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catbert6
9th May 2007, 06:37 AM
Hi

I have a MBP C2D 2.16 Ghz 15" with one stick of 1 GB RAM.

Would adding another RAM improve performance noticeably, particularly when used for:

parallels with Windows XP (would think so);


video encoding (possibly not);


gaming (WoW, Civ 4)(?).

decryption
9th May 2007, 06:43 AM
Yes to all 3 :)

I don't buy a Mac with less than 2GB of RAM - I find using one with less then 2GB pretty pokey. But with 2GB of RAM, everything is hunky dory. With the price of RAM so cheap (you can get a 1GB chip for your computer for under $80 delivered), there's no reason not to go to 2GB.

BlowMeDown
9th May 2007, 07:06 AM
Definitely add the ram and if you can the more the better as far as I'm concerned. You will only benefit by having more ram.

madmacs
9th May 2007, 07:35 AM
Totally agree.

I have the same setup and after upgrading to 2G RAM, the overall system responsiveness is much improved, particularly with Parallels and Rosetta. I don't do benchmarks but the improvements are noticeable.

Get a 2G stick and have 3G in total. Prices have dropped so much that even the 2G chip is considered reasonable in price now... That's what I would have done if I hadn't get matching 2x1GB sticks.

Wish I could upgrade my built-in memory as easily and as cheaply as a computer....

harryb2448
9th May 2007, 08:30 AM
I asked same question about RAM some time ago now comparing a 100MHz bus speed G4 with a 133MHz bus. The 100MHz had four RAM slots compared to the 133's three. Mactalkers strongly suggested the 100 with 4 x 512MB RAM would be the fastest and it sure is.

For example the 100MHz bus system with 2GB RAM is much faster than the 133 with 1.5GB RAM at start up, running iphoto etc.

Mctastic
9th May 2007, 08:48 AM
yeah Harry. The 133 G4's you speak about
weren't significantly better than the 100mhz ones before, .. the last G4 range that ran DDR memory was the gem, if you can get your hands on a mirror door model, .. 4pc 2700 ram slots, .. 2 dvd/rom drive bays, . . space for at least 3 hard drives, Gigabit networking, u also had dual processor models & they could boot into OS9, radeon 9000 or GeForce4 Ti.... nice!

Linux_insidev2
9th May 2007, 09:54 AM
yeah Harry. The 133 G4's you speak about
weren't significantly better than the 100mhz ones before, .. the last G4 range that ran DDR memory was the gem, if you can get your hands on a mirror door model, .. 4pc 2700 ram slots, .. 2 dvd/rom drive bays, . . space for at least 3 hard drives, Gigabit networking, u also had dual processor models & they could boot into OS9, radeon 9000 or GeForce4 Ti.... nice!

/me goes to locate an MDD