Mountain Lion is doodoo on 2GB RAM, what should I upgrade to?

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  1. tipoo

    tipoo Senior member

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    So ML is really terrible on on 2GB RAM, should I go 4 or 8? Or 5, but that would be asynchronous and I think that would break dual channel? I'm happy with 4GB in Windows 8 but I'm not sure if ML handles differently (I was surprised how much heavier it feels than Windows). It's the last white macbook (c2d 2.4/320m).

    If I did get a 4GB stick and went 5GB, would losing dual channel make anything significantly slower? This is for a med student, nothing heavy like programming or graphics work but she does multitask a lot.
     
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  3. PCTC2

    PCTC2 Diamond Member

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    Your MacBook officially only supports 4GB but people have been able to bump to 8GB. I'm not sure how well NVIDIA chipsets handle mis-matched DIMM sizes. Intel has Flex Mode which does have much of a performance hit anymore at all. I doubt you'd notice anything.

    I would say, jump to 6GB (2+4GB) or 8GB.

    As a word of advice, stay away from Kingston. Kingston + Mac has always been finicky (I've never tried any Kingston memory that was designated "Mac", though). I worked in a Authorized Apple Service Provider shop for 4 years and every non-Mac Kingston stick had issues. Stick to Crucial and some Corsair. We officially used Crucial for everything (reliability might not be the best, but it worked).
     
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    Kaido Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord

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    Using 10.8 and 4GB pretty happily. I have an SSD though. I'd go to 8 if you can, just because it's cheap.
     
  6. Eug

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    4 GB would be fine, but 8 GB is cheap.

    2 x 4 GB Crucial can be had for under 40 bucks. You'd only save about $15 by going with 2 x 2 GB.
     
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    See my expense signature below… :)
     
  8. midwestfisherman

    midwestfisherman Diamond Member

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    Memory is cheap. Max it out.
     
  9. boomhower

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    8GB and SSD for me, it flies.
     
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    Compman55 Golden Member

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    ARE YOU NUTS???

    8GB is so cheap it is hardly a mind thought. My October 2009 mini came alive with 8GB and I would never look back. I used the cheap g.skill off newegg and it tested and worked flawless right off the bat. Its been in for over 2 yrs and no issues.

    An SSD like a samsung 830 series is also an awsome upgrade. It is tried and true.
     
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    xx0xx Junior Member

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    I second the Samsung 830 + 8GB RAM upgrade. Can't go wrong there.

    Using G.Skill here with no issues.