Mac RAM help

Discussion in 'iMac' started by chaddexter, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2012
  2. macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2012
    What I always do for RAM is head to to see which kind is exactly right, then I go from there.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2012
    I'd hate to be the bearer of bad news, but its not.

    If you look at this link, you'll see you want PC2-6400, 200-pin, 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM.

    That RAM you linked will work for an early 2009 iMac, but not early 2008 (or at least is not what is recommended by Apple). If you scroll down to the product description of the RAM you linked, you will also see that it mentions early 2009 iMac.

    Here's a link filtered to the RAM you're looking for. 600000401&IsNodeId=1&name=8GB (2 x 4GB)

    In case you didn't know, an iMac (which is essentially a laptop that doesn't fold up and has a large screen) uses laptop RAM (and laptop hard drives, if you ever go that route).

    In case the link to Newegg doesn't keep have my search results, here's what I clicked under Computer Hardware -> Memory.

    Laptop Memory
    Speed : DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
    Type : 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM
    Capacity : 8GB (2 x 4GB)

    Also, don't let the "Mac Memory" section trick you. There is no such thing as "Mac Memory" or "PC Memory". I'm not sure if they are just trying to sell their products for more money, or just assure customers that there is a Mac that uses this RAM, but either way, there are a lot less results if you limit yourself to RAM that has been labeled "Mac Memory".

    Also, (if it makes you feel any better) I replaced the RAM in my Macbook Pro and didn't use "Mac Memory", but just what ever was cheapest of the exact type Apple said to use (which happened to be G.Skill).
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2012
    Sorry for the double post, but I also just realized that according to this link, the max RAM is 4GB (2x2GB).

    I would have edited my post, but I wanted to make sure you saw it, and am new to the forums, so I didn't know if you would get a notification that I edited my post.
  5. macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2012

    Makes it so much easier and their prices are good.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    This is only partially true.

    All iMacs use desktop hard drives (3.5"). Currently it is speculated that the 21.5" 2012 model has a 2.5" drive, but all other iMacs since the change to a flat design (ie, all intel ones fit this description) use 3.5" desktop HDs.

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