Upgrade SSD or RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by edhern96, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. edhern96 macrumors newbie

    edhern96

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    Hi,

    Recently bought the MacBook Pro (2019) 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 13”. (1st Mac ever)

    I’m in my last year of college in engineering, and I like to do music production, coding, very light gaming.

    Should I upgrade RAM to 16GB or SSD to 256GB? Or both (which is very costly).

    Thanks!
     
  2. sambrown12 macrumors newbie

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  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

    keysofanxiety

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    Which DAW do you use? If it’s LPX I’d go for the SSD and keep the RAM at 8GB.
     
  4. sambrown12 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I would suggest you upgrade your RAM for your gaming purpose while ram speed-ups your device, better performance upgrade, runs easily huge size application.
     
  5. edhern96 thread starter macrumors newbie

    edhern96

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    I see thanks!

    I used FL studio on my previous windows computer.

    But do consider switching to trying LPX.
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    I see!

    So I only play league of legends. But I hardly do when school starts.

    Kinda want to use computer for engineering, coding, and music production.

    So I don’t prioritize gaming too much, but I’ve heard 128GB is too small.
     
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

    keysofanxiety

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    Ah either's fine then. Unless you're frequently working with 30+ stems at a time, you'll be absolutely fine on 8GB. A lot is made of upgrading to 16GB whenever anybody uses video/audio software but macOS's memory management is brilliant and more often than not it isn't necessary.

    You'll benefit much more from the 256GB SSD IMO.
     
  7. Never mind, Jul 25, 2019
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    Never mind

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    I thought the OP said he already bought the 2019 13 inch MacBook Pro and I thought you cannot upgrade the RAM or the SSD because it soldered down. Did I miss something?

    https://9to5mac.com/2019/07/12/2019-13-macbook-pro-teardown/
     
  8. wytwolf macrumors regular

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    I read it the same way as "Never mind". The OP has already purchased the MacBook pro. As Apple integrates everything into the motherboard/logicboard it is not upgradable unless you purchase another MacBook pro with said upgrades. This is the reason why I am still running a 2012 MBP. It is starting to struggle with what I need it to do but loved that I was able to upgrade the Ram and HDD to a larger SSD.
     
  9. edhern96 thread starter macrumors newbie

    edhern96

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    Ah nah, I haven’t opened the MacBook Pro yet, I was going to exchange it.
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    A 2019 MacBook Pro?

    The RAM is SOLDERED in -- cannot be upgraded.

    I believe the drive on that one is SOLDERED in, as well. Cannot be changed.

    The only way to "upgrade" is to buy a DIFFERENT MBP with the upgrades "already there".
     
  11. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

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    He already said he intends to exchange.

    Anyway as to the topic, I suggest you upgrade the RAM. You cannot get external ram while you can get external storage. Not to mention 128GB to 256GB you likely will still need external storage. USB 3.0 SSDs are pretty cheap and offer good performance for most things.
     

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