iMac Memory

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TCrowe, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. TCrowe macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2014
    Glen Ellen, CA.
    When I got my iMac I was given 2 eight GB DDR3L-1600 SODIMM by an old friend of mine who is also a photographer.

    What he told me was the he got them from Best Buy and they were recommended for the iMac i5 by the sales rep. They are brand new and unopened so I believe they are crisp and clean.

    I'm not sure that this is correct but I can always have he or myself send them back if they are incorrect. The reason I even ask this question is that it says 16GB Kit Notebook on the package and that threw me.

    Also, assuming the best and these are correct, how do I remove the back cover and install the chips properly on the iMac. I did a lot of hardware upgrades on my Mac Pro and I remember that there was a distinct order that the chips had to be installed with. I always use a ground on my wrist when installing hardware as this room is carpeted. Just so you know.
  2. DeltaMac, Feb 2, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2015

    DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    The kit is 2 x 8 GB, for a total of 16 GB.
    It says "laptop", because the SODIMM chip is more compact, and typically has been used in laptops. Memory called "desktop" is longer, but Apple typically has used the SODIMMs in most of their Macs, not just laptops.
    So, the memory is likely correct.
    However, installing the memory means that you need to tell us exactly which model iMac you have.
    If the iMac is the Retina iMac that you recently bought, then this Apple support article will tell you everything you need to know about adding memory.
    Memory installation is the same as for 2012 and 2013 iMacs.

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