4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2012 1:36 PM by Pancenter
Mbelekete Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello

 

I'm considering the purchase of a MBP Retina, on which it's impossible to add RAM. I have been working with a MBP 17" with 4 GB and had no reason to add more since I hadn't switched to 64bit yet. I thought that the 64bit version would give me access to as much RAM as I wanted, but the guy in the shop, a certfied Logic Pro specialist, tells me that it's not true, that the 64bit version has access to 8 GB RAM max, and thus that instead of ordering a MBP with 16 GB which would come in 3 weeks I might as well get the 8 GB version which is available now. . Who's right ? And are there other reasons for me to get more than 8 GB ?

 

Thanks !


Logic Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • CCTM Level 6 Level 6 (9,810 points)

    Mbelekete wrote:

     

    Hello

     

    I thought that the 64bit version would give me access to as much RAM as I wanted,

     

    Hi

     

    Not 'exactly' "as much RAM as I wanted", but enough so that you don't need to worry about it.

     

     

    Mbelekete wrote:

     

     

     

    the guy in the shop, a certfied Logic Pro specialist, tells me that it's not true, that the 64bit version has access to 8 GB RAM max,

    Wrong. Logic in 64bit can access as much RAM as you can fit in any Mac right now... and more.

     

    Your main issue is that it is impossible to upgrade the RAM on a Retina MBP after you have purchased it, so if you decide that 8G will be enough, rather than 16G, you will have to live with that for the life of the machine.

     

    8G is good, 16G is better (or likely will be in the future.

     

     

    HTH

     

    CCT

  • Mike Connelly Level 4 Level 4 (1,785 points)

    Logic can definitely use the ram.  Whether you'll need that much depends on what you're doing with it, big third party libraries for Kontakt and other samplers can use tens of gigs.  If it were me I'd definitely max the ram out since you can't add more later.

  • SmokenSound Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Logic itself not using much memory and 8GB should be more than enough! But there's some software instruments like Native Instruments Kontakt that can fill up all your memory fast ) Im producing music and i can say that almost every project i made fill my 8GB to the top so i notice Page Outs in iStat menus. But since there is SSD in retina - page outs (writing to disk, when memory is full) not slowing process too much but still) My advice is 16GB anyway )

  • Pancenter Level 6 Level 6 (8,670 points)

    The sales person was trying to sell you what they had in store, quick commission...a bit slimy.