2GB vs. 3GB

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  1. jdl8422 macrumors 6502

    jdl8422

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    I have an imac C2D, I am looking to upgrade from 1gb. I have been reading the post on here and now i am stuck on wether to get 2 matched pairs of 1GB sticks or do the 3GB. I know 3GB is more than 2GB but is matched pairs better?
     
  2. gkarris macrumors 604

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    I thought "matched pairs" only bodes well for systems with integrated video...
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    You will see a much bigger performance increase going to 3Gb rather than getting matched pairs.
     
  4. munckee macrumors 65816

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    So in general more ram = better performance. The scanerios where the match pairs win the difference is minimal where as when 3Gb wins the difference can be very large indeed.

    I would definitely go for the 3Gb over the 2Gb.
     
  6. negatv1 macrumors 6502

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    Crazy prices on 2gb sticks now. (OWC for ~$120). I just bumped up my Macbook Pro to 3gb, and it is humming along nicely.
     
  7. Bern macrumors 68000

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    I thought a MB could only handle up to 2GB ram? From what I understand putting 3GB in would be a waste of money because about 700mb or so of that 3rd GB won't ever be utilised.
     
  8. Nuc macrumors 6502a

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    I just recently got the OWC 2GB ram. I can definitely see the performance increase from 2GB to 3GB.

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  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    You're thinking of 4GB. The MacBook is limited to 3GB but you can stuff 4GB, most of the last gig won't get used.
     

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