2011 iMac Upgrades

Discussion in 'iMac' started by RMD68, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. RMD68 macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
    Specs: iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011), 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3, AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2048 MB

    I read that it was possible to upgrade the older iMacs to 32GB with the latest Mac OS X. Is this true? If I can, will the extra RAM be beneficial? I don't do video editing or anything similar to that. I just use a lot of media at once [gaming, music, videos, etc.]. The prices for the crucial upgrades are fairly reasonable, so it wouldn't break the bank for the performance enhancement if this would even occur.

    Furthermore, are there any other beneficial upgrades I could perform on this computer?

    Thank you in advance for the help!
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Yes it is correct and VERY well documented. Visit www.macsales.com for possible upgrades. Upgrading the RAM is very easy to do and you can also install a SSD if you are A competent tech. However if you have doubt, have an AASP do it for you.
  3. henryonapple macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    not sure about the 32GB, but I'd bet you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between 16GB vs. 32GB of ram. You should definitely add an SSD and upgrade the original hard drive to a higher capacity. You can even add a blu-ray drive if you want.
  4. RMD68 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
    Is there any noticeable performance gain?
  5. henryonapple macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    SSD will give you a tremendous gain. Night and day different literally. Are you comfortable with opening your iMac and removing the components?
  6. RMD68 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
    Im already have a small SSD [256GB] and a 1TB HDD in this iMac. I meant would the RAM upgrade provide any noticeable gain now or over the next year.
  7. henryonapple macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    Do you do a lot of movie editing or photo editing? If you only view media, than it probably won't make a big difference.
  8. toddzrx macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    All you need to do is go to Activity Monitor while you're running all your typical apps, and see how much RAM is being used. Go to this link and scroll down to the "Memory" section:


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