Where to spend $100, to upgrade the latest base model $1299- 13'' rMBP?
I'm a computer engineering student and I decided to jump into rMBP as my 2 year old laptop broke, and windows ultrabook lineups are disappointing. This time, I decide to please my eyes so I have to get a proper scaled high ppi display.
However, I have a limited budget.
With student discount, I get $1199 for base model. I have $90 to spend on one upgrade. Which should I update? 256G SSD? 8GB RAM? or i5-4258U?
Currently under my major usage in windows 8 enterprise, I multi-window a lot so I normally run at 3.4-5 GB ram with lots of chrome tabs(~20), a few word/excel windows and miscellaneous little programs. I recently tested removing half my RAM to 4GB. It went really bad and hard drive flew to 100%. It was so terrible that I had to disable swap.
I have three options:
- Update the RAM to 8GB, which is my current order on its way. However, this is completely based on my assumption that mac eat not-significantly-less RAM as Windows 8 does. However, if I update the SSD to 256GB, swap speed goes up so it would be less a compromise when RAM isn't really enough. In this case, I always have a slower file reading speed at all time but I have no risk of running out of RAM.
- Update the SSD to 256GB. I'm aware of the speed boost (~350MB/s vs ~700MB/s)and that's the only reason. 128GB and 256GB size wise look the same to me- they can't fit my ~800GB media anyway, my active storage need is way below 128GB. In this case, I have a higher general speed when my memory is spacious.
- Update the CPU to i5-4288U at 2.6GHz, which I see no point at. The performance is about 10% boost, but currently most of my laptop performance throttled at HD3000 graphics and my CPU is pretty relax. I'm really excited
I personally believe I should spend the money on RAM instead of SSD, but I would love to see how everyone else think?
Another question is, would the difference of 128GB-256GB SSD affect IOPs significantly like speed?