Which RAM to Install?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Curren~Sea, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Curren~Sea

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    Any preferences on which ram to buy?

    My 27" should be arriving in a few weeks and I'd like to add another 8gb of ram, 1600mhz DDR3 SDRAM.
     
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    TrboMac

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    Crucial and OWC seem to be the top two choices. Newegg.com was also running a deal on G.Skill which is suppose to be good too.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    I've used DataMemorySystems for the last decade or so. They are a little more expensive, but have top notch support. When Apple changed some specs with a firmware update on my Pismo, that disabled the RAM, DMS paid shipping to send in my RAM and flash the setting on the RAM to conform with Apple's specs. Never had a problem with it. A friend got the wrong item, and it was fixed very quickly. I've ordered or referred people to them at least a dozen times.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

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    I appreciate :apple:'s attention to detail, alas it's the nuances that can screw up any user upgrade.
    Any word on what exact memory :apple: is using for the 32GB configuration? Would rather spend a few bucks more and get the same product than save a few and spend the difference suffering from some obscure mis-fit.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    I would wait for iFixit's post before ordering RAM. A day or two delay between getting the computer and the Ram isn't going to kill anyone.

    In the case of my Pismo, Apple made the specs more stringent, for the release of OSX 10.0 Beta, and while the RAM I bought was perfectly capable of the new specs, it wasn't set that way when it was first purchased. That is what DMS had to flash. Probably took five minutes from unpacking to repacking to ship back. I doubt you'd get that kind of service from some of the other places. And NO, this is not a paid endorsement, simply a happy many time repeat customer.
     
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    xgman

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    It should be 12800 204 pin 1600mhz sticks like used in the 2012 MBP I think.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    I've just taken a gamble and ordered 32gb from Crucial so I can get the ram in before I even turn the machine on (even though I haven't ordered the iMac yet!) so I hope it works!
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    Did that with my Pismo back in 2000. Good Luck!
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    Worst case scenario, I'll find out from others on here that it doesn't work and I can just return it to them - especially as by the time I order the machine it won't arrive until the New Year!
     

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