4 gigs RAM in 24?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iperson, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. iperson macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2007
    Taipei, Taiwan
    I was just at the best Apple Authorized Reseller store in Taipei, Taiwan, trying to quell the urge to spend my cash. I'm going nuts waiting for upgrades!

    Anyway, I clicked the "About this Mac" on the demo 24 inch iMac and get this: it had 4 gigs of ram in it! I asked the store guy what was up with that, and he said that it was something they were trying. The machine had every other option maxxed out as well.

    I thought this wasn't possible.

    I asked if I could get a mac made like that and they said no, not really, maybe I could order from Singapore...Weird!

    Apparently this is not an actual apple store either. It has a cafe on the second floor and the third floor is off limits. I guess that's where they do weird things like put 4 gigs of ram in an imac.

    I'm thinking about buying a refurb 20 inch imac NOW and selling it later if I really want a new 24 when the upgrades come out. Whatever they are. How much would it depreciate in 6 months to a year? A 20 might do me just fine for basic use, some light audio/video recording and editing, and maybe I can add another 20 inch monitor if I want more real estate. My ibook is dying and I don't want to spend any more cash on it.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Apple has been pretty clear that while you can physically install 4 Gb of RAM in a Core2Duo machine, only 3 Gb will be available to the OS.
  3. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I believe you would just do it to match make/model of ram. Just like how some people say you always use the same kind of sticks. (i.e. same 1gb sticks) Even though it can only access 3GB of it.
  4. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    If the "about this mac" read 4GB, wouldn't that mean that the computer was recognizing all 4 and not just 3?
  5. nazmac21 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2007
    Digital World
    With Santa Rosa platform you could install 4GB of RAM.
  6. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2006
    Maybe the computer was recognizing it but not utilizing it.
  7. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    would it be possible in a future update that the OS could use 4 gigs of ram or is limited by the logic board?
  8. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    Bay Area
    It is possible with an OS update and hopefully 10.5 will include 4gb capability.
  9. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    No with the current chipset, only 32bits of memory is addressed.

    wait till Santa Rosa. It is not a software issue.

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