Currently Being ModeratedOct 24, 2013 5:16 AM (in response to mascherano16)
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2013 2:42 PM (in response to OGELTHORPE)
I'm facing a similar dilemma. The 8gb/225gb configuration is the very top of my budget (I'm going to wait on AppleCare) but i would hate to look back two years from now and regret not having spent the extra $200. My computing needs are routine (Office and various web based applications simultaneously) except for needing to run Parallels Desktop. 8gb or 16gb?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2013 3:18 PM (in response to Baruti)
My advice essentially remains the same, if the bank account permits, then purchase it. But with SSD storage, more than 8 GB RAM offers small rewards. It is my observation that most users get unnecessarily obsessed by numbers (specifications) than what is warranted. The base model of any MBP will more tha satisfy the needs of the overwhelming amount of users.
When one purchases a car, does one really need the V8 rather than the V6? Both will get you to your destination and rarely will the V8 have the opportunity to be driven to its extreme.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2013 3:24 PM (in response to mascherano16)
RAM is mainly for multitasking and performance. Are you video rendering? If so make sure you have a graphics card in your new MacBook Pro Retina. Personally I would choose 16GB as you seem to need to use some fairly demanding programs. Do not forget though, if in the future you want to upgrade your RAM, it IS still possible. So your 2 options are
1. Choose 16GB and enjoy the maximum performance of your new Mac.
2. Or stick with the stock 8GB and if you need more upgrade through Apple.
Hope this helps you decide.
If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to ask?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 30, 2013 6:34 PM (in response to bijanfromGBR)
Er...as I understand it, it is NOT possible to upgrade the RAM on the RMBP, as it is soldered on...so you are stuck with whatever you order. In my experience, more RAM=longer computer life, especially when you consider that there may be several new versions of OSX over the life of your computer, plus new applications and application versions.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 2, 2013 4:37 PM (in response to mascherano16)
Have a look at this Macworld test from last May, especially the Photoshop test: http://www.macworld.com/article/2034655/lab-tested-the-ramifications-of-addition al-memory-on-a-mac.html
It might also be helpful to look at the AnandTech site, which has comprehensive reviews of the earlier versions of the computer you are considering and is likely to have a review of the latest MacBooks within a week or so: http://anandtech.com
While I understand your preference for the 13" form factor, the advantage of the quad core processor in the 15" is not insignificant. I assume that you will be able to use the 13" with an external display. If not, I think that you may find the 13" screen smaller than desired for the kind of work you have in mind.
CheersIPad, iOS 4, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Currently Being ModeratedNov 3, 2013 1:39 AM (in response to rredge)
Thanks mate, interesting website that I'll definitly take a look at.
I eventually went for the 16GB of ram. And i'm expecting to get it delivered this week.
Yes indeed I will be able to hook up an external dispay to my macbook
Thanks for the help!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 3, 2013 2:01 AM (in response to mascherano16)
Athough 8GB is enough and 16B is overkill now, not so a few years down the road.
RAM is faster than a SSD, allows more programs to be run fast at the same time, less extra memory swapping to the slower SSD (but not as slow as hard drives)
16GB will assist greatly in the resale value when later on programs are requiring tons of RAM because they are feature bloated.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 20, 2013 9:51 PM (in response to bijanfromGBR)
With all due respect bijanfromGBR, as I was researching newest macbooks pro with retina,
There is no option to upgrade anything after purchase no ram, ssd or proc.
Therefore Mascherano16 I would make sure to purchase the top budget mac whatever money allows as in macs more you spend innitialy the longer your machine will stay on top in a "speed game".
I found myself settling on 13" Retina $1499 as I figured I will want to upgrade in a few years solely based on fact that tech evolves in light years speed nowadays but macs hold value,
so this mac will be good investment for future upgrades since Ebay will help me sell it when I'm ready.
16GB upgrade would be nice feature but by the time you will really see benefits of this upgrade you should sell it and get new one, WHY?
well typically laptops drop in price every few years but are getting faster to keep up with software developement
therefore when i need 16GB i can still get a buck for my 2013 model and get the one thats hot at that time.
hope it helps.