When should I get new ram?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by silverhkswrx, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. silverhkswrx macrumors newbie

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    I am a student that uses several programs at the same time. It is VERY seldom that any of my programs lag or run slow, but as I am getting further and further in my degree(masters in Physics) when should I, or should I even consider 8gb instead of 4gb...


    http://macramdirect.com/macbook.html
    8GB Kit 2 (TWO) 4GB SODIMM (2X4GB) LIMITED SUPPLY! (Apple Part # MC016G/A ) -
    Not for MacBookPro5,1 or MacBook5,1
    $299.54

    I have:

    Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,3
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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  3. silverhkswrx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    lol.... yeah.... thats what i'm trying to convince myself.

    I noticed though that macramdirect has 2 types..
    Premium Certified HyperVelocity™ DDR3-1066MHz modules for Unibody models
    299.54
    APPLE FACTORY OEM EXACT ORIGINAL NANYA/ HYNIX DDR3-1066 Modules
    349.55

    (No tech specs listed on the site)

    the ram that Hellhammer is recommending is
    Product Specifications:

    Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
    Density: Two 4GB (4096MB) memory modules for 8GB total
    RoHS: Yes
    Pin Count: 204-pin
    Op. Temp.: 0C to +85C
    Data Rate: DDR3-1066
    Speed: PC3-8500
    CL: CL = 7
    Cycle Time: 1.875ns
    Voltage: 1.5V
    ECC: Non ECC
    Module Ranks: Dual Rank
    Register: Non Parity
    Low Noise 8-Layer PCB
    Exceeds Apple/Intel Specifications
    Fully complaint with JEDEC specifications
    RoHS Compliant
    Lifetime Warranty

    What is the difference?
    Im very familiar with computers and installation but the numbers and acronyms are what throws me for a loop.
     
  4. apple.gr macrumors regular

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  5. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

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    well it depends: if u are going to be using more and more apps and/or intensive apps, you might want to upgrade...but if u are going to be using the same stuff and dont mind a few slowdowns here and there, then dont upgrade.
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Just buy from my link, saves you 50$ and OWC is very reliable brand
     
  7. banalelectric macrumors member

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    +1 for OWC! I have bought from them twice now and they're top notch.

    As for "when to buy", I think the right answer is "when you need it". If your programs are running fine for you at the moment and you're not running out of RAM on a regular basis, then you can only win by waiting it out as prices will only get cheaper over time.
     

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