Will I notice any difference?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by r1400sch, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. r1400sch macrumors member

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    I've been thinking about buying the ram update for SR MBPs of 4GB, but I'm not really sure if it will do much for me. The most intense stuff I really do is use garage band and iMovie (just for fun stuff, not really serious editing), work with data/statistical analysis (not huge files...most data i work with takes up less than 30 MB), play music from a very very large itunes library, browse photos from a large iphoto library, and do lots of internet research. And here or there I might play a 3d game ;P.
    If I went from 2 to 4 GB, would I actually notice a difference? If not, what sort of stuff would I have to be doing to take advantage of the extra memory/notice improvement?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

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    Run activity monitor and look at how much ram everything uses? Ignore "Virtual memory" information.
     
  3. DZL macrumors regular

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    sounds like you don't even need a macbook pro, much less a bump in RAM.

    Unless you're doing heavy (and i mean film-quality resolution) photoshop work, or compositing work (iMovie doesn't apply here), then 2GB should be more than enough for you.
     
  4. matperk macrumors 6502

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    Run your normal stuff then (like aliquis said) run activity monitor and see how much free ram you have and keep an eye on it while you're working.

    Also I think you can look at the page outs and if that's high--it's one way you can tell if you need more ram.
     

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