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    section31
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    768MB RAM Vs 1.25 Gigs RAM?
    Does anyone happen to have links to benchmarks with 768 MB of ram vs .25 gigs?

    I just bought the new 12" powerbooks but am definitely buying at least another stick of 512MB however I have to see a noticeable difference to justify the extra 300 dollars. I'm not familiar with the way OS X handles memory on the OS level and how efficient it is.

    The most intensive app that I'll run is Reason 2.5 for music production but that won't be the majority of the time.

    I know many say the more the better but I just don't want to mindlessly buy memory especially at that price.

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    TylerMoney
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    are you buying ram from apple? if so, that's a bad idea. one 512 stick of rame shouldn't be 300 bucks....closer to half that...if that even...I have a 12" 1ghz pb w/ 768mb ram...and my stick only cost...somewhere between 120-140......I think..possibly less.....also it is good memmory with a lifetime warranty..I got corsair....

    so unless memmory prices have gone up a whole lot....300 bucks is too much.

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    section31
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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerMoney
    are you buying ram from apple? if so, that's a bad idea. one 512 stick of rame shouldn't be 300 bucks....closer to half that...if that even...I have a 12" 1ghz pb w/ 768mb ram...and my stick only cost...somewhere between 120-140......I think..possibly less.....also it is good memmory with a lifetime warranty..I got corsair....

    so unless memmory prices have gone up a whole lot....300 bucks is too much.
    No, I wouldn't buy memory from Apple since their prices are way overpriced. I've built my own PCs forever so I'm always price comparing but I do tend to buy RAM (and most components) from the more reputable companies (with warranties) and memory module makers rather than a no-name brand (just for piece of mind.

    When I said "extra 300 dollars" I meant the extra 300 dollars to buy a 1-gig stick rather than a 512MB stick. That's according to what I saw on Crucial.com yesterday.

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    IMHO.. Well when I ran reason w/ 512 it was running pretty good; only had like 5 tracks. I mean there wasn't a very noticeable slowness.. however when i run photoshop it runs very sluggish. But you know I think that getting a 512 will probably be enough but the 1 gig will sure satisfy your memory hunger; and well i'm pretty sure you'll need it for reason if your going to use like 20 different tracks. If not, then 512 should be enough...

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    TylerMoney
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    oh, a 1gig stick, that sounds about right then..I thought you were just talking about a 512 stick...

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    section31
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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerMoney
    oh, a 1gig stick, that sounds about right then..I thought you were just talking about a 512 stick...
    np, Thanks tyler and eypuff. I'm still undecided but will make a decision by tomorrow and just order the RAM. I'm kinda thinking about just getting the 1gig stick so I won't worry about getting more RAM in the future.

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    I agree with the 1 gig stick cause I think it's best to load each RAM slot to its max - no wasting sticks in upgrades

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    Wow! Memory is really expensive in the states... glad i don't live there! In Hong Kong, i only paid $1000 (HK Dollars) thats less than $150 bucks for you guys for 1Gb stick of Samsung Branded (PCB and Chips) memory module.

    For peace of mind and for PowerUsers, 1.25 GB should be more then enough for most tasks... But if your powerbook is your 'main' or only system, upgrading to 1.5Gb isn't such a bad idea, unless prices of RAM drops drastically and if your thinking of upgrading to the max! I would check first to see your application supports the extra memory, as I discovered Adobe Photoshop CS only sees the first 2Gb. Then again, my G5's never short of ram!

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    section31
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    Well, I went ahead and ordered the 1 gig stick. I figured that I wouldn't worry about upgrading the memory for the life of the powerbook.

    I'm curious to see how much things will change in doing daily activities in addition to memory intensive apps.

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    RAM is the single best performance improving component

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    lar5one
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    I use Reason every day on my PB (see sig for details) and I never have any problems. I max out the tracks and use a lot of samples. I will definitively opt for 1gb ram at some point, but so far everything´s butter

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    section31
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    Well, I went ahead and just bought the 1 Gig stick. I figure I'll just go ahead and do it all at once so I don't have to worry about it later down the road. Hopefully there will be some noticeable difference (or else I'll have to pretend it's there to justify the cost).

    lar5one: what kind of music are you producing with Reason? I'm a total beginner but wanted to hear some tracks if you have them posted and available for download.

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    Just hope Apple don't change the memory type in their next revision of Powerbook too much... i hate to 'dump' the ram!

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    fiz
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    Doesn't the 12" Powerbook only have one slot?

    The 512mb stick at Crucial is $129.99, btw.

    Man, I wish I had that option -- I can't afford to go past my defautl 256 mb

    My Powerbook has yet to arrive, but is it going to choke on Photoshop, then?

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    TylerMoney
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    yes, the 12" only has one slot...so it's max compacity is 1.25....which is a lot of ram.....

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