Recent remarks made by an Apple official to support the selling of the new MacBook Pro M3 with an 8GB option have sparked controversy. According to the official, 8 GB on a MacBook was the same as 16 GB on a device that was similar. Is that, nevertheless, truly true? Though it’s been hard to prove thus far, a new video that Max Tech uploaded indicates that it’s not that easy—at least not in practice.
The MacBook Pro M3 Pro in 8GB and 16GB
The MacBook Pro M3 Pro in 8GB and 16GB configurations is being tested by the YouTube channel. This is the first time these precise models have been examined side by side, and the findings seem to go against what Apple has said generally.
The video demonstrates how quickly 8GB of RAM can be utilized on a single Google Chrome session and the significant impact this has on other programs’ performance. For instance, Max Tech demonstrates that Lightroom Classic took 79% longer to finish a media export when it had 20 active Chrome tabs and just 8GB of RAM. This indicates that a task that required one minute and six seconds to finish really required five minutes and sixteen seconds.
Macs depend heavily on SSD swapping once memory
That being said, this isn’t all that shocking and is in line with previous Mac RAM performance. Macs depend heavily on SSD swapping once memory is completely utilized, which significantly lowers performance. For further information on the other tests carried out by Max Tech, all of which are rather compelling, see the entire movie attached above.
Although 8GB will still be plenty for most activities performed on entry-level MacBook Air models, creative professionals frequently find themselves in the same scenario when using their computers. It’s significant that someone could pay that much for a PC that only has 8GB of RAM. It goes without saying that if you’re purchasing a MacBook Pro, you should budget an extra $200 for at least 16GB of RAM. It should be mentioned that the M3 Max MacBook Pro comes with a minimum of 36 GB of RAM out of the box, with the option to upgrade to 128 GB.
It’s not that the unified memory subsystem from Apple isn’t remarkable. The corporation is correct that it is far more efficient than rival systems due to the freedom to exchange memory between the CPU and GPU. However, this doesn’t alter the reality that these expensive MacBook Pros shouldn’t be offered for sale with only 8GB of RAM. Simply said, it’s not the type of experience that someone hoping to have a powerful computer will find satisfactory.