Should i upgrade to 4GB of RAM?

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  1. mossme89 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 15" 2008 unibody, 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo MBP with 2GB of RAM. I'm really considering upgrading to 4GB of RAM. I find that in Snow Leopard (and Leopard too) that playing HD video can be pretty choppy at times, iMovie beachballs a lot, and it's just kinda slow if i have more than a couple apps open.

    Compared to my friend's new MBP (core 2 duo w/ 2.4 ghz also) with 4GB of RAM, my friend's Macbook is so much zippier and he can have many apps open without much of a slowdown. Anybody else notice this? And should i upgrade? I'm doing video editing, some with HD video, light gaming, but often like to run with a bunch of apps in the background or in different space (i.e. iTunes, Safari with a bunch of tabs, Word with a couple documents, Skype)
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    4gb is cheap on that model. I have the 2.4ghz Santa Rosa at 4gb for over 3 years.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    My experience has been the jump from 2GB to 4GB of RAM gives a significant performance boost
     
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Yes you should. I have a pre-Santa Rosa MBP that had 2GB in it up until a few weeks ago when I upgraded. My MBP is a whole lot snappier and smoother running now.
     
  5. mossme89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's a unibody with DDR3 so it's a tad more expensive i think...

    Good, so i'm not crazy :) Yeah i could have sworn my friend's macbook is much faster than mine. By faster i mean being able to zip around with a bunch of apps open with not much slowdown. Think i should go for 5 or 6GB while i'm at it?
     
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  7. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I'd just go for 4GB. That's what I have in mine (which is the same computer internally), and it works very well. I think you can pick up a 4GB kit for around $75-80 now
     
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Exact same spec'd computer. Upgraded mine to 4 yesterday! Seems to be much quicker already.
     
  9. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

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    It is totally worth the upgrade. There is a reason that pretty much every computer you can buy these days comes with at least 4gb standard.
     
  10. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    I have the same model, it's worth upgrading.

    I upgraded to 4GB in late 2008, when ddr2 was the most popular type of ram, so 4GB of ddr3 was still expensive, now you can get 4gb ddr3 pretty cheap.
     
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  12. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    Coming from my 2007 Macbook with a 2.0 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM , wait, scratch that, it might have been 1 GB (whatever was standard to come with that laptop) to my 2010 MBP 2.4 GHz processor (both core2duos) with 4 GB of RAM, I'd say yes, 4 GB is definitely much better than 2 GB (or maybe that was 1 GB, still, more RAM can definitely make a difference).

    I know, different computers but I will say I haven't noticed much speed difference (seeing as the processors aren't that different, is that relaly much a surprise), but I have seen a good difference in my new computer being able to handle more processes at once vs. my old computer which would have several "stop and think" episodes (which from what I was told was most likely due to needing more RAM). So, I'd say it makes a huge difference.
     
  13. FetalSage macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know the story with 6gb in the 2008 unibodies? I've been reading around but I just cannot find a definite answer. Some say it works, some say Snow Leopard broke it.
     

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