I'll be replacing my Retina MacBook Pro with an iMac in the coming weeks as I'm at my desk about 75% of the time. I think I'll be better off with an iMac and getting a MacBook Air down the line, but until then I have a tablet for mobile use.
I went for the full 16 GB of memory on my Retina Pro, but I'm not sure I want to do the same on a new iMac because of the fusion drive upgrade. Choosing between the fusion drive or getting 16 GB of RAM is a no-brainer; I can afford both, but would I really need to?
I'll get by fine with 8 GB on my everyday usage and even when gaming, I think. I do, on occasion, record my gameplay or make videos with the camera then crunch it at 480p through iMovie before uploading. Will 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 get through all this OK?
Answer by mutley2209 · Dec 21, 2012 at 08:16 AM
thing is, the 21.5 inch model can have it's memory upgraded it's just you have to take it apart to get at the memory which is just plain stupid when they managed to make it accessible on the 27 inch model. I wouldn't feel safe doing something like that myself and i don't know anyone who could, there is an Apple stormfront store in my town but i doubt they'd be willing to do something like that.
If i were however to go for the base model with just the upgraded 16GB memory, how would that stand up to video recording and gaming without the fusion drive, a slightly slower i5 Quad core and slightly less powerful graphics card
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