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  1. #1
    mblackshaw
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    Is 512mb RAM sufficent?
    Hey,

    I'm off to uni next year and need a laptop... I've decided to go Apple.

    I'll only be using the machine for email/web/word/excel.

    Do you think 512mb RAM is sufficent or is it worth the $360 for 1GB?

    Is the performance boost that noticable?

    Thanks.

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    If thats all you are using you will be perfectly fine with 512

    I had 512 in my powerbook up until about a month ago but I switched into more Photoshop/iDVD/iMovie which requires more memory

    My 867 was fine with 512 and the new powerbooks have almost double the processor so if I was you I would go for 512
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    Orange
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    how is 256 for the 1ghz ibook.... not gonna do stuff like photoshop or video processing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orange
    how is 256 for the 1ghz ibook.... not gonna do stuff like photoshop or video processing..
    With no photoshop etc that will work

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    I found 512MB to be insufficient even for daily use. I just upgraded to 768MB today, and so far so good. Things are a tad faster, and my pageouts have dropped to zero.

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    TylerMoney
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    512 is not insufficient for daily work unless you're insane...and I would imagine that that person doesn't really use the everday daily work that the majority of the world may use (Osiris22X - I really mean nothing by this...I just don't understand you not having sufficiency with daily use of internet and what not....I used my powerbook for a week before I upgraded the ram...and found it more than enough, and I was using photoshope with 256...now photoshop was a bit sluggish..but definelty not e-mail or web browsing...maybe you just have crazy hight standards, that I just can't comprehend...though I have used some damn fast computers).....that's all.

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    LOL

    Okay, okay. Let me be more realistic here. The fact is...I used my Powerbook for weeks with only 256 MB of RAM and it ran just dandy. I went up to 512 MB and it ran a little better. But one day I checked my virtual memory and it was still paging out like mad. So I recently upgraded to 768 MB of RAM, and now my Mac is happy.

    The fact is though, the built-in 256 MB is sufficient for daily use (hence why Apple chose that amount), so obviously 512 MB is going to be enough for basic use.

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    nicholas
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    256MB or even 512MB is sufficient, yes, but you're going to have to be willing to sit through a little wait time while a 2nd or 3rd or 4th application open up and load.

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    MacHat
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    I'm new to powerbooks(3 days). I got 512 in mine and noticed that if you change the power settings you can speed up the cpu alot. Photoshop runs fine, but I havn't messed around w/ imovie yet. We use 512RAM in our digital photolab on the g4's and don't have a problem.

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