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Old Oct 27th, 2008, 09:23 AM   #1
 
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Do I need 4GB of Ram on a macbook pro

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So I made the upgrade from my 2.4 macbook to a 2.4 refurbished Macbook Pro. I'm very happy with the switch after reading some comments here on the forums.
For the macbook pro owners, did many of you upgrade to 4 GB of Ram? I mainly upgraded as I do a lot of work with Raw files in Aperture and Adobe Photoshop CS3 and found the macbook I had was too slow. (i had 2GB of Ram on my macbook).
I did some of the same work on my macbook pro and the speed in rendering was faster than my macbook. Will an extra 2 Gig of Ram, increase the speed significantly enough. I'm assuming that the 256 dedicated memory in the macbook pro handles alot of the rendering processes.
Any thoughts?
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Old Oct 27th, 2008, 09:42 AM   #2
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RAM is cheap, more RAM is almost always better than less RAM, just buy it, your system will perform better across the board.
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Old Oct 27th, 2008, 09:47 AM   #3
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RAM is cheap, more RAM is almost always better than less RAM, just buy it, your system will perform better across the board.
I second that notion! I always max out the RAM on my new macs ASAP.
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I upgraded from 2GB to 4 GB on my MB. I must confess that I have not noticed a difference...... but I won't be getting rid of the extra 2GB. It must help when editing video..... or photographs...
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Aperture and Photoshop are both RAM hogs (PS can use up to 3 GB for itself) so 4 GB will be beneficial.
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Old Oct 27th, 2008, 11:34 AM   #6
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I upgraded the RAM on my MBP, but admit that I did it primarily because I have to use both the MacOSX and Windows XP Pro at the same time at work and really needed both systems to run smoothly. I did notice both working much more quickly after upgrading the RAM.
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Anyone have any lines on good prices for 4GB of RAM for the new MBP??
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Old Oct 27th, 2008, 01:13 PM   #8
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Anyone have any lines on good prices for 4GB of RAM for the new MBP??
This seems like as good of a deal as any. I think you can also pricematch with bestbuy

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Check how much memory you are using after you have used your Macbook Pro for a long while doing what you normally do (or more). You can do this in activity monitor I believe. If you have alot of pageouts, then more memory will likely help.

Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor

Of course my Macbook Pro 2.53 came with the RAM maxed out at 4GB so I don't have to ask if I need more RAM.
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This seems like as good of a deal as any. I think you can also pricematch with bestbuy

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That link won't do him any good as he is looking for RAM for the new macbook pros which uses DDR3, much more expensive stuff. Best prices i have seen are over at canadaram.com
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