RAM with Lion in MBP

Sdahe

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Hello,

I have a 15" unibody Macbook Pro with 4GB and recently installed Lion... I'm seeing that my computer is getting kind of slow. Do I need to get 4GB more of RAM... make it 8GB?... it's getting kind of slow when working in Photoshop.

Where can I buy the RAM?... good ones.

Thanks
 

basesloaded190

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Hello,

I have a 15" unibody Macbook Pro with 4GB and recently installed Lion... I'm seeing that my computer is getting kind of slow. Do I need to get 4GB more of RAM... make it 8GB?... it's getting kind of slow when working in Photoshop.

Where can I buy the RAM?... good ones.

Thanks
Photoshop can me RAM intensive, so more could help a lot.
http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-20-231-565-_-03142012_2

This is a crazy deal and think about getting 16GB if you can because it's so cheap
 

ZZ Bottom

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Yes photoshop consumes ram like a frat boy drinks beer. I was working on a poster print (24"x36" 300dpi) this evening and photoshop used over 41gb in swap file (using HD for "ram") before erroring due to insufficient space. I promptly changed my secondary drive as swap scratch disk.
 

ryannel2003

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I'm a basic user but when I had 4GB of RAM in my 2009 Unibody MacBook it never paged out like my current MacBook Pro does. It seems like this computer needs more RAM so you don't have to worry about any pageouts. I'm assuming this is due to the graphics needing more RAM. It also doesn't help that Lion is a memory hungry OS in general.
 

NickZac

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I can max out my 16 GB of RAM using CS5.5 pretty easily so upgrading was a good call :)
 

Sdahe

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I got my 8GB today from OWC and they are installed... so for it feels better and running smooth.

Anyone else using this memory (OWC)... and can tell me your feedback.

Another thing.. How can I know if the memory sticks are running OK?..
 

Sdahe

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I dont know if its Lion but it doesn't feel as smooth as Snow Leopard... even with 8GB of RAM.

But when connected to the AC.. the MBP feels very smooth
 
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blatopilot

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Lion is weird with RAM. Mine came with 4GB which was fine with snow leopard. Just using the browser (no other apps open) and its using over 3GB.

I can see how Photoshop would not work well. I'm thinking of upgrading soon...