To those with rMBP 16 GB RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by timsaxman, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. timsaxman macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2013
    Those of you who ordered the rMBP with 16 GB RAM, why do you need it? I'm having a hard time to choose and I wonder what you use it for and if there are any regrets going with this upgrade? What makes it worth upgrading without discussing what I will use it for, just tell me why you need it. :)
  2. Trubbles macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2012
    I spent a couple of days considering it and opted to save the $200 (might be cheaper now).

    People will doubtlessly tell you they are "future proofing" their machines by getting 16GB of RAM. Honestly, if you don't need it now, you probably won't need it later.

    My workflow consists of:
    - Parallels / Windows 7 (2 GB RAM allocated)
    - MS Word, Excel, PPT always open
    - Chrome
    - Misc education and programming tools (nothing heavy)

    I have never run out of RAM with 8 GB.

    I also play games in Windows 7 and I haven't found a single game that even "recommends" more than 4 GB of RAM.

    In the end, it all depends on you and your workflow.
  3. Simoquasimo macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    I find it useful when I have lots of programs open. I run many times Lightroom + photoshop and basic stuff (safari, spotify, itunes, word, excel, powerpoint) at the same time.

    With 16gb I can run all those smoothly at the same time and my macbook is also future proof. For my needs it was great upgrade, but it depends how you use your computer.
  4. agaskew macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    I run multiple VMs at once, eg 4 or 5. 16Gb RAM is a must, for me.
  5. willgreene99 macrumors regular


    Dec 16, 2010
    I am in the same situation with the previous poster. I run several VM's, with Oracle applications and databases running on them to provide POC's and data cleansing for my clients. I usually assign 4GB of RAM to the Oracle VM's and 2-4 GB for the app servers. This is in addition to running all of my Mac apps in managing several clients' infrastructure.

    On a side note, I wish VMware would hurry up and make a Mac client for VSphere.
  6. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    You didn't but I did, just got a 2012 Mini a couple of weeks ago and had pageouts and I am doing the same or less than you, Safari also seemed to be a RAM guzzler, this might have changed with the 10.8.3 update.
    8 GB is quite a lot but if you run iTunes with a huge Library, Safari with multiple Tabs open and a Virtual machine + Kerneltask is now using more than 1 GB on startup it's fairly easy to hit that 8GB.
    From the 8 GB I already "loose" 2 GB right after login!
  7. jasonvp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2007
    Northern VA
    Hell will probably freeze over first. Don't hold your breath.

  8. timsaxman thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2013
    I have a friend who, simply put, never want to close any programs or shut down the computer and he regrets not buying 16 GB. But that is maybe just plain stupid or could it be a valid argument? Since you don't have to shut it down like a pc.
  9. Bazu macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2013
    Warsaw, Poland
    Photoshop can eat alot of ram :)
    Reason why I got 16GB rMBP.

    And my Macbook will be up to date for longer period of time.
  10. leman, Mar 22, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2013

    leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    I got 16GB RAM and now I kind if regret it. My rationale was that I develop data mining algorithms for fairly large and complex datasets and my algorithms sometimes tend to eat lots of RAM. However, 16Gb is just too much, I would have done just as well with 8GB. The only time I saw a page out is when I made a mistake in my code and the algorithm ended up grabbing 25GB of memory within a few minutes :)

    P.S. Anyway, the department payed for the machine, so well...
  11. jesaja macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2003
    I only have 8 gigs in my rMBP, however, with that machine, I feel 16 would've been better. Many processes just seem to need a lot more memory than they used to (maybe in part because of the high res?), and I suppose it'll only get worse in the future.

    So my vote would be for 16 if you can afford it.
  12. Barhen macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2013
    it depends on what you plan to use it for, Photoshop (especially the latest suite) loves having more RAM. If you plan to bootcamp and run any VM, the ram will be used up quickly unless you don't multitask much..
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I opted for 16gb as the plan on keeping this beyond 2 years and the way software is increasing in terms of being bloated.

    Since the rMBP has its memory soldered onto the logic board I did not want find myself dealing with performance issues and unable to alleviate the issue.

