Should I get 8 or 16 GB RAM (13" Mid 2014)?

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  1. Tourgott macrumors member

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    Hello,

    since the rMBP are finally refreshed today I'll replace my Mid 2010 MBP.

    I don't use Final Cut, I do not edit or capture Videos or anything like that. All I do is surfing (Safari), iTunes, Pages and sometimes I use Adobe Photoshop and Indesign.

    I also don't play games, except if the upcoming F1 2014 from Codemasters won't be released on PS4. Then I would play it sometimes on my Mac. Specs would be on F1 2013/Grid 2/Grid Autosport level. I don't know which MBP would be strong enough.

    Actually I will not upgrade for the next 4 years that's why I'm wondering which model I should get:

    13" 2,6 GHz with 8 GB RAM
    13" 2,6 GHz with 16 GB RAM
    13" 2,8 GHz with 8 GB RAM

    Thank you very much in advance
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd go with 8, since you're not really pushing the machine that hard.

    If you're still worried, then perhaps go with 16 if only for peace of mind.
     
  3. fuchsdh macrumors 6502a

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    To future-proof yourself I'd strongly recommend maxing the RAM. Even in lighter use cases like yourself, the future of the web is just going to be more and more RAM hungry.
     
  4. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

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    What would the world be like if apple finally just put 16gb ram as the baseline for every model.
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Overestimating RAM all over these boards

    Unless you are doing complex video rendering or running virtual machines 8gb of RAM is enough for anyone. Mavericks will run fine on 2 GB of RAM and $GB is more than enough for light use, 8GB will be fine for years and despite a previous posters assertions about the web most tablets run great on the web with 1 or 2 gb of RAM.
     
  6. Meister Suspended

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    For the answer you look here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1756865

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    strong enough for what?
    Safari? :rolleyes:
    Are you serious?
     
  7. friedkimchi macrumors regular

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    Save your money and get the base model.

    13" 2,6 GHz with 8 GB RAM.

    Only get the 16GB RAM IF you run more than 2 Adobe software + Virtual Machines + Crap load of background applications ALL the time.
     
  8. Menge macrumors 6502a

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    8GB is more than enough for the next couple of years. If you intend to make this machine last around 5 years, then get 16GB
     
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Uh, he did mention two Adobe products. :rolleyes:


    I'd still get the base MBP and save your cash. Although I think Apple has come a long way in memory pricing for BTO machines, 8 GB should be more than enough for the needs of someone in your shoes.
     
  10. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Completely agree. 8 is more than enough and 16 is overkill.

    I can already see it now. Because Apple increased the ram options, "8 vs 16" is the new "4 vs 8" thread.

    Guess I should throw my 4GB base model in the trash:)
     
  11. ABC5S Suspended

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    I used 2 GB at first, than quickly went to 4 GB, and that was enough for me. Than because the price lowered for more memory (Not on a notebook however) I bought 8 GB, and later 16 GB. What a waste the 16 GB was, so I took out 8 GB and left my system at 8 GB. Three (3) years now, and never have had any remorse with 8 GB. Never went over this, not even close.
     
  12. Meister Suspended

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    Smartass! :D
    There is still no reason why the new base rmbp shouldnt be easily "strong enough".

    If there would be a 32gb option and the base model came with 16 they would be discussing if they need 32gb.
     
  13. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    Heavy web pages are more taxing on your CPU, GPU, and WNIC than RAM. 4 GB is more than enough for browsing today and for years into the future. 8 GB is extreme overkill. 16 GB is utterly ridiculous.
     
  14. Merode macrumors 6502

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    I have Late 2013 13" rMBP with 8GB RAM. Yesterday I was using simultaneously:
    • Final Cut Pro X (stabilizing clips in progress)
    • iPhoto
    • Pixelmator
    • Safari with 2-3 tabs
    • iTunes
    System Monitor reported memory pressure (usage) at about half. In my opinion 16GB is huge overkill for mortals.
     
  15. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    High fives!
    But I know and I agree(d).
     
  16. Meister Suspended

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    i know. I have the same model, but nobody believes this.
    I guess they will have the luxury of 16gb and 200$ less then.

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    Your avatar shows you licking your own ass nevertheless.
    Thats probably why its nice and "smart". :)
     
  17. princealyy macrumors regular

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    Get the RAM, it will make it more future proof in my opinion ...
    I have 8gb, no complaints... but I would still prefer the 16gb if I was not going to get a new one in a few years.
     
  18. Tourgott thread starter macrumors member

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  19. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    Damnit Meister, I'm at work. I just LOL'd super loud in the middle of the office.
     
  20. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Ahh and even with this word of common sense, comments below yours still cheer 16GB JUST IN CASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  21. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    People should realise how much 8GB of RAM really is.
     
  22. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

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    what... but 16 is more... and more, well... more is just better no?
     
  23. cebseb macrumors regular

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    8gb is what I vote for. You won't get close to maxing it out.
     
  24. littlepud macrumors regular

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    8 GB is the sweet spot on the 13". Anything that NEEDS 16 GB of RAM will be bottlenecked by the dual-core CPU anyway.
     
  25. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd say few apps need 16GB anyways, but because the ram is soldered on the logic board people want to be a little more conservative and make sure they have enough now and the future.
     

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