Upgrade to 4gb ram?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by posnera, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. posnera macrumors regular

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    I've got a MBP C2D 2.4ghz, NVIDIA 9600M GT with 2gb ram.

    Will upgrading to 4gb have any impact on gaming performance?
     
  2. Lurch. macrumors newbie

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    OSX or Doze?
    If Doze, 32bit or 64bit ver?
    32bit OS cannot address over 3.something Gb RAM properly, so the benefits will be nice, but minimal.

    In saying that tho... more ram is always better than less ram :D
     
  3. posnera thread starter macrumors regular

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    OSX SL 10.6.4
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Most games are still 32-bit thus they cannot address more than 3.3GB of RAM. More RAM increase overall performance so I would get more. Not because of gaming but because of other apps
     
  5. Lurch. macrumors newbie

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    what he said :cool:
     
  6. arnop macrumors regular

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  7. edddeduck macrumors 68020

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    I agree with the point on RAM being useful for everything and I think 4GB is the sweet spot for 10.6 on a performance / price point of view.

    I have to say the biggest speed boost I have got in OS performance and usability was getting an SSD HD it was like getting a new computer, spinning beach balls are now very very rare and the entire machine felt snappy.

    On a laptop (I have a 9400/9600 MBP) the speed up is even more noticeable as the stock laptop HD's are pretty slow.

    Edwin
     
  8. thekielbasakid macrumors newbie

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    My 4gb Experience

    Finally, something I can chime in about!

    I have a 2.0Ghz MacBook with NVIDIA graphics, and it came with 2gb of stock RAM. When I upgraded to 4gb with a higher clock speed, it was a whole new world. There were occasional stutters before when there were a lot of tabs open, but not now. The "beach ball" practically never happens, and Portal runs a whole lot smoother! The frame rate hasn't hiccupped yet. Best investment for a Mac laptop.
     
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