I never really understood why this question even needed to be asked. I mean when you consider the price you pay for even the cheapest MacBook Pro and then compare the cost of a RAM upgrade it makes no sense to me why when you buy a MacBook Pro you wouldn’t increase the MacBook Pro’s ram at the same time.
The Price of MacBook Pro Memory
An example. Let’s say you’re waiting for the new MacBook Pro to be released but you can’t wait – you need to buy a MacBook Pro today, so you go shopping for a deal and you find one. You manage to save almost $80 on a brand new Apple MacBook Pro. This means that compared to walking into the Apple Store you shopped online, found a better deal on a MacBook Pro than you could have got from Apple and you probably even qualified for free shipping too.
This leaves you with $79.00 in savings to do what with? Buy RAM for your MacBook Pro ! At the time I write this it costs about $40 or so for 8GB of RAM and if you shop around for 16GB you can get that too for not much more. But, for the sake of this article we’ll stick with the 8GB as this doubles your RAM without terminating your warranty. Apple currently only supports 8GB of RAM on the MBP’s so we’ll stop there for now.
This leaves you with another $30 to buy a MacBook Pro stand or a small MacBook Pro case for you new laptop.
Oh, the bonus is that you have enough RAM to do other stuff with. I’m writing this on a 2011 Apple Mac Mini (a birthday pressent) and the very first thing I did was upgrade my RAM. I’ve got a few windows open and iTunes running and I am using over the 4GB the Mac Mini already shipped with.
What happens when you don’t have enough memory? You use swap disk space which is exponentially slower and slows your system down considerably – so much so that any speed benefit you thought you may have by buying a fast MacBook Pro could be negated when the swap disk kicks in.
MacBook Pro ram is not the cheapest it’s ever been, but close (It was down close to $30 for 8GB earlier this year), but even at the slightly higher ram prices for Apple MacBook Pro, upgrading the RAM is the biggest bargain in computing today.