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I have two 4GB modules of ram for a Macbook Pro (1033MHZ). I have a new Macbook pro that came with two 2GB modules (1333MHZ)

Would it be best if I left the 4GB faster ram in? Or would it really be noticeable if I swapped it for the 8GB of slower ram?

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migrated from Oct 8 '11 at 16:20

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Depends on what you plan on doing with the machine but 9.99 times out of 10 you're better off going with more ram (8gb in this case), especially for RAM-intensive applications such as databases, virtual machines, music/video/audio/photo editing.

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You won't be able to notice the difference. I would take 8GB of 1033 over 4GB of 1333 any day and twice on Sunday.

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