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

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  1. dndandrea, Aug 8, 2011
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    dndandrea macrumors 6502

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    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

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    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

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

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    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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