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16 vs. 32 GB RAM Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pKallv, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. pKallv

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    Are about to purchase a new MacBook Pro and I know that 32 GB is better than 16 MB. My question is if it is worth the extra cost for 32 GB?

    I use the following "heavy" applications: Unity3d, Illustrator, Photoshop.
     
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  2. Metron

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    Well... I don't think you go very far even with 32MB... I'd rather go for a 16GB version. The "upgrade" price for a 32GB is far beyond current market prices for memory.
     
  3. orb

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    Unity will be the one eating the most RAM, but you'll manage just fine with 16GB. If you think you're going to be making a lot of orchestral music you can consider 32GB (and still be short).
     
  4. AndersMalmgren

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    Unity eats what it gets. I have 64 gig in my Workstation, when baking light Unity eats it all
     
  5. xVergilx

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    640kb is enough.
     
  6. newjerseyrunner

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    MacBooks have solid state drives so even virtual memory isn’t that’s slow. I’m perfectly fine waiting for the slow virtual memory once in a while when I have a ton of huge files open at once.

    That said, do you have access to a more powerful machine for baking? I’ve been baking my lights on minimal settings but plan to ramp it up before release by borrowing a mega server from work.
     
  7. ShilohGames

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    I love SSD drives. They are massively faster than old school hard drives. But even the best SSD drives are very slow compared to RAM. If you have a task that needs a lot of RAM, it is best to install a lot of RAM instead of relying on virtual memory.
     
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  8. Joe-Censored

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    Ummm.... The MacBook Pro has never had a model with lower than 1GB of memory...... 32MB would have been nearly a decade earlier..... :p
     
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  9. zombiegorilla

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    On current MBPs, memory is not upgradable. It is soldered to the board. Get the max, because you can’t change your mind later.
     
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  10. pKallv

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    good point