Do i have to insert larger ram before smaller ram in slot order?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dndandrea, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. dndandrea, Aug 8, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011

    dndandrea macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2010
    I have a 2011 iMac with 2x 2GB of ram that it came with from apple. I just bought 2x 4GB from crucial. Can i just insert those 2x 4GB in the empty slots or do they have to go in the first 2 slots? Which would mean i have to swap the 2x 2GB down to the bottom and put the new ones on top. I always thought the larger ram needs to go in the first slot and let the smaller ram follow it in descending order.
  2. meli macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2004
    I've read that there might be some benefit to putting the larger RAM first, but I've never seen proof. It's not necessary.

    Personally, I put the larger ones first. It only takes a second to swap them. But don't do it if you're not comfortable tinkering a little bit.
  3. Texran macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    Put the new ram where your existing ram is, put you existing ram in empty slots
  4. dndandrea thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2010
    yea thats what i did. i just thought i'd confirm before i did it but went ahead anyways and everything worked out just fine :). 12GB of ram now

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