What Upgrades to choose???

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by BlackMamba14, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. BlackMamba14 macrumors regular

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    What is the difference between upgrading the processor or memory? If you had to choose only one which one would you choose and why
     
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    RAM. The CPU doesn't make a big difference but the RAM can and will in the future.
     
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    There are points of diminishing returns, but the performance increase from 2GB of RAM to 4GB will outweigh a CPU upgrade on the MBA in most use cases.
     
  4. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I chose both upgrades, but if I were to choose only one, I am in a complete agreement with the above responses.
     
  5. Bottomsup macrumors regular

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    second. $100 more for the slightly faster processor just makes me sleep better at night even if i never would have noticed the difference.
     
  6. rovitotv macrumors member

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    RAM first priority CPU second priority

    Like the other posts the RAM difference makes a huge improvement. In the recent past I had a Mac Mini and a MacBook that both shipped with 2 GB of RAM, the performance was OK until you opened a lot of applications or ran a Virtual Machine. After a few months I added a 2 GB upgrade and this made a huge difference. In the case of the Mac Book Air you can't upgrade the RAM yourself so what you buy is what you get (forever). If I could only select one upgrade I would choose the RAM but if possible I would wait a little while to see if you can save enough to go for the CPU upgrade too.
     
  7. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    i would just upgrade the ram. $100 to go from a 1.4ghz to 1.6gz is kind of a waste, much more of a waste then $100 to go from 2gb ram to 4gb ram.
     

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