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[Razer Blade Stealth] 8gb or 16gb RAM ?

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Daftsky, Oct 30, 2016.

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  1. Daftsky

    Daftsky New Member

    Hi guys,

    I'm about to order a RBS to replace my 6 year old Macbook Air 11' - yes, I'm joining the Dark side :)
    But I'm unsure about which model to get:

    The base model with 8gb of RAM or the next one with 16gb ? Here is the context:

    1. My usage::
    * Web-base usage & office work (web browsing, emailing, powerpoint & excel) to run my business
    * Occasional video editing (usually 1080p; for edits between 5 & 10min in length)

    2. My budget: prices in Europe (am in france) are 1099€ for the base model & 1399€ for the next one. If I can keep cost down, that would be great - given that the extra space on the HDD is not a must for me, am fine with an external HDD.

    Extra precision: I don't care about the rendering time for the video; I do this occasionally - so as long as the experience is smooth/OK when doing the editing, I couldn't care less about the rendering (I produce maybe 6 videos per year).

    The real question is therefore: what's in it for me by getting 16gb of RAM ? will this really future proof my computer, or given my usage it's just a waste of cash ?

    Thanks in advance, and can't wait to join the Razer family :)
    (always loved the brand, back when I was a gamer ^^ )

  2. Lafar

    Lafar Well-Known Member

    I'd recommend looking at your current RAM usage, it's probably the best estimator for how much RAM you should get (unless you have less than 8 GB currently...).

    Based off of the things you said, I'd recommend the 8GB version. 5-10 min video edits don't require you to look for special hardware, and so long as you don't have 10+ Chrome tabs open at the same time, you'll be good with 8GB.

    It won't future proof your computer (especially since Chrome has been trying to get its RAM usage down recently).

    Welcome back!
  3. TK-1987

    TK-1987 Well-Known Member

    So you're not planning to get the Core to go along with it to use as a gaming device at all? That would be the big selling point for wanting my RAM. You are also getting a 256gb ssd instead of 128gb. ((Like you mention)) And unless you will be putting alot of your stuff on external hard drives you're gonna run out of space fast.

    I can't see any big benefit to you getting more RAM, unless you are going to game or have ALOT of tabs open on chrome all the time. You can always upgrade the SSD yourself down the road.
  4. gaykob7

    gaykob7 Well-Known Member

    even with intense gaming and having a few chrome tabs, synapse, steam and a few other small programs open in the background I've never used more than 6,5 gb , so 8 should be fine for you
  5. KillStealzzz

    KillStealzzz Active Member

    If you just do simple task, web surf, office, light game then 8Gb should be just fine.
    If you will buy a Razer Core and play hard core game with it, then I think 16Gb should be a good investment for the future.
    I'm playing Dota 2, along with >5 chrome tab at any time, rainmeter with 6Gb of RAM
    (yes my PC is that weird, 2+4) and no problem whatsoever.
  6. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    I'd personally pay the extra for the double RAM. It's always worth having, and you'll get a faster SSD with it too. The SSD in the stealth isn't great and the bigger it is the faster it runs (the most significant jump is actually between the 256 and the 512) but there's still a sizable jump between the 128 and 256 which you might find useful! You'll find that Chrome in particular will run a lot smoother too given it's a ram hog. It's not necessary per se, but if you're getting something nice, you might as well get something that'll run as well as it can and stay nice for longer :)
  7. Integration

    Integration New Member

    I don't think the extra 300 or so Euros is worth 8GB of ram and 128GB of solid state drives. I think 8 GB of ram is more than enough to what you are doing, Im using a machine with 16GB of ram, and do similar stuff to what you described, I hardly go over the 8GB mark even with light tasks on two monitors.
  8. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    I'm feeling awfully alone in my opinion here haha, ultimately it's your money and either way you'll get a fantastic device. Through experience I've learned that it's generally better to, if you can afford it, pay that little bit extra to have a greater guarantee of satisfaction and keep your options open. Considering the RAM is soldered on it's worth thinking ahead for however long you hope to keep the device for and think about if you think you'll be doing more in the future, and account for changes to OS and programs :)
  9. Daftsky

    Daftsky New Member

    Guys - I truly appreciate all your responses...and am astonished at how quickly I got a reply, thank you very much :)

    It does sound like 8gb of RAM would be sufficient for me, because I don't plan on turning this into a gaming machine (no core in sight), to be honest my gaming days are behind me...even though I must admit having a PC again may have me install DoTA & CS:Go, but that's it :)

    Am just looking for a good ultrabook, that can do some occasional video editing really...

    I do take the point for the SSD, and had read up on the write speed especially...however I understand I can upgrade the SSD myself, and that would cost me far less than 300€ right ?
  10. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    Yup it would :) If you're comfortable doing that (some people aren't) then that's a better way to go if you find it's holding you back! I'm not 100% if it affects your warranty but technically it shouldn't?
  11. Vaypron

    Vaypron Well-Known Member

    I was in your situation about 5 days ago. As a college student my budget was limited and it would be the first time I spend so much money at ones.
    My requirements were/are:
    - Video Editing on the go(mostly 1080p projects)
    - programming and debugging of my software on the go
    - and all the common stuff like browsing the web, watching videos(1080p/1440p/4k)

    It also shouldn't be a problem to run two of the named requirements at the same time.
    Thinking of the period of time I want to use it(hopefully up to 5 years), I wasn't sure about the 8gb.
    At the moment it's fine, but we can't really predict how fast 16gb will be standard.

    F.e. just keep in mind that, if you want to play the newest games, you already need a new graphics card nearly every 2 years.

    So at the end I think it's worth it to pay the extra 300 bucks for 16gbs and the double of the storage size and so I ordered the 16gb model for me :)

    PS: I would wait until you are no longer under warranty, with changing the m.2 ssd. If you have a problem with the laptop and you have opend it before they could just say, that the problem is due to the opening and you won't get any warranty service :)

    @ThirdDegreePun don't worry, you are not alone :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
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  12. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    Wooo Reinforcements!

    Pretty much this logic here is my thinking, but again it really does come down to your personal circumstances, budget and how long you want to use it for. Also it might be worth noting that the money you spend now will to an extent be returned whenever you sell and buy a new one (so long as you don't break it); I would suspect that the ones with more RAM would be much more desired and thus valuable than the ones with just 8gb in the future.

    I will also admit that in Euros that price difference is a fair bit steeper than in, say USD. It'll probably be similar here in Australia when we eventually get a look but I've resigned myself already to the 256 4K Model :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
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  13. Daftsky

    Daftsky New Member

    Arg ... just when I was convinced to go with 8GB - now you make me doubt things again ;)

    I'm just not convinced that 8GB vs 16GB of RAM will be the bottleneck /or game changer in the future (I too plan to keep this laptop more or less 5 years)...given the type of usage I have (I perfectly agree with you though if it's for gaming etc..).

    Prices in EUR are including tax, so there's nothing to add there.
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  14. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    Heh sorry haha, as I've said either way you'll be good most likely! It'll be capable with 8gb, but if you want to play it safer and give some more room you'll be happy with more :)
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  15. Vaypron

    Vaypron Well-Known Member

    I agree with @ThirdDegreePun. Most of the users should be fine with 8GB, but 16GBs are just future-proof :)
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  16. abhi2730

    abhi2730 Member

    I will pick the 16gb model just beacause we cannot upgrade the RAM later.
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  17. SiNN94

    SiNN94 Active Member

    In my opinion, getting the 16GB RAM is a better choice. Now, 8GB is just enough. In the future, it will be more than 8GB to fulfill the requirements.
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