Who needs 8GB of memory

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mastermind6192, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. mastermind6192 macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2010
    Other than things like Photoshop, is 8GB really necessary when it comes with 4GB?
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Who doesn't?

    For the average user, 4 MB is plenty in 2010. You gain speed by having more of a program running in RAM. In fact, RAM is usually the most cost-effective way to speed up a computer. If your programs/project size exceeds your RAM space, you spend more time accessing the HD. Also, having many programs open at once is possible.

    That having been said, I'll repeat: for the average user, 4 MB is plenty in 2010.
  3. iMarcusx macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2010
    I think you mean GB :p
  4. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    More RAM = more multitasking.

    2 GB is sort of a bare minimum these days (see my sig :eek: ), though I have seen folks on here getting by with less!

    4 GB is just about right for most use. 8 GB is better if you are running big apps or need to run a bunch of apps at the same time.
  5. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Computer memory is into the GB now :eek:. Damned insomniac posting error. ;)
  6. Nghia Nguyen macrumors member

    Nghia Nguyen

    Apr 11, 2010
    The more, the better. But $300 (to upgrade to 8GB) is a lot of money.

    I have 4GB RAM on my current laptop and it runs Photoshop just fine (with moderate use - not too heavy). But when I run Photoshop with several apps (mostly iPhone, Safari, iTunes, and some times VLC?), it lags a lot. But that's because my Macbook is really old. I don't think you will have any problem with 4GB on current models.
  7. Thiol macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    Virtual machines like Windows XP on VMWare can used a decent amount of RAM. When I'm multitasking and using VMWare, I like to have more than 4 GB of RAM. This is where 8 GB would be useful.
  8. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    4GB is about perfect for my normal OS X usage, but when I need to open up a VM on top of that, things slow down. 8GB would be nice, but relegated to the desktop for me for the next year or two.
  9. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    I'd argue that 2GB is adequate for the average user.

    I get on fine with it. I only upgraded from 1GB because it was cheap.

    Though of course, the more the merrier really.
  10. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    8GB is not necessary for the avg. user. It's more of a luxury--not really cost efficient either unless you are a graphics or video pro or use Win virtualization s/w.
  11. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    I need it. I use several VM's and databases at the same time. Along with SPSS and Matlab.
  12. man02195 macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    I run Parallels, pshop, mail, firefox, and itunes with 8Gb and have about 500Mb of free memory. It reduced pageouts to a very minimal number, and the beach ball very rarely shows up. with 4Gb, pageouts were very high, and lots of lags and beach balls. totally worth the $340 price to me. ymmv.
  13. therealseebs macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2010
    I'm getting 8GB.

    Largely because WoW can easily run out of memory in 4GB. :p
  14. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    If you have multiple apps loaded, it comes in handy.

    If you run Photoshop, Compressor (Quick Clustering), Motion, and/or After Effects (multiprocessing mode), you can run out of memory in a hurry with only 4GB.
  15. flight macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    I have 8GB on my desktop, since it's my work machine (Photoshop, virtual OSes, etc.). But for my laptop, I only have 2GB. If I were to buy a MBP now, I think I would stick with the standard 4GB.
  16. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    Regarding more ram, I keep telling myself that 4gb is plenty and it is. However I want my new MBP to last for many years and I bet in 2011 6GB of ram will start to become more standard and new applications will require more and more and if you get 8gb of ram now you'll be all set. If I'm spending over 2k for something I know I want it to last for several years. Of course RAM prices will drop but I just checked a few sites and 8gb of ram is very similar to what apple wants. The real question is how much will these ram prices drop in a year?
  17. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2007
    I work in a software dev group that uses exclusivly Microsoft tools so I have a VM running with Visual studio and SQL mgt studio open pretty much all day. 8GB would be really cool as I can only give two to each OS. 5GB to OS X and 3GB to windows would be ideal.

    I'm not spending $350 on RAM while I have a mechanical HDD though. I think an SSD would net more improvement.
  18. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    This is one of the biggest reasons. If you want 4gb on your VM, it only leave 4gb for the system. If you keep VMWare or Parallels running all the time, 8gb is a huge boost.
  19. GregGebhardt macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    I put 8GB in my i7 and have no regrets. I do larger raw files in CS and a good bit of AutoCad 3D rendering + iTunes and have not even seen the beach ball. It is likely not required and 4 will get more by but 8gb is a lot of breathing room.:)
  20. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    I do, but can't afford it yet. :( One or two Adobe apps plus a VM (or three) open pretty much demands it. If you're just doing email, web surfing, media consumption (as opposed to production) and managing a personal photo collection, it probably isn't any use.
  21. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    I wish my MBP could have 8GB when making music, 4GB is pretty lacking when lot's of effects are applied...
  22. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    It wasn't too long ago that 4GB's was a luxury. When you can get 8GB's of ram for 100 dollars, that's when I'll buy it.
  23. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    The extra RAM comes in really handy for your virtual machines. Other than that you should be just fine with 4GB RAM.
  24. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    uhh.....I used to run PS off 1-2gb with no problems......
  25. Seraphx17 macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Do applications need to be 64 bit for it to be able to utilize more than 4 gigs? I know that is the case for Windows, so I was wondering if it applies to Macs as well.

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