What is Mac RAM – Brief Intro
Your Mac RAM (Random Access Memory) is a very important element of your computers memory. The size and quality of your RAM memory controls how much data i.e. Applications and files, you can have open and up and running at the same time.
If you have a small RAM, for example 2GB, it will struggle to allow you to work on more than one or two heavy apps at the same time. Apps such as Adobe photoshop require a lot of memory. If your RAM is struggling to cope with the work load, you will notice it running slow, ignoring some of your commands and even freezing. If you have a sizeable amount of Mac RAM however, such as 4GB and above, you will be able to easily run several apps at the same time without them negatively effecting the performance and speed.
This is a very brief outline of what your Mac RAM is. If you would like to read a more in-depth explanation then feel free to check out our article…. ‘What is Mac RAM Memory’.
Mac RAM Size
While my vintage 2007 MacBook Pro came with a mediocre 2GB of RAM (and I felt it), the latest Mac models come with at least 4GB, growing to 8 and even 12GB.
While 4GB sounds like a massive improvement compared to the old machines, it is essential the RAM grows and moves upwards and onwards to cope with the bigger Apple OS X system updates. The standard 4GB is a great amount of RAM if you are just unsing your Mac for a hobby (browsing the internet, storing photos and music tracks etc) and writing work text documents. However, if you edit movies or large photographic files, you may find your Mac struggling to cope a little when you want several of these demanding Apps open at the same time.
Before we explore a Mac RAM upgrade, lets check out how much RAM your Mac has already….
How to Check Mac RAM Space
It is very easy to check how much RAM your Mac has. It doses not require a technician or opening up the back of your computer, simply popping along to your ‘About This Mac’….
1.) Open up your Apple Menu by clicking on the mini Apple Icon in the far left of your toolbar.
4.) The main ‘About This Mac’ will pop open. At the top is four tab option. Select the last one titled ‘Memory’.
5.) Finally you will be presented will the amount of RAM your Mac has. It will display the total Mac RAM i.e. 4GB and how this amount is made up, for example 2GB chips X2.
Mac Running slow?
If your Mac is running slow whenever you have more than one app open, there are two options we can explore…
Mac Cleaner – A Mac cleaner will free up your memory of old, unwanted and duplicate and trace files. Freeing up Disk Space can help keep the pressure off your RAM, keeping your Mac running fast and smooth. Find out more about how a Mac Cleaner can help you by checking our review article – ‘Best Mac Cleaner Software Comparison’.
If a deep Mac clean fails to restored your Macs signature snappy speed, than the next stop is to explore a Mac RAM upgrade.
RAM Upgrade – Mac RAM upgrades are very easy and surprisingly cheap to do. If you are feeling confident you can purchase the RAM chips yourself (I got mine second hand from Amazon.co.uk) and do the upgrade yourself. However if you have any doubts about opening your Mac up, then a Apple technician will be able to do it quickly for you.
How Much Can I Upgrade My Mac RAM By?
Every Mac has has a maximum amount of RAM is can take. My 2007 MacBook Pro could only be pimped from a 2GB to a 4GB, whereas my 2013 model can be upgrades from a 4GB to a 8GB.
To find out how much your Mac RAM can be upgraded by click here…
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