worth upgrading RAM on 2010 Macbook

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  1. ayusuf macrumors newbie

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    I have one of those old white 2010 Macbooks and I'm wondering if it's worth upgrading the RAM from its current 2GB to 4GB or 8GB. It also seems like the battery needs to be replaced since the count is at 992 and it said, "Service Battery".
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As for upgrading RAM, it depends on your typical workload. If you're not currently maxing out your RAM, adding more won't produce any noticeable improvement. If you do need more, your model supports up to 16GB of RAM. This should help: How much RAM do I need in my Mac?

    As for your battery, the "Service Battery" indicator shows when the health drops below 80%. It could also indicate another problem with the battery, but that isn't as common. You can continue to use the battery as long as it holds sufficient charge to meet your needs, as long as it doesn't start swelling, which some batteries do near the end of life. If it does start to swell, have it replaced ASAP, before it can damage other components in your Mac.

    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions, including tips for maximizing battery performance. If you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
    If you're looking to make hardware updates to improve performance, consider replacing your HDD with a SSD. That can produce a more significant performance boost than adding RAM in many cases.

    If you're having performance issues, this may help:
     
  3. Altemose macrumors G3

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    It is definitely worth it to upgrade the RAM. I recommend 8 GB for regular day to day average user tasks (email, web surfing, office-type tasks). If doing serious photo or video editing, then it maybe worthwhile to go to 16 GB. Check what capacity your battery still holds in Battery Health (App Store) or coconutBattery. If you deem that it is time to replace it, an Apple Store can do the necessary repair and also replace the bottom pan as part of the recall if not done already.
     
  4. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. Upgrade the memory, new battery and you have a notebook that will last a few more years.
     
  5. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    I have a late-2009 macbook with 8GB and 250GB SSD. Pretty fast for everyday tasks.
     
  6. citan macrumors newbie

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    Do it. Put 8gb in my 7,1 and never needs to use hard drive for swap
     

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