iMac Late 2006 RAM

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  1. dilap macrumors 6502a

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    I have an iMac Late 2006 2.0 GHz with 1 GB RAM. I am looking to upgrade it. The maximum it will take is 4GB but the system will only use 3GB of it. I was chatting to a live chat on crucial.com
    they said:
    On apples website it states that for best performance, make the sticks equal. What is the best thing to do? Ignoring the non-equality of the sticks, 3GB would be better, but 2GB might be better if its equal. It is a little expensive to pay for 2x2GB and have it only use 3GB. I am in the UK, if you were to suggest other sources of RAM.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    To get your maximum usable RAM, you could use 1x2GB and 1x1GB, or you could use 2x2GB. Either way, your Mac will only use 3GB. The added 1GB of running 3GB would outweigh any advantage by using matched pairs with only 2GB. If you install matched pairs of two 2GB modules, you'll have the matched pair advantage on 2GB (2x1GB), but not on the 3rd GB.
     
  3. dilap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great! Thanks ordering 2 + 1 GB!
     

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