Best RAM configuration to purchase from Apple?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kat.hayes, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to max out the processor and graphics card on a new 27-incher, though I figure I can save money buying RAM 3rd party.

    1. I know nothing about RAM. Can I use sticks of 8GB DDR3L - 1600 in the new iMac?
    2. I'm likely going to want a total of 32GB of RAM though I might want to go for more at some point. Based on this, how is it best to configure the RAM in the Mac to make it easy to upgrade? 2 sticks of 8GB from Apple?
    3. Will I save much by buying the RAM from a 3rd party OR is it not worth the trouble?

    Thanks!!!!
     
  2. yuhong, Oct 14, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2015

    yuhong macrumors newbie

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    The 27-inch iMac has a RAM door at the back that you can access after unplugging the power supply (there is a button hidden at the power supply plug), and yes you will save a lot by buying third party. In fact, you can get 4x8GB DDR3 for cheaper than what Apple is charging for 2x8GB. Make sure that you buy SO-DIMMs for laptops.
     
  3. DracoDWS macrumors member

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    The new iMacs use 1867MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
     
  4. yuhong macrumors newbie

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    The 21 inch ones, the 27 inch ones are different.
     

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