2x512 or 1x1gig

backsidetailsli

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helllo
when i bought my mac i upgraded to 1 gig of ram. the guy who did this only put one gig into one of the two slots in my imac, leaving one slot empty. my question is, am i getting the same preformance as if i were to have 2 512mb sticks occupying both slots? am i in danger of killing the one stick of ram?
thanks!
 

AvSRoCkCO1067

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backsidetailsli said:
helllo
when i bought my mac i upgraded to 1 gig of ram. the guy who did this only put one gig into one of the two slots in my imac, leaving one slot empty. my question is, am i getting the same preformance as if i were to have 2 512mb sticks occupying both slots? am i in danger of killing the one stick of ram?
thanks!
It's actually better to have a single 1 GB stick, as the speed differences with having 2x512 MB sticks are negligible; this way, if you want to upgrade in the future, just add another 1 GB stick in, rather than having to remove both 512 MB sticks and add 2x1 GB sticks in.
 

CoMpX

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AvSRoCkCO1067 said:
It's actually better to have a single 1 GB stick, as the speed differences with having 2x512 MB sticks are negligible; this way, if you want to upgrade in the future, just add another 1 GB stick in, rather than having to remove both 512 MB sticks and add 2x1 GB sticks in.
Absolutely. One 1GB stick would be better because if you ever want to upgrade in the future, you have that flexibility.

You are in no danger of killing the one stick of RAM, and it's perfectly fine to have one slot empty.
 

backsidetailsli

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awesome!! i was just wondering if i did need another gig cause i have a stat monitor that says 15mb free when i run certain programs.

you can see where its almost at its max in the second row. right now its in the 300s but sometimes its really low


is this ok?
 

MacFan25863

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Depends. If your computer runs really slow, then yes, upgrade the memory.

If you don't see a need to boost the performance, then save your money.

I have 1.5 gigs in my iMac G5 and it runs quite well. I can have a 10 GB Final Cut Pro project and Photoshop file open and switch between them with no issues.