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east1999

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Apr 1, 2011
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Hey guys!

I'm sure you get this a lot.

I have a 13" 2011 Macbook Pro with 4 gigs or RAM, recently updated to Mavericks. The laptop has performed very well overall, but I get a few troubling hiccups whenever I try to multitask.

I've been considering an upgrade because, even though I don't mind when it is slower at certain tasks (processor-related), I really hate freezes & the need to close down Chrome to stop seeing that beach ball. Here's what Activity Monitor says:

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I see all the memory is in use.. is it time for more RAM? I understand a new SSD usually speeds up a laptop tenfold, so I've been comparing prices and it seems they're almost the same (16gb RAM vs. 240gb SSD). I have some concern with disk-related operations like opening programs, files, etc., which can be a hassle.. but is RAM really the problem here?

Thanks
 

jorgk

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Mar 20, 2013
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Hey guys!

... I have a 13" 2011 Macbook Pro with 4 gigs or RAM, recently updated to Mavericks. ...
... I see all the memory is in use.. is it time for more RAM?
... but is RAM really the problem here?

Thanks

Not an expert myself, but the amount of RAM "swap" used was nil - so I would conclude RAM is not the problem. Did you look at those figures after some one-two days of use? (If less, please go on and look later again).

I've got a late-2011 MBP 15". I upgraded the RAM to 8 GB (was cheap some time ago - payed 26 € on eBay !) but also installed a SSD (m4 Crucial). That was almost next to each other, but my impression was that the SSD made the bigger difference.
 
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I have the same computer, and I upgraded the RAM first. I went from 4 to 8 GB and noticed a decent performance boost, but as other people have said, the SSD is what really made the thing fly.

I'd get the SSD first, and if you notice it still slowing down a bit, opt for 8GB of RAM. I can't imagine you would need more than that.
 
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endlightend

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Nov 5, 2013
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To basically repeat what other posters have said, your activity monitor indicates no swap used, so your RAM is not maxed out. There's a lot of forum users recommending upgrades from 4GB to 8GB RAM, but just as many defending the position that 4GB is plenty for most casual users.

SSD's on the other hand, seem to be a necessity these days. If you're still running a HDD, upgrading to an SSD is like getting a new computer. Not to mention SSD prices are considered to be at a 'low' right now and RAM prices have spiked in the last several months.
 
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