Retina Macbook Pro - Is 8GB RAM enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Eahdawn, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. Eahdawn macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012
    Basically, I don't have the money to upgrade to 16GB RAM, and am wondering having only 8GB RAM damper the experience? Does the Retina screen put extra pressure on the memory to run applications?
  2. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    No 8GB is more than enough for the average user at present and the next couple of years, however if you plan to keep the machine longterm, say 4 - 5 years then 16Gb would be advisable.

    If you want a more definitive answer you will need to state your usage and the apps you plan to use, as the above is very much a generalisation.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Anyone who has to ask the question will be fine with 8 GB of RAM.
  4. playsontheleft macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2012
    8GB RAM is still a lot and is fine for the majority of things. However, be aware that the RAM in this machine can't be upgraded at a later date, so to be sure that in several years time when applications will need more resources and your uses might have changed that you have adequate RAM, I'd seriously recommend going for 16GB if possible at all.

    To answer your other question, no, the retina display does not use noticeably more RAM, if any at all.
  5. astoxos macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    Yes its more than enough. Go for 16GB if you to impress your friends.
  6. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    8 is plenty. I do wonder what OSXI will bring us though, and it's requirements.
  7. jasonx2 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2012
    The United Kingdom
    I have 8GB ram in my machine and it stills have 5.61GB free:)
    8GB is more than enough
  8. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    It really is completely dependent on usage. Without knowing what apps you'll regularly be running, we can't say for sure. But as others have said, if you're asking if 8GB will be enough, chances are very high that it will.
  9. katmeef macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    It completely depends what you are going to use it for. I use parallels to work in windows at least 8 hrs a day, and was getting a rediculous amount of pageouts with my first Rmbp that had 8.
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    For most people 8GB is more than enough.

    Only in extreme cases do anyone need more (i.e.: big files, video, etc.)
  11. Eahdawn thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012
    I plan to keep it for 5-6 years as my main, through college. It's a little overkill as I'm doing Computer Science and will be using it daily for browsing and playing around with it. I thought that applications would need more memory to run optimally on the Retina to push extra pixels for the programs, but clearly I'm a noob.

    I'm getting just for my complete love of tech really, and I plan on using it a LOT! Thank you for replying.
  12. nett macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2012
    i'm thinking to replace this one with the 16gb ram

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  13. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    Why? You still have almost 2GB available, and you have no page-outs. If that represents your normal usage and the level of usage you expect to stay at for the length of time you own the computer, you should be fine with what you have.


    You should be fine with 8GB. Enjoy your new computer!
  14. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    Unlikely that you need it, but you sorted the processors in ascending order which doesn't help in determining what you use.

    Based on what I see. You don't need it.
  15. chrslbrt macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2012
    Greatest words spoken
  16. nett macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2012
    Thank you for your suggestion. There were 1gb+ page out last night and that only Skpye and Youtube were using.

    And for today's captured screen, i left all those apps open without touching it. The UI does not smooth at all.
  17. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    you do not need 16GB of Ram for Youtune and Skype
  18. ducatiti macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2011
    When I ran VmWare on my 8GB rMBP, FCP, and Apertur. The ram available looked similar to what you had. Given time, we will all be maximizing the potential of this machine. I would suggest 16 GB.
  19. tdar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2003
    On the Space Coast
    For $200, your nuts not to futrure proof a $2000+ computer that has no aftermarket ram upgrade option. So the question is not is 8GB enough NOW but will it ALWAYS be enough. For $200 you do not have to worry about it.
  20. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    Spend the $200 for the upgraded ram. You won't have to question why you didn't purchase it later on. The ram is not upgradable. The virtual machine, programming IDE for your classes can use that extra power to compile code.
  21. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    For a lot of us, yes, absolutely, assuming by "always" you mean for the duration of time that we keep the computer. After it's served its purpose, it'll get passed on to someone with lesser needs and the RAM will be sufficient for them. We'll all be tired of a measly 2.3GHz quad core processor before the RAM is a problem.
  22. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    If you plan to do a lot of virtualization, then it might not hurt to get the 16GB. But for all honesty, 8GB with an SSD for any swapping that is needed means you are golden until you buy your next system.
  23. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Apparently, it's much less important these days, as the SSDs now can stream anything. It used to be that with memory intensive apps you would get drop-outs and all sorts of warnings/errors. You just don't see that now. Most apps have been updated to stream off the fast flash drives.

    Makes sense, but I really haven't tested this concept thoroughly (or at all, actually :D )
  24. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    Personally, I tend to support those in favor of trying to future-proof their purchase by spending the extra $200 to increase RAM. Sure 8GB is more than enough for most people now but if your keep your MacBook for 4-5 years you may indeed need those extra 8GBs down the road.

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