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  • Mac Studio: 32GB or 64GB?

  • Ken Bennett

    May 19, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Upgrading from my iMac 27 with 32GB mem. to a new Mac Studio. Is the $400 upgrade from 32GB to 64GB worth it? Pros and cons for having 64GB?


  • Kirk Pitts

    May 20, 2022 at 12:14 am

    I am interested in the answers to this also. I am thinking about the gpu upgrade also. Are you, Ken?

  • Ken Bennett

    May 20, 2022 at 12:28 am

    No. I’m OK with the M1 Max. But I’m getting it with a 2TB SSD. Just trying to justify upgrading to 64GB.

  • W thomas Leroux

    May 20, 2022 at 1:10 am

    It depends how you use your Mac, to be honest. Most “regular” users won’t eat up all the ram. That said, if you’re running a tonne of software, browser tabs, and other apps at the same time, the more ram the better. If you’re using Motion, it can chew up memory too. When memory gets filled up (I’m simplifying), macOS writes some of it to the internal SSD to free some up for whatever needs it now, this does (slightly) slow down performance.

    Cons: $400. If the extra money isn’t going to break the bank, I’d recommend it.

  • Ken Bennett

    May 20, 2022 at 2:51 am

    On my current iMac when I run FCPX or Motion I usually shut down the web browser. I edit 4K video and all video source is from an external RAID. My iMac is 9 years old so I plan on hanging on to the new Mac Studio for probably that long.

  • Eric Santiago

    May 20, 2022 at 4:19 am

    If you cant upgrade the RAM on these then I would suggest it.

    You can always buy external RAID drives after.

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