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Rod Rod
Oct 23, 2004, 02:08 PM
I just got a Power Mac G4 1.25GHz single.

I was wondering if PC3200 RAM would work in it, sort of like how PC2700 RAM can work at PC2100 speeds on a 133MHz board.

The reason I'm asking is if and when I upgrade to a Power Mac G5 (and not a 1.6GHz model), it might be nice to take my RAM with me.

I searched the forums and as far as I could tell noone else has asked this question.

Thanks!

keysersoze
Oct 23, 2004, 02:18 PM
I just got a Power Mac G4 1.25GHz single.

I was wondering if PC3200 RAM would work in it, sort of like how PC2700 RAM can work at PC2100 speeds on a 133MHz board.

The reason I'm asking is if and when I upgrade to a Power Mac G5 (and not a 1.6GHz model), it might be nice to take my RAM with me.

I searched the forums and as far as I could tell noone else has asked this question.

Thanks!

Yes, it should work just fine. However, that being said, PC3200 gave my G5 1.6 problems. That could've been due to the quirkiness of G5's and RAM in general, but, in theory, PC3200 should work. If you can get the PC3200, I'd say that it is definitely more future-proof. :)

Rod Rod
Oct 23, 2004, 02:30 PM
Yes, it should work just fine. However, that being said, PC3200 gave my G5 1.6 problems. That could've been due to the quirkiness of G5's and RAM in general, but, in theory, PC3200 should work. If you can get the PC3200, I'd say that it is definitely more future-proof. :)

Thanks. I like future-proof solutions, considering that every current desktop Mac uses PC3200 400MHz DDR RAM and I wish to upgrade to one of those machines within the coming year.

Rod Rod
Oct 29, 2004, 11:48 AM
just a quick update: keysersoze's advice was correct. I ordered 2x512MB PC3200 400MHz DDR modules and installed them in my new PM G4 1.25, and they work great. it seems to me that my Power Mac (single processor) is faster than my PowerBook (1.33GHz), and they both have 1.25GB RAM.

keysersoze
Oct 29, 2004, 11:54 AM
just a quick update: keysersoze's advice was correct. I ordered 2x512MB PC3200 400MHz DDR modules and installed them in my new PM G4 1.25, and they work great. it seems to me that my Power Mac (single processor) is faster than my PowerBook (1.33GHz), and they both have 1.25GB RAM.

Glad to hear it all worked out for you.

And 2points for me! :)

Rod Rod
Oct 29, 2004, 12:22 PM
Glad to hear it all worked out for you.

And 2points for me! :)

yup, definitely 2 points. where do we keep our points on this site? another forums site where I'm a member has a points system where "votes" add to your "reputation." however, the highest "reputation" guy is a complete idiot, so the system is far from foolproof.