 or less)
     
  4. h0ttballer thread starter macrumors member

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    okay, so this is what I have.

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  5. NickZac macrumors 68000

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  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Oh wow. Little free, low inactive, high swap.

    Yeah, you will see some improvement. You want lots of breathing room as demonstrated below (note, I haven't yet fired up my daily assortment of Virtual Machines and such).
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  7. h0ttballer thread starter macrumors member

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    oh ok. so whats swap? and how do you have so much "free"?!
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    swaping is when the hdd is used....bad as slow compared to ram

    he has so much free as he has 8 gigs whereas you only have 2gigs

    Upgrade and you will have a ton free too
     
  9. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    From MacPerformanceGuide:

    And I don't have a ton 'free' just because lol. I have plenty of ram that goes beyond the OSes needs and I havn't yet done anything to utilize the available mem...yet.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    To my knowledge, page in amts don't matter as it is simply the amt that is written to the ram. Page outs do matter as that is when the hdd is accessed as there is not enough ram. Having a high page out # relative to page in means your computer has to frequently use the hdd which will cause slow responsiveness

    The rule of thumb is to think about upping your ram when page outs become more than 10% of your page in amt
     

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