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When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: November 24, 2018 09:29AM
Just curious if, these days with fast SSDs, is 8GB enough?

When you're shopping for a new Mac and have the option to get more RAM (for more money), do you opt for higher RAM? Or, is 8GB pretty good for daily, non-professional but multi-user, use? I'm guessing with the 2018 Macs, the super fast SSDs that they have may make up for any slowdowns that having only 8GB RAM may create.

Thoughts?



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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: dk62
Date: November 24, 2018 09:40AM
I don't know if it is enough or not, but I upgraded my iMac Retina to 16 immediately after buying it and now purchased the new mini with 16.
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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: November 24, 2018 09:45AM
Yes.
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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: November 24, 2018 10:36AM
16 minimum.



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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: November 24, 2018 11:05AM
Yes



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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 24, 2018 11:12AM
No.



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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: billb
Date: November 24, 2018 11:24AM
is 8GB pretty good for daily, non-professional but multi-user, use?

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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: November 24, 2018 11:33AM
This mid-2010 2.8GHz i7 iMac 27" running Version 10.13.6 (High Sierra) using 12GB on four slots (4, 4, 2, and 2) still feels quite zippy. I've replaced the DVD burner with a 512 GB SSD and replaced the internal hard drive with a 5TB version.

Barring any problems, I can see using this for a few more years.

At the time I thought this 12 GB was a massive amount of RAM. Would I see a speed increase by filling some of those memory slots with higher modules?

thanks, Todd's suddenly-feeling-cramped keyboard
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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: November 24, 2018 11:35AM
I would hesitate to pay Apple's price unless you don't have an upgrade option. Third party RAM here I come (OWC).

I have my late 2015 iMac maxed at 32 GB and feel comfortable for the next 5+ years (for my needs).

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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: Forrest
Date: November 24, 2018 11:46AM
8 GB is fine for home use, coupled with a large SSD.
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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: November 24, 2018 12:54PM
16GB in 2012 NR MBP & i5/3.4 fauxMacPro, both with SSD.
16GB in MacPro 5,1 with PCIe SSD



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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: testcase
Date: November 24, 2018 01:04PM
YES
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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 24, 2018 01:13PM
I just bought the 2017 MBA, 8 GB RAM, 512 SSD, i7 CPU. for my wife. Consumer. She has a good laptop at work for her computer vision job. At home just email, browsing, shopping. I hope 8 GB is enough.
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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 24, 2018 01:21PM
Yeah. I bought my 13" 2015 MBP with 16 GB of RAM because I knew that I would want to run Windows in a virtual machine.
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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 24, 2018 01:36PM
All of us old users have the "more ram!" mantra hammered into us so much its hard for us to forget. The "I need more ram, so my mac will be faster" saying -- which isnt how ram works.

All of us here have read about having older MBPs with good specs, but they still feel slow. Dropping in a SSD has made them like new.

These days, with the super fast flash in the MBs, the ram is less of a factor.



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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 24, 2018 02:35PM
I just use RAMDoubler.

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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 24, 2018 03:30PM
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I just use RAMDoubler.

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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: hal
Date: November 24, 2018 04:06PM
4GB for my bedside 2015 MBA is just fine - it doesn't do much other than play nice sounds, some music, some very light browsing (mostly email)

8GB for my 2013 MBP (that is WAY underutilized) and my TV 2014 mini (it plays movies and some heavier browsing.

24GB for my work 2014 iMac - maybe 16 would have been good enough, but I didn't want to upgrade twice - 24 seems to be just right for this one.
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Yes. And no.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 25, 2018 12:26PM
If there's an option to increase RAM later, I get as little as possible at initial purchase, and upgrade later.

If, as in the case of a 'Book, that's not possible, I max the memory, even in this day and age of SSDs.

Because they don't fix everything.

We are being equally by the mantra 'with SSDs, lots of RAM isn't needed'. Sometimes, for some users, that's true. For others, it's not.

More people won't need more RAM to do the same things they did a few years ago, because of SSDs. And occasionally (rarely) a company will refine their OS to be less memory intensive than the previous version.

For me, I will not own another computer with less than 16G, unless of course I can buy with less now and upgrade later. I get some beach balls on my 8G 2015 MB and slowdowns when memory is low. I shut down a couple apps and all it well, for awhile, even with light, though often lengthy use. A restart clears that up, but it's annoying.

Me— I know what it's like to have too little memory. It's easier having too much. I'll take 'too much' from now on.




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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: November 26, 2018 09:40AM
Interesting discussion, thanks for the replies.

I think the consensus seems to still be more is better.
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Re: When there's an option to get 16GB RAM (or more), do you?
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 26, 2018 11:45AM
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pinkoos
Interesting discussion, thanks for the replies.

I think the consensus seems to still be more is better.

Of course more is better... but necessary? Debatable.

Ive got 32 GB in my iMac, but Ive considered pulling it and trying with 8 GB just to see if I would notice. Probably, since im not a "basic" user, with 3 browsers (multiple windows/tabs), 5 adobe apps, mail and font managment running 24/7.



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