To RAM or not to RAM?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bsheridan, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. bsheridan macrumors 6502

    bsheridan

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    I've got a 2.16GHz macbook.
    It is capable of having RAM up to 3.3GB, so here's my question:

    Crucial offers two 1GB cards for £33. BUT they also offer a 1GB and 2GB for a total of £40.
    Is that extra gig worth the £8, I ask because both ram slots wont be at equal pegging; will the 1GB be worth the drawback of the lowered performance?

    + they're both free shipping, nice!:)

    (£1 = $2)
     
  2. bsheridan thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. slipper macrumors 68000

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    From my research on this forum, matched sets of RAM only provide minute gains in performance over non-matched sets. Of course minute gains could be just testing variances, thus no gains at all with matched pairs of RAM. If thats the case, maybe its just propoganda from the RAM companies.
     
  4. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

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    Do you need the ram? It looks like a ok deal in GBP for the extra 1 gb, I'd go for it if I were you but then again it just migh be overkill if your budget is tight.
     
  5. LeMacK macrumors newbie

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    macbooks don't require matched sets of RAM, and won't benefit from it. the mac pro, however, does.
     
  6. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

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    Actually, I believe that any core 2 duo macbooks will also be able to benefit from matched pairs.
     
  7. LeMacK macrumors newbie

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    technically that's true, but benchmark results (xbench) indictate that c2d macbook performance with 3 GB RAM (unmatched) is 3.9% better than 2 GB RAM matched.
     
  8. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I agree. My point was to illustrate that a 64 bit macbook enjoys performance gains over a 32 bit macbook thanks to matched pairs.
     

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