I have just performed a long-overdue RAM upgrade on my mid-2009 MacBook Pro 17″.
When I ordered it in mid-2009, I ordered it equipped with 4GB of RAM (2 x 2GB DIMMs). At the time, equipping it with its maximum of 8GB was considerably expensive.
Three and a half years later, I have doubled my Mac’s RAM from 4GB to 8GB.
The upgrade is something I have had buried in the back of my mind for a few years, but I never took affirmative steps until yesterday while I was engaging in some hi-tech retail therapy. I called into the Apple Store in the city and during my visit I enquired about RAM.
Naturally, the Apple-branded memory was expensive, but the staffer recommended I order generic RAM online.
I did some reearch this morning, and headed out to purchase a pair of 4GB RAM modules. For the very inexpensive sum of around $62, I have given my three-and-a-half-year-old Mac a new lease on life.
I am already seeing a much faster response from applications. While I have not processed any images in Photoshop yet, it sure loads faster, and I would expect I will be able to complete my work more quickly. With 4GB of RAM, saving 16-bit, multi-layered, half-gig-sized PSD files tended to take much longer than desirable.
Now the challenge is to go out and shoot some images!