Ram...what a difference

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Eric8199, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
    Just upgraded my late 2008 MPB from 2gb of ram to 6gb. What an improvement. It's like a new computer. I was going to get an iMac, but decided I'm better to keep investing in more mobile devices since I use those s lot more. Don't want to be tied down to a desk.

    Next step will be a 500gb or 1tb hard drive.
  2. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
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    Would going from 4gb to 6 or 8 make much difference?
  3. j3yq macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
    I'm thinking about going from 2GBs to 8GBs, my Aperture 3 is soooooo laggy!
  4. squaredonut macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2011
    Yea, I'd like to know about 4GB to 8GB as well. If it makes a significant difference, I must just upgrade the MacBook Pro I'm about to get.
  5. marcnotrust macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2010
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    I'm planning on upgrading from 4 to 8. I would imagine you'll notice the difference when multi tasking with some bigger programs.
  6. blackburn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Where Judas lost it's boots.
    Running with 8gb with dynamic pager off sure beats 2gb or 4gb.
  7. kdum8 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Frankly going from 2GB to 4GB or going from 2GB to 8GB I doubt you will see much difference. The current threshold for most users seem to be around 4GB as the best balance.
  8. blackburn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Where Judas lost it's boots.
    When running multiple virtual machines 8gb does wonders:D
  9. oakie macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2008
    it greatly depends on what you're doing with it. running virtualized os's, editing large photo, audio or video source files, or a workflow that requires extensive multitasking can all benefit from an upgrade in RAM, even if it's as little as doubling a 2GB setup to 4GB... and in most previous gen Macs, the max amount of RAM they'll accept is 4GB.

    but if you're just surfing the internet, typing up docs, and editing spreadsheets, then no. the extra RAM wont make much difference for average users.
  10. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Don't think; just do it. It will make a huge difference.
  11. j3yq macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
    I also heard it could be the CPU, I have. uMBP 2.26. Good to hear that in this case ram will help.
  12. Kyffin macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010
    Unfortunately upgrading the CPU means a new computer, I'm very happy with the difference 8Gb has made to my mbp- I'm definitely getting the use out of it and can transfer the sticks in future. (Well looking forward to making the move to SSD too- from what I read thats where the bottleneck is with speed at the moment- especially with Aperture need to read your source data).
  13. Nabooly macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    Im thinking about doing the same thing.

    Im getting constant beachballs. Not sure why :-/

    I have 2 users constantly running with firefox open on both. Would more ram help?
  14. Kyffin macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010
    Sorry, off topic; how are you getting two users accounts running at the same time? Thanks!
  15. Sweeperdk macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2009
    Århus, Denmark
    I will be upgrading from 4 to 8 gb ram, and from 500 gb hdd to 120 gb ssd this monday or tuesday.

    I expect quite a boost to my mid 2009 c2d 3.06 machine.

    And yes, I do it out of need. I edit a lot of photos, of the panoramic kind. Often messing with images with 30-40 layers with a 24 megapixel image in each.

    I will run a couple of benchmarks before and after and post them here if interested?
  16. ZebOfMac macrumors regular


    Feb 13, 2010
    Upgrading RAM could solve some problems. One has to see if the current amount is being used and if your getting a value of less than 10 percent remaining you are indeed wanting to upgrade.

    Each virtual machine will allocate its programmed amount from the main system and the main system will not have excess to that memory. For example I have Windows XP (1 GB) and Windows 7 (3GB) in virtual. When both of these are running OS X only has 4 GB remaining. I could not do this if there was only 4 GB on board as OS X needs 1 GB to launch and run in basic settings not counting other programs.
  17. applebook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2009
    4Gb is the new 2Gb of a few years ago.

    Snow Leopard pretty much demands at least 4Gb to be at its most efficient. 6Gb is even better, but I doubt that you'll see as big a leap going to 8Gb, except that you'll enjoy dual-channel again.
  18. squaredonut macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2011
    Thanks for this! :)
    I'm probably going to upgrade to 6/8 GB once I've saved up the cash. I do quite a lot of work with photos.
  19. crazyitalian198 macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2006
    8 gigabytes and a 240 gig SSD made my late 2009 13" MBP speed up tremendously.
  20. Blu101 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2010
    You're wrong.

    I recently upgraded my gf's blackbook from 2GB to 3GB (it's max usable RAM, via 2x2GB sticks - can only use 3GB of the installed 4GB), and she noticed a big difference in overall system speed. She's using snow leopard and even though she doesn't use any heavy software, she usually multitasks. Dashboard constantly showed anywhere from a couple hundred megs and under as free/available most of the time, clearly starving for memory. The extra 1gig helped big time. If you're running snow leopard and only have 2gigs of RAM, any upgrade will help.
  21. diehldun macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2003
    Just ordered a 4GB upgrade kit for my 2.2GHz SR MBP (from stock 2GB to 4GB) and a 2GB upgrade kit for my mom's 2.0GHz MB (from stock 1GB(!) to 2GB).

    I'm not expecting a night-and-day difference with my MBP honestly, but I really hope the extra 1GB will help my mom's MB; lots of spinning beachballs and sluggish performance lately.

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