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Authored by: leamanc on Apr 11, '12 12:04:34PM

While I find hints like this useful from a tech perspective, I believe what Kirk says is most appropriate to this discussion. RAM is very cheap these days, and if you can afford a new(ish) Mac, you can probably afford to max out the RAM too--not from Apple but a reputable third-party, of course! Only the 1% can afford to max out RAM from Apple!

But, back on track will never have need for this or the 'purge' command, or any of those memory-clearing apps from the App Store if you load up on RAM. And your system will run considerably faster on a day-to-day basis too. We live in a great time when RAM is really cheap, hard drives are incredibly spacious, processing power in sub-$1,000 systems beats workstations from 10 years ago, and solid-state drives are moderately affordable. Sink a little extra into your system and I can't see anyone needing to do little performance tweaks like this.

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Authored by: kirkmc on Apr 11, '12 01:17:03PM

What you say about the price of RAM is only partially true. I have 8 GB in my Mac mini; the maximum that I can have without going to expensive RAM sticks. And my MacBook Air is not upgradeable, and is limited to 4 GB.

I don't really have problems with RAM, given the type of work I do, except when I run Fusion, which ideally requires more than the 8 GB in my Mac mini.

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