Would you recommend RAM upgrade?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vomer, May 3, 2011.

  1. vomer macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Hi guys,

    so I was planning on buying the 13" i5 MBP soon and was wondering if I should do the ram upgrade.

    I would be upgrading it myself as RAM is often cheaper to buy and install myself.

    Would I see any benefit?
  2. sab165 macrumors member


    May 15, 2008
    The upgrade is very straightforward and simple, and you are correct that it is much cheaper to get RAM from somewhere other than Apple.

    That question is relative. If you use several programs at once or RAM intensive programs then yes you will see benefit. If you only browse the internet and use a word processor than no you will not.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    If you describe your uses, that would be helpful in determining how useful the upgrade would or wouldn't be. My guess is that it's not necessary, as 4GB is plenty for the vast majority of users.
  4. d0ster macrumors regular

    May 3, 2011
    I'm curious also. Does RAM need to be upgraded if one will be running Parallels, Bootcamp, etc?
  5. RedRallyeZ macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2010
    Still really depends on what programs are being run WITHIN bootcamp.
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    It will typically improve performance in parallels, as the RAM has to be shared between two OS. With bootcamp, it won't make a difference unless you're running software that would benefit from it.
  7. zwodubber macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2011
    I upgraded to 8GB in my 2011 and it helped on the mac side, however my 32 bit Win7 in bootcamp says I only have 2.17GB available. 32 bit only recognizes 4 GB and win7 uses almost 2GB just to run itself.
  8. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2011
    Perrysburg, OH
    I always max out my systems with the most RAM possible. Boosts things up and it's cheap nowadays for the new stuff. It's worth it, trust me. I work on these things for a living, and RAM is a great upgrade for the money.

    I put 8GB in my 17 inch 2011 MBP from 4GB, using these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231266

    $79.98 shipped, and it's 1333 speed, fastest you can get for the new MBP's. You don't need "Apple Memory", just do your homework, read the reviews, and at the end of the day, RAM is RAM. It'll work unless it's defective.
  9. vomer thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    My main uses would be :

    - web browsing
    - downloading
    - video (HD and non HD)
    - archiving/extracting
    - documents
    - occasional photo editing

    Would you think 8GB would help? Sorry I should have listed those when i posted. I read some posts here and based on that the i5 would be more than enough for my needs. Just was not sure about ram.
  10. rdowty macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2008
    I doubt you'd see much improvement for the things you mentioned. Video editing, virtual machines and even photo editing can be memory intensive and those are likely where you'd see improvements. More memory only improves performance if you don't have enough and it sounds like you probably do.

    Memory is pretty cheap right now though and you might be able to buy 8gb and sell your existing memory on eBay and recoup most of the cost. I kept my original 4gb in case I buy an iMac I can upgrade it to 8gb too.
  11. jondob macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2010
    1600 is actually the fastest
  12. Tensakun macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2008
    Akashi, Japan
  13. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    I just put 8gb in my 2009 macbook pro... so far it's great! no issues at all.

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