New 13" Macbook - 8gb vs 16gb

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mac-jam, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. mac-jam macrumors member

    May 25, 2015
  2. StellarVixen macrumors 68000


    Mar 1, 2018

    Me, personally, I am following a simple rule when it comes to hardware resources: better to have plenty of them, without needing them, than to not have them when you need them the most.
  3. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
    I have an 8GB MBPro and haven't hit the wall on memory. It all depends what you're using it for, and you don't provide any details on that.

    I'd say it's likely I'll go for 16GB if I was buying today, but it's not a slam drunk. 16GB or a backup drive for Time Machine? I'd take the backup drive for my uses.
  4. sosumi99 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2003
    Can't say without more on what you're using it for. The money saved could well go to something far more relevant for your needs.
  5. lockerc18 macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2012
    This is true. I don't do video editing or other memory intensive things, but I got 16GB anyway on my 15 inch MBP. I have never seen my system go above 8 GB, or even 6 GB. It's nice to have the extra RAM, but like the poster said, it all depends on what you use the system for.
  6. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    8 GB is perfectly fine, in fact that’s what I have on my iMac 5k and I run multiple chrome tabs, Logic Pro X with 40vsts and Final Cut Pro X at the same time. Never reached the maximum, I guess macOS knows how to handle the Ram management. If you want to use virtual machines or want to keep the MB a little more future proof then go for 16GB. If you want to save some money and still having a great performing machine then stay with 8GB.
  7. airlied macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2011
    32gb? depends on what you are doing, 16gb? definitely. 8gb is just too small by today’s standards.
  8. Painter2002 macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2017
    Austin, TX
    I would say we would need more info on the users needs. For many 8gb is still reasonable, although 16gb is more future proof. I wouldn’t advise anyone to get 32GB ram unless they know outright that they need it (for pros using VMs or editing 4K videos). As a rule, if you have to ask if it’s worth upgrade, you likely don’t need it.
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    In order to better advise we really need more details on your intended usage of the machine. Also I would check you activity monitor on your current machine (assuming you have one of course), and see what your memory pressure is. If you have 8Gb RAM currently and you are not pressing it hard, like less than 50% pressure, I’d say don’t bother with an upgrade yet. If you are hitting 60-75% memory pressure then it might be worth the upgrade.
  9. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    Just don't forget that you cannot upgrade the RAM later and Macs with more RAM are worth more later when it's time to sell it.
  10. ezekielguy86 macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2017
    I think currently have a 2016 13" 8Gb and just ordered an 18 15" 16Gb. Was considering a 13" again and would have got 16gb just to give me buffer room. Just feel like 8gb was always getting close to maxing out. While I never did max out just like the idea of having room to grow.
  11. Jimgpayne macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012
    I would go for the 16GB (actually, I did go for the 16GB).

    The main reasoning is that MacBooks tend to be used far, far longer than windows laptops. Maybe it is because of their cost.

    So you are likely to still be using the laptop in 3-5 years. And in 3-5 years the 16GB will be the norm rather than the 8GB.
  12. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP --

    I've never needed more than 8gb.

    The answer as to whether or not YOU need the extra RAM depends upon your usage requirements.

    What are they?
  13. mac-jam thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2015
    A lot of web apps, mail, office, iTunes. Bit of light photoshop work.
  14. iPhonagain macrumors member


    Dec 28, 2009
    I’d say if you can afford it, get the 16 GB of RAM. You can’t add more to a MacBook Pro later and you might need it sometime in the future.
  15. Hater macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Yeah, sitting idle it'll not use much, but load up a filter in FCP and it'll be bouncing off 16GB in no time. Mine is constantly out of RAM.
  16. IngerMan macrumors 65816


    Feb 21, 2011
    It’s one thing if you can update it like an iMac. My first 2016 13” I only got 8GB Ram. I had an app memory clean and spent way to much time monitoring my memory. My 2nd machine I got 16GB and deleted the app. It’s more enjoyable for me with 16 if I need it or not.
  17. sosumi99 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2003
    With those uses you won’t need 16 GB. But if you can afford it, why not? It’s ultimately not a large amount of money and may come in handy if you decide to do things like running virtual machines.
  18. ch2856 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2018
    If you open 10 images on photoshop (8mb each) it's fine, but if you open 40, it's hard of the ram and it will take a lot of time to open them. 8GB is not alot of you do alot of multitasking and work with alot of images.
  19. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a


    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    i would opt for 16,
    one, better resale value down the road,
    two if you don't restart ur mac for long period time like me you will frequently hit 10gb+, ( i'm at 12.81gb atm)
    three, there is nothing you can mediate when you max out ur ram, with hard storage at least you can plug in a flash drive and transfer files out, but with ram there is no external device that can magicallly boost your ram.

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