Help with DDR3 RAM

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DavisP, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. DavisP macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone!

    I'm planning on buying new RAM for my iMac. I have been researching for the past few days on what RAM is and what it does because I am kind of a newbie in this subject. I understand the basic stuff but when it comes to phrases like "pins, CAS latency, if computer won't be able to support" and the price range for DDR3 rams differs a lot.
    I'm looking at 8GB-12GB max 16GB RAMs for video editing, animation and that kind of stuff. I own a early 2009 iMac 20'' which has 2GB of RAM and it's a real pain in the ass for me. Can't even render clips normally.
    If anyone could write their suggestions, tips or links it would be much appreciated.

    P.S. I can post tech spechs. Just tell me which are needed, didn't want to spam the long list.
     
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  3. DavisP thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what's the difference between 2x4GB and a 8GB piece? If I understood correctly that 204-pin....2x4GB is the maximum that my Mac can handle and anything better would be just wasted, right?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Two 4 GB RAM sticks cost 50 USD, one 8 GB RAM stick costs 80 USD.
    And as the article I linked to says, 8 GB is the maximum RAM. Thus just get the two 4 GB RAM modules and see, if that helps.
     
  5. DavisP thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help! :)
     
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