Need Advice On MacBook Purchase

Dead_Head

New Member
Hello LUG - I'm about to purchase a new MacBook Pro. My primary applications will be Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro. I am looking at the 16 inch version of the MacBook which comes standard with 16 GB of DDR4 memory. Is this enough memory to run the latest version of Logic? Has anyone found that they needed more than this? Thanks for your input.
 

Markdvc

Administrator
Staff member
The amount or RAM you need depends very much on how you work in logic, 16 GB may be OK for you. If however you make extensive use of sample libraries, I can only give the usual advice: Get as much RAM as you can possibly afford, you won't regret it. Unfortunately, as the RAM is soldered onto the mainboard, you have to commit to the amount of RAM you will ever have when making your purchase, a potential disadvantage of the Mac Book Pro compared to other Macs where RAM is user upgradeable.

kind regards

Mark
 

Dead_Head

New Member
Thanks for the reply Mark. What you say agrees with what I've heard, except for one detail. Yesterday, I was talking to an Apple sales rep who claimed that more RAM could be added down the line. She even gave me the name of the company that could do it. She recommended that I wait until after a year beyond the purchase date because the 1 year hardware warranty would be voided if I did it before then.
 

Markdvc

Administrator
Staff member
I expect that it is indeed possible to remove and replace RAM, but first of all, as you say, that will invalidate the warranty, secondly, soldering on a modern mainboard is IMO definitely not for the faint hearted. If you were to consider doing this, it might be prudent to first of all ask the company providing the service what they are prepared to do if it goes wrong....

regards

Mark
 

Dead_Head

New Member
Mark - turns out I was given bad advice by the first Apple sales rep I spoke with. After double checking the info she gave me, I discovered that she was 'inaccurate' on several counts. I called back the next day and spoke to someone more knowledgeable. He confirmed what you said. You don't mess around with the ram on a laptop. Ram can be added after the fact on an iMac, but not a PowerBook. So I took your advice and configured the laptop with max ram - 64gb. Also got the high end graphics card and processor. Will arrive in about a week. Thanks for your help.
 
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