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Is it worth getting 16GB RAM instead of 8 with a new 2012 iMac?

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Post time: 2013-01-22 20:46:46 |Show all posts
I'm about to upgrade to a new Imac from my old 2007 2.4Ghz, 2GB RAM model. I'm getting the 1TB Fusion Drive and 3.1Ghz Quad Core I7, but am not sure whether there is any point upgrading to 16GB RAM instead of 8GB. I frequently use Final Cut Pro X and would happily pay extra if it will deliver superier performance with that App. I've heard the extra RAM would only be of value if I run multiple Apps at the same time.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can give an informed opinion.

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Post time: 2013-01-23 03:23:37 |Show all posts
Hey there AceRooboy! I have just got the 21.5" new iMac. My dad works in IT and he asked some of the mac experts their opinion, as I was choosing between upgrading the RAM or the Processor. They all said RAM!
a doubt  without a doubt!

Here you can see my RAM Usage on the same mac you are going to be getting. I have only a few things running, and it is already using 4GB. If I was watching videos, playing music or other games then it really would be needing more than 8GB. That's why I went for 16GB! Especially seeing as you cannot upgrade it yourself.

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Post time: 2013-01-23 02:13:12 |Show all posts
Thankyou both very much for your advice; it is clear to me now that it's worth investing in the extra RAM. Merry Christmas!

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Post time: 2013-01-23 00:15:00 |Show all posts
While you might get by just fine on 8GB, go for the full 16GB that way you will not come up short in the future and have to pay for another upgrade.
For example: My 2010 has 8GB and as you can see by the following screenshot, I'm using over half and I don't run any Pro App's like Final Cut.

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Post time: 2013-01-22 22:37:41 |Show all posts
With the Fusion Drive it will matter less due to the speed of the drive when using Virtual Memory, but as things go with every update, minimal RAM will soon not be enough.
8GB should be fine running one App, but 16 sort of future proofs you.

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