More important RAM or Processor for rMBP

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  1. gjm87 macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    I am looking into buying a new rMBP and wanted to know if I should invest in 16gb of RAM or an upgraded processor? I will use photoshop and indesign as well as play simcity and X-Plane 10 on it. Any thoughts on what I should do?

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    Greg
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I'd say you're more likely to be bottlenecked by RAM than by the processor.
     
  3. gjm87 thread starter macrumors member

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    Do you think the i5 with 16gb RAM is enough or would 8gb do it?
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Define "enough".

    I have no idea how large or small your files are in photoshop or indesign. Both applications are RAM hungry, especially with large files with a lot of layers.
     
  5. gjm87 thread starter macrumors member

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    They don't have huge layers or anything like that. I just use it to help enhance photos as I am taking some photography classes and the such.
     
  6. IlikeMacsSoMuch macrumors 6502

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    The i5 is fine, 8GB might be fine for now but by cranking it up to 16GB you would future proof it since you can't upgrade it later.
     
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  8. Praxis91 macrumors regular

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    If you can afford the upgrade, do it. :D It will be great if you plan on doing photo/video editing or running any virtual machines. It will help you both if you plan to keep the laptop for 3+ years (e.g. somewhat futureproof), or if you plan to sell it after 1-2.
     
  9. mwchris macrumors regular

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    Buy RAM & Bump the Processor

    From http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/m...which-cpu-imac-macbook-buying-advice-3489917/

    I was in a similar boat as you. As others have said, buy more Ram. However, the following information, coupled with the fact I plan to keep the computer for at least five years swayed me to save up a bit more money and purchase the entry-level 15-Inch MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.0 15-Inch with 16 gigs of ram.

    From http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...display-late-2013-performance-benchmarks.html

     
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  11. leman macrumors 604

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    Just get the base model and invest the money you would have spend on updates into a good external drive for backups.
     
  12. moxxey macrumors regular

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    I agree with the RAM conclusion.

    I have a 15" i7 quad-core rMBP with 8GB of RAM and a 13" i5 dual-core rMBP with 16GB of RAM and for day-to-day activity, the 13" can often feel more efficient. I can easily max out the 15" 8GB, too.

    Unless you are rendering 3D, converting video or need heavy CPU-intensive requirements, then a faster CPU will make far less difference than a chunk of RAM.

    I'd go for a lesser CPU and get as much RAM and the biggest drive as possible. I can get by with a 256GB SSD drive though.
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    At this point in the world of computers, ram is the bottleneck, not the CPU. Clock speeds used to be a major factor in determine computer performance, but given the modern design, its not really a major metric to measure the speed.

    If there's going to be an area that will choke a performance, it will be ram.
     
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    If you want an update but dont know wich one then you have too much money and dont need either of them.
     
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  16. slo-climber macrumors member

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    While top end rMBP offer "only" 16 GB of RAM and iMac beside some top end PC laptops offer 32 GB, I wonder if 16 GB is enough for hard Photoshop editing. Like two raws panorama, of which every image is HDR of 3 image.

    If 16 GB is enough (which probably is) I wonder for how many years this will be sufficient. Because current rMBP can't be upgraded with more than 16 GB.
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    8GB is more then enough for such tasks, and if the computer starts running out, it will swap memory pages to disk. I think people lose site that OSX has excellent memory management and the computer won't stop working if it starts running low on memory.

    I think 16GB will be more then enough for the foreseeable future
     
  18. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    If you can afford it, go for 16GB of RAM as it's soldered to the logic board.

    Ps and Id are RAM-intensive, so you'll probably need all the RAM you can get.
     
  19. joeytp, Mar 19, 2014
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    I was gonna post the same comment ! RAM can't be upgrape after purshache because it is welded :O :eek: so for long term use i would go for the 16 GB:confused:

    Sorry for my poor english... frenchy on board hahaha
     
  20. gjm87 thread starter macrumors member

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    Do you think Sim City will run fine as well on this?
     
  21. Meister Suspended

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    I would strongly advise for 64gb to put undr your pillow for good luck.
    It also keeps the boogey man away. ;)
     
  22. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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    8gb with CS6 certainly was nowhere near enough for me, having looked at activity monitor doing RAW I'm glad my primary Photoshop machine is a Mac Pro with 32gb. I know of some serious photographers who use 48/96gb in their 5,1 dual CPU Mac Pro's :D
     
  23. boast macrumors 65816

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    Is memory compression also not noticeable between the i5 and i7?
     
  24. Meister Suspended

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    It depends on how you use photoshop. Even 4gb works with a single raw file just fine.
    It really depends.

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    I strongly doubt its noticable.
     
  25. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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    Raw, Layers, panorama, HDR, the lend of my friends D3X :D

    I can even have Quark, Illustrator and Firefox with a whole heap of tabs open.

    Back to topic - If a client was ordering a new soldered in memory MacBook Pro and used CS I would definitely recommend the 16gb ram option.
     

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