Need advise : 8 or 16 Gb of RAM

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  1. Bazais macrumors newbie

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    Hello everybody,

    I am planning to buy the new 13' macbook pro but I don't know if I should get 8 or 16gb of RAM.

    I will mainly use it for office and some picture or full hd video editing.

    What do you guys recommend? I want this computer to last 4-5 years!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Hyloba macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to ask the same question here.

    I will be using mine for general stuff, browsing (often more than 20 tabs open), Office, Photoshop picture editing and Illustrator content creating. I will also run windows 10 in parallels.

    Would also like to use the machine for at least 5 years.
    Would prefer an explanation as to why 16 or 8 gb as well.
     
  3. arkitect macrumors 603

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  4. ascender macrumors 68020

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    If you can afford it, get the extra RAM as you can't upgrade it at a later date.
     
  5. Bazais thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello, thanks a lot for your quick reply. You all recommended 16 GB.

    Can we know the technical reason of this choice?
     
  6. jerryk, Oct 28, 2016
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    If you are running VMs like Parallels than get more memory.
     
  7. Smoovejayy macrumors regular

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    If you are running applications like photoshop, etc, having 20+ tabs open, and just need or want to work on many different things concurrently, get 16GB. As another poster said, you can't upgrade it after you purchase the machine. Standard now is 8GB so you should be above standard :)
     
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  9. Kiwikat88 macrumors regular

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    If you're looking 4 or 5 years out, or are using Photoshop, definitely 16. Photoshop LOVES memory.
     
  10. BenTrovato macrumors 68030

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    If it's a twelve month machine get 8. If you're planing on keeping it more than one year then go for 16.
     
  11. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816

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    In addition to reasons already mentioned, 16 will be much easier to sell down the road.
     
  12. ghanwani macrumors 6502a

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    I would have gone with 8 if the machine was upgradeable. But it's not, so 16 would be the recommendation. 8 is likely fine today, but will be limiting 2-3 years from now.
     
  13. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    16GB... no question on this.
     
  14. deadlystriker macrumors regular

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    You can never have too much ram.

    Definitely max it out since you can't upgrade it further down the road.
     
  15. Bazais thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, thanks a lot with your reply. I got it!

    Customize the 13' with 512 gb + 16 of RAM make it pricey close to the 15" .. so I might go for the 15" :);)
     
  16. Howard2k macrumors 65816

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    For another 240 Euros I'm not sure it's worth it. You won't get that money back.
    If you get the 16GB and don't need it, then it's wasted.
    If you get the 16GB and find yourself running into memory issues then that means you'll need to be a bit more selective about closing apps.

    For Office work you almost certainly won't see much benefit.
    For heavy photo and video editing you might see some benefit, but an 8GB machine can do that stuff too.

    I guess the question is how much photo and video work do you do? And if takes a little longer, does it matter more than having 240 Euros?
     
  17. Starfyre macrumors 68030

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    In this day and age, 16GB is an absolute if you want to ensure you can keep up and you like opening up a bunch of windows/multitasking.
     
  18. Howard2k macrumors 65816

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    Really? I have iTunes, Safari, Chrome, Lightroom, Mail all open right now on 8GB and am not seeing any issues.
     
  19. fxbeta macrumors member

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    16 GB if you want to use this machine for more than 3 years.
     
  20. grifftaur macrumors regular

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    I'm confused by all of these answers. I've been referred to one specific thread here on Mac Rumors on the 8GB vs 16GB debate. Based on that thread it seems like unless you are running multiple VM's or doing hardcore 3D rendering it isn't necessary. Also that most people never even come close to hitting the 16GB.

    I went with the a 2015 13 inch Macbook Pro 2.9ghz i5, 8GB Ram, and 512GB SSD on Apple.com. When I read that thread it made more sense for me to just get 8GB. Additionally I saw a video or something that using the 16GB can eat at the battery since you're using even more resources.
     
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    I'd opt for 16 since you can't upgrade later on.
     
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