MBP 3GB of Ram Who has took the plunge?

joshwest

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Just curious whos taken the plunge to fully max out their MBP? If so how much did it run? And what effects are you feeling with the increase of RAM
 

daveL

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^^^ Why post if you're not going to address the OP?

Anyway, the 2 GB stick is still $200+, so I'm waiting a while longer until the price gets a bit more reasonable. OWC is offering $50 if you are trading in a 1 GB stick for the 2 GB stick. I'd like to go to 3 GB, because I use Parallels to run XP, Solaris and Linux under OS X, and it would be great to give 1 GB to the virtual machine.
 

djinn

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Since when did geeks take an interest in using proper english?
 

gr8tfly

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Just upgraded last week. Purchased from OWC for $237.99 - it's now down to $229.99 and they still offer a $50 trade-in on a Apple 1GB module.

(yes, they are incomplete sentences... ;) )
 

Wfiner

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Capital Letters

Well doofy, if we're going to go that far, you should not have used all capital letters when correcting me.

Don't make the same type of mistake while correcting someone else. :p
 

Wfiner

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Back to the original question, all grammar aside.

Josh, I have access to two MBP's... one is mine (2g ram) and my brothers (3g ram). In comparison...we run pretty similar systems. I haven't really tested them on a straight comparison level, but as far as i can tell...Video rendering and effects (in iMovie as well as Final Cut) went a considerable amount faster for me...photoshop rendering times were better as well. as far as normal desktop use, I couldn't notice a difference while browsing and using adium, and listening to itunes. I'd say 1g to 2g is a performance upgrade, and 2g to 3g is just saving time =P. But thats just me.
 

Vertigo50

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Total newb question here, but are you saying that to get the 3GB, you install a 1GB chip and a 2GB chip? That's weird. For some reason I assumed it was two 1.5GB chips, although I don't know that I've ever seen a 1.5, so I don't exactly know where that assumption came from. :)
 

RojoLeo

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Total newb question here, but are you saying that to get the 3GB, you install a 1GB chip and a 2GB chip? That's weird. For some reason I assumed it was two 1.5GB chips, although I don't know that I've ever seen a 1.5, so I don't exactly know where that assumption came from. :)
Yes, that's correct. One 2gb stick and one 1gb stick.
 

Mr.Gadget

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Dual channel?

I am going to upgrade to 3GB because I use the heck out of Parallels and would like more breathing room. I'm curious, will I be in single or dual channel mode? Is there a way to tell for sure? (Does it matter??) :)
 

yoda13

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I had a store credit with OWC and I noticed that they said the 3gb of RAM would also work in my C2D MacBook. I have no idea if I am able to use that much RAM, but it does show up in system profiler and the computer is much faster with the RAM...had 1 gb before. Anyway, I may only be taking advantage of 2gb, but I have 3gb in MacBook and the computer is plugging away and is much faster. Anyway, I am probably crazy, but I was like, I am going to do it anyway....So far I am very happy. I have had it in for a week today...:)
 

SSpiro

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I plan on it.. just haven't taken the few minutes to sit down and buy the ram. Still running the 1GB from Apple, and it's running great - but looking forward to the 3GB's.
 

Mr.Gadget

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OK, got it!

So, I went ahead and got the 2 giger from OWC & will likely take advantage of the $50 rebate. I will report back when I get it (2-day UPS).
Like I said, I am hoping it will allow me extra RAM for Parallels - XP Pro now, Vista Business in about a week or so.
 

Nuc

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So, I went ahead and got the 2 giger from OWC & will likely take advantage of the $50 rebate. I will report back when I get it (2-day UPS).
Like I said, I am hoping it will allow me extra RAM for Parallels - XP Pro now, Vista Business in about a week or so.
So did you ever get the ram installed. I'm looking at getting one of these. Let us know.

Thanks,

Nuc
 

Midgetinabikini

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im going to buy 2 2G memory sticks, total of 4G. i've been told that the system will only use 3.2G, but i still need the max i can get of this machine.

macbook pro c2d 17" (today i have 2g)
 

synth3tik

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Just Saturday I installed my second 1G module. So far no complaints with not getting more, but I guess I will find out more once I have CS3 waiting at my door.:D
 

finiteyoda

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I am going to upgrade to 3GB because I use the heck out of Parallels and would like more breathing room. I'm curious, will I be in single or dual channel mode? Is there a way to tell for sure? (Does it matter??) :)
It'll stay in dual channel mode, since the MBP has two banks (the DIMM's within banks have to be matched, but having different sizes across banks is OK). It could be slower if you get memory with higher latency than the factory DIMM's, but that's about it.
 

markjewiss

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I am going to upgrade to 3GB because I use the heck out of Parallels and would like more breathing room. I'm curious, will I be in single or dual channel mode? Is there a way to tell for sure? (Does it matter??) :)
My work MBP has 3Gb, and I made sure it was max'ed out for this very same reason. I'm consistently running four CentOS virtual machines each with 512Mb of RAM, and as long as they don't all try to thrash the processor at the same time, it works great. And I can still keep a browser, mail client and word processor open and usable as well. I tried doing this on a 2Gb machine, and things started to slow down after three of the VMs were running.

Mark.
 

Mr.Gadget

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My work MBP has 3Gb, and I made sure it was max'ed out for this very same reason. I'm consistently running four CentOS virtual machines each with 512Mb of RAM, and as long as they don't all try to thrash the processor at the same time, it works great. And I can still keep a browser, mail client and word processor open and usable as well. I tried doing this on a 2Gb machine, and things started to slow down after three of the VMs were running.

Mark.
Yes, I've noticed that Parallels does quite a nice job running two OS's simultaneously. The main gotcha I see is when both OS's try to access the hard drive together for heavy tasks. Sometimes Parallels just up and quits. I am hoping that extra RAM will alleviate the paging intensity.
BTW- What is CentOS? Is that a Linux variant?
 
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