Would I benefit from a RAM upgrade?

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  1. TheOriginalKi, May 10, 2012
    Last edited: May 10, 2012

    TheOriginalKi macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2011
    Mostly I browse the web, listen to music and use IMs, however I do play the odd game. I've attached a screen capture of my general usage (when not playing games). I'm new to Mac so don't fully understand it yet.

    Early 2011 MBP 2.3 i5, 4GB RAM and 320 HDD. Also considering putting a 256 Crucial M4 SSD in the MBP.

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  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010

    Open Activity Monitor and go to the System Memory* tab and look for Page Outs and Swap used and report back.

    If your page outs accumulate to more than 1 GB in a day during your typical computer usage, you can benefit from more RAM.

    To learn more about Mac OS X: Helpful Information for Any Mac User by GGJstudios
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    If that truly represents average usage (the computer had not just been restarted and you've been using it for a little while with your normal activity), then no, you would not likely benefit from additional RAM. You have very few page-outs, so you are not using more RAM than you have available.

  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor
  5. TheOriginalKi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks guys, that's cleared things up a little. I'll probably go ahead with the SSD but leave out the RAM.

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