MBP mid-2010, 8gb RAM performance boost?

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  1. rigm0r macrumors newbie

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    Hi!
    I'm considering buying 8gb RAM for my MBP mid-2010 (upgrade from 4gb standard setup). Would that give me a noticable performance boost while gaming? I've seen those YouTube videos where they prove that the VRAM will increase to 512mb. That might just be numbers though.

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  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    While gaming? No, it won't boost your framerate.
     
  3. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    Depending on which model, it may increase power, but minimally. My vram for my hd 3000 in my i7 went from 384 to 512 when I increased the ram to 8gb. I also threw in the 1866 mhz which works flawlessly.

    As for upgrading the ram, its like $30-40 nowadays from newegg and that alone is worth the upgrade.
     
  4. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    It only changes the VRAM on the HD3000, the 320M will reamin at 256MB; but people make a much bigger deal about the whole increase in RAM thing than it really is, more or less it doesn't matter that the minimum amount changed.


    But it's only $40, there's really no reason not to do it; it can't hurt anything.
     
  5. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    That doesn't mean anything though. The higher shared memory does NOT improve performance. You get the same gaming performance with 8 as you do with 6 as you do with 4.

    Common misconception.
     
  6. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    well it could potentially raise performance IF vram was actually the bottleneck of the Intel 3000 video card. Unfortunately, it is very likely to hit its limitations before vram becomes an issue for most uses.
     
  7. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    As stated before, increasing RAM does not increase performance of the HD3000.
     
  8. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    No gaming boost, as others have said the graphics adapter is the bottleneck. Even if it increases vram, intel graphics are slow. On my PCs, when I increase the intel graphics shared vram in the bios, it doesn't increase performance.

    But I'd get the 8GB anyway. It's nice to be able to run all my apps at the same time and not have the system slow down. :)
     
  9. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    Well if you read it correctly, I said it MAY increase performance. Also increasing the vram in some instances, will increase performance, such as a game with higher resolution textures.

    Common misunderstanding when you cannot read correctly.
     
  10. Wattser93 macrumors regular

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    The way I understand it, VRAM increases performance when running games at very high res, and clock speeds increase performance across the board.

    There was a SC2 benchmark done where the increasing the VRAM from 256mb to 512mb only made a difference at 2560x1700 resolutions, and at 1920x1200 the difference was 1fps or less between them.
     

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