Long-Overdue Memory Upgrade

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!

Published on Thursday, 31 January, 2013.