    I typically run Vmware, photoshop, lightroom and a handful of other apps and they can all easily chew up the 8gb, so in the future any one of those apps could be demanding more resources then I may have if I opted for the 8gb model.
  14. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    They won't. Their direction is to continue adding new features to the vSphere Web Client, until at some point it will have everything that the thick client has, and more. For example, with 5.1, in order to use Replication, or local storage vMotion, you need to use the Web Client.
  15. Heartex macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2013
    I do not regret getting 16GB at all. I run parallels and some work related programs with lots of tabs. It feels good I can open any windows and many window on internet and just keep going with choices. In fact I think often I am glad I came to this site and learned before ordering my rMBP. I came from a 2011 MBA with lots of pages out with my 4GB. I needed ram and not necessary a increase in cpu.
    Very pleased.
  16. cramazing macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2012
    I use my rmbp for basic stuff, itunes, Office 2011, browsing web, some youtube, movie watching and thats about it. i dont have windows in there, i dont do photo or vid editing.

    everytime i check istat i usually have 4GB free on my 8GB machine

    i always feel like getting 16gb even though i know i dont need it but im sure to knowing if i had it is cool haha, but to each their own, 8gb is enough for me.

    i future proof by selling the old and buying the new.

    its not like a house, a computer is like a car, its not forever, yet people treat it like its the last one they'll ever buy, get what u need know and worry about the future in the future, maybe in the future we wont even need laptops, maybe it will be all tabs

  17. timsaxman thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2013
    I get the impression that the people who needs 16 GB uses either VMVare or Photoshop on a daily basis. I do neither, and would only use Photoshop occasionally and then I could just shut down some programs if the RAM would be running out at the moment? Or do you still think I should go for the 16 GB for future proofing? Because I'm not the one who sells it and buys a new one every year.
  18. jonnymo5 macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2008
    You will never regret spending the extra money once it is spent but you may regret not getting the RAM once you have the computer. It's not like you can upgrade it later so if you are debating it this much..... just get it.
  19. g37 macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2013
    Even so, I wonder if those people are actually monitoring the RAM usage to see if it ever spikes above 8GB...
  20. Pentad macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2003
    I can answer that for you:

    1. Everything grows in memory usage. OS X, Office 20xx, CS x, FireFox, Chrome, et al are not going to get any slimmer. They grow in functionality which will eat more memory.

    2. Extended life. You can't upgrade 8 GB to 16 GB. Maybe you think I'm not going to do that much work on it, but if that should change you are locked in. I could never survive on 8 GB of ram. I would have considered going 32 GB if it were offered.

    Now, I do work with many, many applications open at the same time including one or two VMs for development. Each VM has a minimum of 4 GB assigned to.

    As you can see, memory can get eaten up quickly.

    3. Resale value. 8GB might seem 'good enough' now but if you sell it later on it will be a hinderance.

    My best suggestion is asking yourself what you plan on doing with it today and however long you plan to keep it.

  21. silvetti macrumors 6502a


    Nov 24, 2011
    Yep, we just migrated one of our big Vcenters to 5.1 and we are shifting to Web client as VMWare has told us that in 2 or 3 versions the thick client will dissapear.
  22. Bokes macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    Considering how much you're already spending- what's an extra $200 that will DOUBLE the RAM?
    Also- the 16gig will be an easier re-sell- (if need be)
    IMO- it's a no brainer.
  23. heyapple macrumors newbie


    Mar 22, 2013
    That's true. I run CS6 with lots open and big files 8GB is okay now but what about CS7 & 8?
  24. Giuly macrumors 68040


    It didn't change with the 10.7.1 update, nor with the 10.8.0 update, and it's unlikely that it will change with the 10.9 update.
  25. MBPDiva macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2008
    on Orion's Belt
    I needed it for intensive Photoshop editing of large, RAW files. I have an early 2013 15" Retina MBP with 16GB RAM (which I'm returning to the store), and a late 2012 cMBP with 8GB RAM (which I'm also returning). In my estimation, the cMBP with 8GB of ram is much faster than the retina with 16GB. Don't ask me why. :rolleyes:

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