Using unmatched RAM

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mr. DG, May 17, 2006.

  1. Mr. DG macrumors regular

    Mr. DG

    Jan 16, 2006
    Hi, i have a mini core solo with the basic 2x256MB RAM. If i buy a 1GB stick and install it so i have 1.25GB will my performance be ok? i know apple recommends using matched memory but i cant afford 2GB right now, ill probably pick up another 1Gb stick in a few months.
  2. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    Performance will be fine. Matched RAM does not give a major speed boost. (Not really noticeable to me).
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA

    Matched RAM has an advantage over unmatched RAM for a given amount of memory (i.e., 2 x 512MB matched is faster than 1 x 1 GB). However, more RAM is always faster than less RAM as soon as you use more than that lesser amount (i.e., 1.25 GB is faster than 1 GB once you exceed 1 GB in use).

    Given how easy it is to eat up RAM and virtual memory on a mini or any Intel Mac, esp. those with integrated graphics, you're almost always going to be better off with more RAM than with matched RAM.
  4. Mr. DG thread starter macrumors regular

    Mr. DG

    Jan 16, 2006
    cheers for the quick answers guys.

    *goes off to order some RAM*

  5. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    That's the thing though isn't it. Noticeable improvement. With these new macs anything over 1gb is only just marginably noticeable...

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