Upgrading to 4gb worth it?

odinsride

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I've had my new SR MBP with 2gb ram since they came out, and was thinking about upgrading to 4gb ram sometime. Is it really worth upgrading? Will I notice any performance increases? I have to say it runs pretty darn good with only 2gb and I do quite a bit - ProTools, Photoshop, iPhoto, WoW, etc.
 

J'aime

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if you have the money to spend, why not? you can never have too much memory. you may not notice a major speed difference, but it would probably be better over the long run.
 

Igantius

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if you have the money to spend, why not? you can never have too much memory. you may not notice a major speed difference, but it would probably be better over the long run.
Yup, pretty much!

I'm not au fait with ProTools, but certainly you would get a nifty boost in Photoshop.
 

L3X

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I have to say it runs pretty darn good with only 2gb and I do quite a bit - ProTools, Photoshop, iPhoto, WoW, etc.
If you start to use a lot of plug-ins in Pro Tools, it will definitely help. Also, if you get into Logic Pro at all, it will come in handy.

More memory the better imo. :D
 

wongulous

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It won't hurt, except your pocketbook... because RAM will inevitably be cheaper in 1-3 years over the course of your laptop's early life cycle, and of course in 1-3 years you'll need more RAM compared to using today's applications. But if you're fine now, why blow the money on something you won't need until later (when it'll be cheaper anyway)?
 

kellen

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I would go into utilities and see if you are even using up the 2 gigs. Try checking after a full day of work. If you have around 1/2 gig left, I wouldn't. But if you are paging and don't have much ram left, then I would do it, perhaps one at a time though.
 

mr_matalino

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4GB of RAM will give you "true" 64-bit processing. I'm sure you'll notice a difference with 4GB and Leopard (true 64-bit OS).
 

vicious7

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I recently bumped up my RAM to 4GB -- been using FCP, CS and other media software concurrently and I experienced some slowdown. Things are much quicker now.

OWC has good prices (with RAM exchange). Check 'em out.
 

Gandhi

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Oh yeah, more is better when it comes to memory on OS X. Got 4 gigs on my MBP and it flies. Biggest difference I see is in Fusion and after a ong day of use for Safari 3 Beta - no page in page out slow downs!