16MB of RAM on 21.5 Baseline iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by eloh, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. eloh macrumors member

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    I tried to find a straight answer for this in the forum but was not successful.

    Here is the deal...Apple will only sell the 21.5 inch iMacs with a max of 8GB of RAM. However, they say they are going to give you 4x2GB sticks. If I use my head, what is stopping me from sticking 4GB of cruical or whoever elses RAM into those 4 slots and having 16GB of Ram on my 21.5 baseline iMac.

    Until now, I was telling my self that I could only get 16GB of RAM into the 27" model. Is that still true or am I correct in my assement above. If so, that pulls me further away from the 27" and closer to the 21.5" as I would prefer to spend the extra money on the 3.33 processor and a Time Capsule.

    Thanks for the help on this one!
     
  2. xlii macrumors 68000

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    According to the Spec sheet http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html you should be able to put four 4 GB sticks in the 21.5 incher for a total of 16 GB. The question would be why? If you have a program that needs that much memory it probably needs more cpu & io power than this imac has. Plus, at this time, those 4 sticks will cost you more than the imac did.
     
  3. eloh thread starter macrumors member

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    Perfect!

    Perfect! Thanks for the response.

    You may be correct about not needing 16GB (definetly not right now). If what you say is correct then the 27" model having the same Core 2 Duo chip may not benefit from 16GB of RAM either, the only difference being the screen size. (yes the GPU is different but that doesnt count here, actually makes a better case for needing less RAM). That is very good to know.

    I wouldn't buy those sticks right now anyway...it's just good to know for the future. I don't want to feel like I need to buy another one of these in 18 months. Hoping to get at least 3 years. I know the I7's are marching in but hopefully any new OS, iLife, or iWork will not need a Quad core to run smoothly. I am more concerned about moving to a future version of Logic Studio though.

    Thanks for your help on this.
     

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