16GB RAM, really this expensive?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by StrikeNet, May 28, 2011.

  1. StrikeNet macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010

    I've been looking around a little as I want to upgrade my iMac to 16GB RAM with 2 8GB sticks (DDR3). It seems like all of the pricing is at least $500 but up to $900 for TWO 8 GB STICKS!

    Is this really true? If so, why is this RAM so expensive?

  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    8GB chips are still rare and very expensive. This is the bleeding edge of tech. First assess if you need more RAM. Then assess how much. Then devise an upgrade plan. Then implement said plan. At the moment, the most cost effective way to upgrade, assuming you need more RAM, is to buy 2x4GB for a total of 12GB.
  3. Sunday Ironfoot macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2011
    Is there a reason it needs to be 2x8GB instead of 4x4GB? This is for an iMac I assume? iMacs have 4 memory slots you know. As NutsNGum says, 4x4GB will only cost you $200
  4. iLidz macrumors member


    May 19, 2011
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    If you can find decent 2x8gb sticks for $500 or even $900 that sounds like a pretty good deal to me. I recall seeing this priced closed to $1500 a week or two ago.

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