Upgrading ram worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tlcashda, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. tlcashda macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2012
    Hey everyone, here are the specs on my macbook pro. I primarily use it for graphic design (adobe products) and playing Diablo 3. I also have it dual booted so I can use SolidWorks. Do you think upgrading my ram to 6gb or 8gb will give me more speed?

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro8,2
    Processor Name: Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB

    AMD Radeon HD 6490M:

    Chipset Model: AMD Radeon HD 6490M
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    PCIe Lane Width: x8
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That depends on your current and projected RAM usage. To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor
  3. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Depends what you do. I max out my 16GB daily. I am not the average user.
  4. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    Yes. Get 8 GB especially if running a virtual machine. It's cheap.
  5. SlyMac macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2008
    8GB is good. It depends on your useage but if your doing a lot of graphic heavy tasks more ram is always good. Its dirt cheap too. Whe I bought ram for my pro it was 21.99 per 4GB stick of Crucial.
  6. tlcashda thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2012
    GGJstudios: Thanks, I'll look into that.

    SlyMac: Do you happen to remember where you got your sticks?
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I'd check out either TigerDirect or Monoprice, you should be looking at ~40/50 for the RAM.
  8. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    I work with Photoshop and Dreamweaver extensively.

    Upgrade to 8GB.

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