Will SSD + 2GB be fast enough on new MBP?

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  1. kanpachi macrumors regular

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    Hello, I'm looking into buying one of the new MBPs, but am debating between the lower end model and higher end. I have an SLC SSD drive that's wicked fast, so I'm wondering if that will be able to hold it's own with 2GB RAM or is 4GB RAM necessary? I'm trying to stick with the stock models since I don't want to the BTO route and deal with all the returning/exchanging headaches in the latter case, but am also hesitant to upgrade the RAM on my own on the lower end since it looks much more complicated than the previous gen MBPs.

    Would greatly appreciate any advice. Programs I run mainly are Adobe CS3 and general programs like Mail, Firefox, skEdit, Fetch and other low resource programs. I'm running on a MacBook right now, but the additional screen real estate would be nice. TY
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you already have a MacBook why don't you just get an external display for more screen real estate? :confused:
     
  3. kanpachi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ya, I do that already, but I tend to be moving around a lot so don't always have access to a monitor. Any suggestions to my original question please?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    2 GB of RAM is fine. You're probably better off waiting for the price of DDR3 to come down later and replace it for less if you just need the computer now.
     
  5. joystik macrumors member

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    For your needs a 2.4 would be perfectly fine. The SSD drive should work without an issue. Changing out the ram shouldnt be too hard either, only a few screws, but keep in mind you have to use samsung ram only.

    I've been looking at benchmarks between the 2.4 vs 2.5 model, they both get similar scores , nothing drastic... So if youre not using cpu/gpu intensive programs stick with the 2.4.. it'll be perfect.
     
  6. dal20402 macrumors 6502

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    If you're running CS3, I disagree with this... I think you'll get more benefit from an upgrade to 4GB than from an SSD. CS3 applications are pretty RAM-heavy if you're working on anything bigger than a thumbnail.
     
  7. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    For graphics stuff you generally want all the RAM you can get. If I were you, I'd seriously consider the 2.53 GHz option. Aftermarket RAM for these MacBooks isn't particularly cheap and is about the same as Apple charges to upgrade from 2 GB to 4 GB. The 2.53 GHz model has the benefit of extra RAM, a bigger HD for you to put into an external case when you install your SSD, more video RAM (although by the sounds of things, this wouldn't affect you much) and of course a faster processor with double the on board cache. Personally, I think its worth it.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Their money not mine. The MacBook is fine and 6 GB of RAM for it is dirt cheap if it's DDR2.

    Keep in mind they're running CS3 on a MacBook already.
     
  9. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Very true, didn't think of the 6 GB in his original MacBook.
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Barefeats has their 6 GB benchmarks up as well.

     
  11. kanpachi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks very much for the input guys. Seems like RAM is pretty important so I suppose I'll go for the higher end one. I haven't used a computer with < 4GB in a while now, so it might be too hard to go down.
     

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