RAM Speeds and Compatibility

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by josepht, Dec 27, 2005.

  1. josepht macrumors member

    josepht

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    I just bout a PNY 1GB PC3200 184 pin DIMM kit for my PowerMac G5 1.6GHz. The problem is, I meant to buy the PC2700 RAM because that is what the computer takes. I know that one can install faster memory on PC motherboards and it will only run as fast as the motherboard allows it to. Is it safe to put faster RAM in a Mac than what the specs call for like with PCs, or can I only use PC2700 rated RAM?
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Macs are, in my experience, VERY picky about RAM. While they should deal with faster RAM speeds and scale back, often they just start to cause problems with the Mac hardware. I must have gone through 3 or 4 sticks for my PB before I finally convinced them to sell me exactly what I wanted. Of course, you should hope that the Master (CanadaRAM) steps in and tells you what the deal is.. if anyone knows, it's the Goat.
     
  3. josepht thread starter macrumors member

    josepht

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    Well... The PNY site says that those modules are compatible with my PowerMac. We'll see.
     

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