iMac 2012 27" RAM, which one from Best Buy?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Adamx, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Adamx macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Hello everybody,
    I read that some brand got compatibility problems with the new Imacs 2012 along the standard ram in it.

    Since I have like $140 sitting in my Best Buy reward program I would like to use it to get 16gb of extra ram for my new iMac.

    For example this one is a good pick? It is the correct product for the 2012 model? Thanks a lot and sorry for my english :) ! 8gb ddr3&cp=1&lp=6
  2. identity macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2011
    No, because the speed is only 1333, the iMacs are 1600. Go get one with a 1600 MHz speed.
  3. Adamx thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    You could always buy Amazon gift cards at Best Buy and then buy the ram from Amazon. This might save you money.

    Best Buy sells gift cards for all the book stores related to the ebook readers they sell. It just happens that the Amazon Kindle gift cards are useable for much of what Amazon sells directly.
  5. AndiS. macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2012
    It's the correct one, and users in this forum have installed it successfully. Just don't mix it with any other RAM. Since you want 16GB, buy this vengeance&cp=1&lp=2

    Basically the same RAM you were looking at, just 2 modules at a slightly cheaper price. In this case you also don't have to bother with Amazon, since they have the same price.
  6. Adamx thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
  7. nitroglicerino macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2012
    Why not? :confused:
  8. AndiS. macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2012
    There have been users on this forum, reporting that mixing the Vengeance RAM with stock Apple RAM will cause the memory to run at 1333.

    I have actually often heard that it's a general rule, to not mix RAM with the same specs from different brands. Not sure exactly why, and there are people who are successfully doing it (also on Macrumors), but in this particular case mixing does create issues.
  9. sounddesigner macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2012
  10. identity macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2011
    Does BB let you buy gift cards with reward zone money?
  11. AppleCore77 macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2012
    I've gotten iTunes cards with them before, but that's the only one I've tried.
  12. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    It's because the Vengeance is CL9. The Apple RAM is CL11. The memory controller will run the memory system at CL9, but the Apple RAM can't handle CL9 at 1600MHz, only at 1333MHz. Memory always clocks to the lowest installed RAM speed, so the system will downclock to 1333MHz. Remove the Apple RAM and you will have 1600MHz at CL9, with greater memory bandwidth than the original RAM.
  13. strauss884 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2013
    Not Best Buy ones, but anything else. I've tried it before.
  14. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    Yes, Kindle Gift Cards, they work for ANYTHING on

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