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Old Jan 3rd, 2010, 12:19 PM   #1
 
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Any application that truly benefits from 8GB ram?

Any application that truly benefits from 8GB ram or is the 8GB ram more for running multiple applications at the same time?

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Old Jan 3rd, 2010, 12:25 PM   #2
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I don't think any particular program is going to use that much RAM. I've got 8GB, purely for multitasking and gaming (makes it easier to switch out of a game to answer an email, etc).
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Old Jan 3rd, 2010, 12:30 PM   #3
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What he said.

It is not so much about the benefit for single apps. It is about reducing the number of 'page outs' to 'virtual' memory (read hard drive space). Hard drive speed is at least an order of magnitude slower than RAM speed (probably more). Whenever your machine has to shuffle something off to the drive to make room in RAM it bogs down, relatively speaking, from RAM speed to hard disk speed.....
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Final Cut with uncompressed HD content loves the RAM. 4GB min is recommended. 8GB+ is gravy.
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Thanks for all the answers.

Does anyone have any recommendation of where I should buy ram and which brand?

I could buy it from the Apple Store but then I found a website that sells Apple ram for about the same price or cheaper depending on brand.

Not sure what brand Apple uses in their Macbook Pros and whether other brands are better or worse.

For Example:
Canada RAM sells memory in Canada - Apple MacBook Pro Intel CoreDuo and Core2Duo Santa Rosa and Penryn

Kingston KTA-MB1066K2/8G In Stock QC * $883
Certified 50223x2 In Stock * $532
Mushkin 976644A $639

Apple sells it for around $660 if you purchase it with a new Macbook pro or $880 after you purchased a Macbook Pro.

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Old Jan 3rd, 2010, 01:58 PM   #6
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Does anyone have any recommendation of where I should buy ram and which brand?
Loyalty - to both Canada and ehMac - and experience insist that I say CanadaRAM. I've never had a problem with them. I just call them up and tell them what I need/want. A few days later it shows up at my Post Office..... No problems.
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As it happens, CanadaRAM is local to me (but of course they ship across the country). I've dealt with many RAM dealers in several countries. CanadaRAM's people and dedication to the customer is extremely impressive, and they are often the lowest or close to it on RAM (they sell other stuff too). They really KNOW the ins and outs of Mac RAM as well, so even if they weren't local, I would usually buy from them. Those qualities are worth supporting, IMHO.
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Old Dec 30th, 2010, 02:38 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the answers.

Does anyone have any recommendation of where I should buy ram and which brand?

I could buy it from the Apple Store but then I found a website that sells Apple ram for about the same price or cheaper depending on brand.

Not sure what brand Apple uses in their Macbook Pros and whether other brands are better or worse.

For Example:
Canada RAM sells memory in Canada - Apple MacBook Pro Intel CoreDuo and Core2Duo Santa Rosa and Penryn

Kingston KTA-MB1066K2/8G In Stock QC * $883
Certified 50223x2 In Stock * $532
Mushkin 976644A $639

Apple sells it for around $660 if you purchase it with a new Macbook pro or $880 after you purchased a Macbook Pro.

Thoughts?
Incredible how much prices have dropped. That Kingston is roughly $130 and Mushkin $154 now. Less than a year!
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Old Dec 30th, 2010, 02:46 PM   #9
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Any application that truly benefits from 8GB ram or is the 8GB ram more for running multiple applications at the same time?

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Individually apps may not benefit from much more RAM than this but if you are multitasking, your whole system benefits from having more than 8GB if you are ruining a few power hungry apps at once.
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Old Dec 30th, 2010, 03:40 PM   #10
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I use VMWare Fusion quite a bit and when you have a few machines going, it gobbles up RAM right quick.
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