View Full Version : How Much Ram?

24th April 2005, 08:59 PM
going to get a powerbook soon, but not sure how much ram i will need.

i currently have a g3 ibook with 512mb, and things can seem a bit sluggish at times.

im thinking about getting 758mb with the powrbook, is this enough?

24th April 2005, 09:01 PM
I think 512mbs of RAM is plenty, but if I had some extra cash 768mbs would be max, getting a gig of ram, is exessive!

24th April 2005, 09:31 PM
How much RAM you need really depends on what you intend to use it for. If it's just office applications, iTunes, iPhoto, surfing, email, etc. then 512 would be fine. If you want to use RAM-hungry apps like any of the Adobe CS apps, Final Cut, iMovie, Garage Band, etc. then I suggest you get as much RAM as you can afford. Get it 3rd party though as Apple charge far too much for RAM.

24th April 2005, 10:00 PM
OS X will be at its happiest with 1gb or higher.
it should be fine with anything above 512mb though.
the slowness your experiencing is probably more cpu related

24th April 2005, 10:15 PM
With the price of RAM as low as it is there's not much point skimping on it. I regularly use 600-700Mb of memory when doing normal tasks (GarageBand, Safari, Mail, iTunes, NewsFire running simultaneously). Any excess RAM will be used by the OS to cache previously-opened files on your hard drive, making it even faster.

I have 1Gb in my PowerBook, and when I finally get my PowerMac I'll be installing at least another 2Gb straight off the bat.

25th April 2005, 08:17 AM
Go for broke, chuck a GB in there.

G3 Powerbooks are sluggish because of slow CPU, graphics chipsets that can't support Quartz Extreme leaving the CPU do do all the graphics processing, and slow HD.

25th April 2005, 10:06 AM
I can honestly say that 768MB DDR ram runs sweet in my 12" powerbook. Even the 512MB DDR in my Dad's 17" runs sweet. 1GB would be nice - but for now I do not need it ;)

Hope that helps!

25th April 2005, 10:13 AM
i have 768 in my iBook but i am getting 512 in the pBook... it runs great :)