performance upgrade: RAM or HDD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aye5882, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. aye5882 macrumors member

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    I have the 2009 15" MBP with a Hitachi 200gb 7200rpm HDD and 4gb of DDR3.

    which ones would have the greatest performance: upgrading to 8gb of RAM or SSD? If SSD, can you recommend a particular one?

    thanks!
     
  2. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

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    Can't answer your question as posed - it depends on your usage.

    SSD will improve boot and application start times. For most users, this is probably where you get the most perceived performance.

    More Ram means more applications can be open at once. Some apps need a lot of memory to work well - Virtualization leaps to mind.

    I can only comment on the SSD I use, which is the Intel XM25 Gen2 160GB. This is a great drive and I have no regrets with it, but I probably wouldn't choose it right now. The Gen3 Intel drives will be out soon and it seems like the "sandforce" drives have caught up to if not surpassed the Gen2 Intel drives.
     
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  4. budman1961 macrumors regular

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    If you want a fast boot, ssd, if you want to do heavy multi-tasking, then ram...get 8 gigs ram and a Seagate Momentus XT 500 gig hybrid drive...enjoy, and quit chasing it.
     
  5. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    SSD, faster loading times for everything. Later the memory upgrade.
     
  6. vant macrumors 65816

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    8GB RAM is useless if you can't use it.

    Look at activity monitor.
     
  7. DJ-R macrumors regular

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    Ram upgrades only for people are capable to multitask madly like me.

    Run 2-3 Adobe + Maya + Final Cut etc. it's all rendering = more ram the better.


    Email, browsing, notes, movie, WoW .. 4gb is way enough.
     

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