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Default 10v 1GB RAM fine? - 12-26-2009, 10:54 PM

Picking a 10v up soon.
How does it run with the standard 1GB RAM on Snow Leopard? Smooth?

I will have running (permanently) Safari, Mail, iCal & Tweetie.
Will this be no problem for my 1GB?

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Default 12-26-2009, 11:08 PM

Seems to work fine w/ just 1GB. Mine & my wife's were both just 1GB for quite a while. When I "decommissioned" my Mini9, I put the 2GB stick from it in my Mini10v (which is not exceedingly difficult, but is nevertheless not a menial task either).

I can't say that I see a big speed bump in it w/ 2GB instead of 1GB. I just use it for Mail, web surfing, Skyping, occasional word processing & some pdf tinkering. Perhaps some apps would feel the benefit from the 2GB upgrade... but mine didn't seem to make that much of a difference.

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Default 12-26-2009, 11:12 PM

Should be fine. I've used a 10v with 1 gig of RAM (not mine) and it was fine.

I had an iBook G3 with 768 megs (since given away) and its processor was only 1.2 GHz and it seemed fine too.
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Default 12-27-2009, 01:14 AM

Thank you guys.
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Default 12-27-2009, 07:06 AM

On most Apple Macs, 2GB is the sweet spot for Leopard/Snow Leopard. But those computers have larger screens and are therefore more appropriate for applications that tend to devour RAM. For netbook applications -- Mail, Safari, TextEdit, and the occasional iPhoto, 1GB should generally do the trick.

BTW, an iBook G3 is a bit of an apples/orange comparison: different processor, architecture, and underlying OS. Intel Macs running OSX really require 1GB as their point of departure.

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Default 12-27-2009, 11:31 AM

I have 2GB in mine, but I only did that because I like fiddling with these kind of things. I don't think it's necessary at all.

I occasionally run VMWare Fusion and XP, and I guess in those cases, the extra RAM must help. I find that the processor is the bottleneck not RAM.

I noticed that copying a 3GB file over Ethernet today used about 50% CPU just to copy the file! RAM wouldn't have helped here.

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Default 12-27-2009, 01:21 PM

All gold, thank you guys.
I'm real excited, picking mine up tomorrow!
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Default 12-27-2009, 11:01 PM

Just got my 10v for Christmas and I installed a 2GB RAM stick before I went forward with the Snow Leopard install. Can't say how it ran with 1GB on Snow Leopard, but I am extremely surprised at how quick this machine is with SL and 2GB of RAM. Enjoy your new toy!!
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Default 12-28-2009, 02:38 PM

I've been running with 1GB of RAM (the costs on a 2 GB stick seem unnecessarily high right now) and it has been great. I generally run:

*8-10 safari tabs - including gmail

I have found it to be very responsive, much more so than my G4 mac mini with 1GB of RAM. I will probably upgrade in the future, since i plan to run mysql and apache on there full time, but in the mean time, I haven't seen any need.

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