MBP 16GB RAM Upgrade?

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  1. IllusionEntity

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    Would it be worth upgrading my MBP to 16GB of RAM? It would be quite costly. So just wanted to know if I would see a DRAMATIC increase in speed and overall performance? I will be going from 4GB to 16GB on a 2.4GHz Quad-Core 2011 MBP.
     
  2. Bennyboy

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    I was wondering the same thing earlier. what price are we looking at?
     
  3. acosmichippo

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    I doubt it would be very dramatic. What kind of activities are you trying to speed up? What does your "system memory" tab in activity monitor look like when you do them? Screen shot would be good.

    I've got 6GB memory on my mac, and rarely fall below 1GB of free memory unless I'm running a virtual machine AND encoding HD video or something crazy.
     
  4. IllusionEntity

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    It would cost me £459.99!
     
  5. IllusionEntity

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    I am really only ever going to use it for anything other than browsing and downloading movies and watching them. I may in the future do some video editing if I decide to take up YouTube again. But what can I say. I'm greedy and impatient :p
     
  6. iphonewarrior

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    To be honest if all you're going to be doing is browsing and downloading you'd be fine with 4Gb or even 8Gb of RAM. I've got 8Gb in my MBP, runs like a beast :)
     
  7. IllusionEntity

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    What processor have you got?
     
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    2.4Ghz Dual-Core. My MBP is nearly one years old, it was purchased just before the new ones came out. I'm more than happy with it's power :)
     
  9. IllusionEntity

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    Do you plan on upgrading? I mean I always like to get the new gadget but I don't feel that it would be that warranted with a MacBook. I mean I think I have the 2.2GHz quad-core. And plan on upgrading the RAM to either 8 or 16GB. What gives the MB the speed? The processor or the RAM? I'm not that good with computer specs :p
     
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    I don't need it that bad lol
     
  12. RoofMonkey

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    I would just bank the $$$ for something I may really need in the future.
     
  13. IllusionEntity

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    How about an upgrade to 8GB? It is quite cheap. Worth it?
     
  14. Lon

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    If you are intent on upgrading, I went from 2GB to 8GB on my Mac mini 2011 (2.3 GHz Dual-Core i5) for $45 US. That is more memory than most would ever need and the value is tough to beat. More memory than that gets really pricey.
     
  15. IllusionEntity

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    See I'm looking at an 8GB upgrade as it is £37.95 in the UK. But a 16GB upgrade is £459.99.

    I don't get why the prices soars for the extra 8GB more...?
     
  16. Lon

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    Neither do I. But it is what it is, and I don't see any substantial return for such a high price difference.
     
  17. iphonewarrior

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    Dave, to be perfectly honest you're so indecisive it's untrue. For what you're going to be doing you don't even need to upgrade your RAM. But, if you want to upgrade then 8Gb's is more than enough. Trust me.
     
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    John is right. You'll see next to no increase in performance with everyday computing tasks with 16 gigs over 8 gigs. Save your money.

    It goes back to the specs numbers fallacy. More is not always better.
     
  19. IllusionEntity

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    I'm not indecisive at all. I'm just wondering about the difference in the price.
     
  20. iphonewarrior

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    It's easy math, spend less than £50 and you'll have a noticeably quicker machine Or spend a stupid amount of money on RAM that you don't need.
     

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