Two issues about 2011 13" MBP

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  1. joselms macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I have a 2011 13" MPB 2.7/i7. I am thinking of upgrading the RAM from 4GB to 8GB. Do you think this would create a significant gain in performance? Will I finally completely get rid of the beach ball? I get that when I have Lightroom 3, Aperture and Swift Publisher all open and switching between apps.

    My second issue is I really do have serious fan throttling on this Mac. The fan noise is so intense it got me scared the first time and I had to step back thinking the machine would explode (seriously and honestly, no lying, no exaggeration). Is this inherent in a Core i7? Does this happen when the CPU tries to overclock itself? Example is that it happens when I run Geekbench alone.

    Thanks for any thought.
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    RAM would definitely be helpful for those apps, as image processing uses a lot of memory. As far as the fans go, no need to worry. Geekbench uses a lot of CPU, so that spins the fan up, along with some tasks in image processing. It's just keeping itself cool.
     
  3. joselms thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. Yes, that's what I was hinting to myself it's just that I never heard of that on my old 2010 MBP.
     
  4. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

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    ram will make a world of a difference.

    The fans barely turn on, and when they do, they are loud. think about how powerful your computer is, after all...

    if you're worried, you can use iStatPro(http://www.islayer.com/apps/istatpro/) to monitor CPU temps and fan speeds.
     
  5. joselms thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I've been looking for one like this without having to view Activity Monitor all the time.
     

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