rMBP 13" 8GB of RAM?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Curtis 92, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Curtis 92 macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2009
    Everyone knows that you can't upgrade the RAM on a rMBP but do you think 8GB will be enough RAM if i was going to keep the laptop over a period of like 4/5 years? Do you think I should upgrade it to 16GB at time of purchase?
  2. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013

    What are you using it for?

    16 Gigs is mostly very unnecessary for most people..

    This is coming from someone who has had 16 gigs on two macs, and realized what a waste of money it was. 8 gigs is more than adequate for most uses...
  3. anonymous6237 macrumors 6502


    Nov 3, 2007
    Plano, TX
    I've been using a Macbook Air with 4gb of ram for the past 4 years and haven't really noticed. Light to moderate Photoshop, some really light gaming even (Kerbal Space Program and the occasional WoW) all without any issues. I definitely thing 16gb of ram is overkill in most instances.
  4. Raunien macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2011
    Unless you are doing heavy video/photo editing or running VMs, there really is not a need for 16gb.
  5. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    Save your money and go with 8. The amount of users who truly NEED 16 are few and far between.
  6. Curtis 92 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2009
    But I'm talking about in 4/5 years do you think i'll need to 16GB just to give it that boost, i'll be using it for Logic Pro and other music applications
  7. Raunien macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2011
    My other piece of advice is get what will set your mind to ease. If you get 8gb and will keep on thinking about whether you should've gotten the 16gb, then get the 16. It's not worth it for the regret to consume you.
  8. Samuelsan2001, Mar 11, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2015

    Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Personally I don't but

    I don't think that RAM needs will change much in 4-5 years they haven't changed much in the last 4-5 years after all.

    However who can say how software will go......

    To be honest if this is your job then some serious research on RAM use in your applications (How often they are udated, what those updates have done to RAM use in the past, what new features are being planned etc etc etc) is much more likely to reveal what you'll need than a few answers guessed at on Macrumours.

    If this is a hobby then I can't see 8gb being your bottleneck unless you run mulitple VM's or some particularly RAM inrtensive apps.

  9. Curtis 92 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2009
  10. chipchen macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2002
    I always tell people to buy for the long run. 16GB is more than plenty today... but if you're planning on keeping your computer for 3-4 years... I'd say it's a good investment.

    It drives me insane that Apple still sells base units at 4GB that's not upgradeable.
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013

    For the majority of macbook users, especially at the low air cost point where they have still got 4GB of Ram, They will not need more than 4GB for the next decade...

    All the other notebooks have 8gb minimum and are aimed at more intensive users who are willing to pay for more powerful machines.

    Seems a no brainer to me....
  12. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    8GB will be fine 5 years from now. I personally wouldn't go for 16GB unless you had a very demanding workflow.
  13. chipchen macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2002
    You really think having 4GB RAM will be enough in 2025?

    2GB RAM was fine five years ago... but you can't even run newer OS on it nowadays... You seem to be forgetting that people upgrade software along the way. More so now that the OS upgrades are free.

    Maybe we'll revisit this thread in a decades time and see if you think 4GB is still enough.
  14. ~~Hello~~ macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2007
    Depends. If you run virtual machines the extra RAM will come in handy.
  15. TedJustAdmitit macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2010
    This is me. I have to run Windows 2012 for SharePoint Development and that eats up 8gigs alone and it annoys me that they don't sell the 16gig model in stores. Not going with 8gigs on an impulse buy, must wait for delivery of a 16gig model.
  16. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    it's certainly not worth Apple's ridiculous premium.
  17. Striker-UMB macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    My late 2009 white unibody Macbook with a 2.26GHz Core2Duo, 2GB ram 9400M and 250GB HDD still runs Yosemite with no problems and is still pretty fast. No wifi drops, scroll lag etc. Obviously its not as fast as an SSD but once its booted up, it runs like any ordinary Mac.
  18. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Yosemite runs fine on 2gb

    Yosemite runs fine on 2gb for light work, however it really dislikes HDD's. Software Ram usage hasn't changed all that much in the last 5 years, for the basics, in fact some use less due to better coding and streamlining. Of course if you are using proffesional apps for 4k video editing running VM's etc then you need more but the majority of users just doing some office work, browsing the web (as long as they don't use chrome), and editing photos in iphoto 2gb is fine.
  19. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    What nonsense.
  20. Android300zx macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2012
    I plan on re-buying a MB (most likely next week since it looks like the redesign might be next year) and was going to still opt for the 16GB. My paranoia is that if apps are being updated to include more features that they'll eat more memory. Is that rationale sound? I plan to do very light Photoshop work but was thinking more of long-term.
  21. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Let me put it like this. By the time 16Gb will become a necessity, you will be severely limited by your CPU/GPU and RAM bandwidth to the point that 16GB of current RAM will not make much difference.

    In 4/5 years, there is a chance that stacked RAM (or comparable technology) will start becoming a standard. We are looking at memory bandwidth of around 6x-10x of what we have now. It is likely that this will enable a new kind of software which will take advantage of those insane speeds. But once that software becomes commonplace, your 16GB DDR3/DDR4 laptop will be hopelessly outdated.

    So yeah, if you are not going to work with big data (in broadest sense), 16GB will probably not do anything for you. Of course, if you have some money to burn, why not.

    P.S. I have 16GB. But I also routinely work with datasets that take around 4-6GB in memory.
  22. Psyfuzz macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2014
    I recently upgraded from 4 and had the choice.

    Went with 16GB since I could afford it, but I've yet to break over 7 GB in use. Who knows though, as the Mac line-up keeps getting higher specs as standard 16GB may be a safe option.
  23. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Best post here

    Leman that is spot on...
  24. phrk macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2012
    I really don't understand how people always say that 16 GB RAM is only necessary when you use VM and super heavy apps.

    At the moment my "light" working apps are open which are Finder, Adium, Firefox, Mail, Calendar, Tweetbot, Word, Excel, Reminder, PW Safe and Preview. Already 12 GB taken.
    If my "heavy" working apps join these apps like Matlab, multiple PDFs, Sente (Bibliography app), VMware then the 16 GB are easily filled.
    Also some services are running the whole time like Divvy, Drobox, Owncloud, f.lux, Caffeine and Logitech Software.

    So if you are really working with your MacBook I would always recommend 16 GB RAM especially when you want to keep it for more than 1-2 years.

    But these are just my 2 cents.

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