RAM: 8 vs 6 vs 4 gb ram mbp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by r23w, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. r23w macrumors member

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    Will either 6 gb or 8 gb of ram boast much difference in a macbook pro over 4gb??

    which is worth the money?

    I do lots of hd video editing and tons of image processing.




    thanks!
     
  2. InvalidUserID macrumors 6502a

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    Depends. What are you going to be using your MBP for?

    Web-browsing and word documents. No.

    Graphic intense programs and gaming. Yes.

    See?
     
  3. r23w thread starter macrumors member

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  4. Surely Guest

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    DO NOT buy from Apple. They overprice their RAM.

    Give Crucial or OWC or NewEgg a try. All good.
     
  5. InvalidUserID macrumors 6502a

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    Surely took the words out of my mouth. While I love Apple, I wouldn't buy their RAM.

    I've always used Crucial with no problems. I think anything from a name-brand company should be fine, save for value RAM.
     
  6. Surely Guest

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    Sorry for jumping the gun on you InvalidUserID! :p

    It's truly amazing that Apple charges that much for friggin' RAM. But, I'm guessing enough people (who don't know as much as we do) are buying it from them to justify those prices.
     
  7. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

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    If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it yourself. Here's a hint, you can't buy your RAM for $300 ;)
     
  8. Jaimi macrumors regular

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    If you install 6GB of RAM ( a 4GB and a 2GB) then your RAM will work in Single Channel mode. Your sticks must be the same to work in Dual Channel mode. Single channel mode will cause your computer to slow down.

    As for 8GB vs. 4GB, you should use the general computer rule - buy what you need now. Next year it will be half price.
     
  9. Surely Guest

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    I don't know what your hint comment means, but installing RAM is incredibly easy. If you can build IKEA furniture, you can install RAM into a MBP.

    Apple even has a step-by-step guide with pictures:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1270
     
  10. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

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    That won't work, that is DDR2 RAM, DDR3 will cost you a good deal more but you can still get it cheaper then from Apple.

    I recommend you check activity monitor and see if you have a lot of pages out, if you don't, then you don't need more ram. Like I have 4GB and rarely ever have pages out, so adding more RAM would not help me.
     
  11. star-affinity macrumors 6502a

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    I found the below quote here: http://forums.macnn.com/69/mac-notebooks/380886/6-8-gb-ram-macbook-pro/

     

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