Which to choose: 8GB ram or 256GB SSD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LSS, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. LSS macrumors member

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    Hi all!

    I'm thinking about ordering a 15" MBP.

    Which do you think would give better performance for PS, Lightroom, Football Manager...
    8GB RAM + 540GB 7200RPM HD
    or
    4GB RAM + 256GB SDD HD
    ?
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    RAM. SSDs are too pricey and something bigger will come out sooner than you think.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I would first try with 4GB RAM and 500GB HD. Adobe apps can't utilize more than 3GB at the moment (CS5 will be 64-bit so it can) and as yellow said, SSDs are still pretty expensive and sooner than later they will be bigger, faster and a lot cheaper
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Caveat... RAM is much easier to put in at a later date. However.. I just don't buy into the SSD craze. I hate to sacrifice size for fancy-pants and on the SSDs I support I haven't seen a speed boost or a power saving that makes me care.
     
  5. mirage5 macrumors newbie

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    It is totally depends on your usage. If you are only using light weight Apps like browsing, email, etc. you don't need 8GB. SSD will be more useful for you. But If you use photo or video editing and use virtual machine to use windows a lot, then 8GB would come in handy.

    For my MBP, I chose 256 SSD over 8GB for the reason above.
     
  6. FearlessSpiff macrumors member

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    I upgraded my 2007 MacBook with an Intel SSD and it felt like a new laptop. Definitely a great upgrade. Most will fell more of a speed boost of an SSD than of an upgrade from 4GB to 8GB of memory.
     
  7. ValkyrieLenneth macrumors regular

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    Neither of them, buy a "plain" macbook pro then upgrade it yourself. Also, IMHO, SSD is the better idea unless you have a special reason for 8GB RAM.
    SSD = No more concern about shocking, better battery life, higher speed.
     
  8. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    How is installing a SSD any more difficult than installing RAM? They both involve you unscrewing the bottom, uninstalling the unwanted part, installing the new part, and reattaching the bottom. In fact I'd argue installing the SSD is a less dangerous operation than installing RAM since the HD/SSD carrier is in a corner and the RAM slots are closer to the middle of the machine.

    Personally I've noticed a nice speed bump in my SSD MBP compared to my 7200RPM MBP. Boot time alone is near instantaneous. But I agree the $/GB is too high for serious storage use. RAM is a better bang for the buck.
     
  9. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I'm living in a non-unibody world. Don't have any practical experience with them. I see now the access to the drive is really easy.
     
  10. clindner macrumors regular

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    The actual physical installation is about the same, but then there's the hours of restoring from your backup. You don't have to do that with RAM! :)
     
  11. ValkyrieLenneth macrumors regular

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    It's true, but to replace a HDD, you'll have to do more works.
     

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