iMac RAM question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bniu, May 25, 2011.

  1. bniu macrumors 6502a

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    I'm helping my friend buy a 2011 27" iMac. Here's his question about RAM. Yes, he has $200-$400 to throw around, and he wants to max the sucker out to 16GB of RAM, partly for pride and partly because he may occasionally need that much RAM for some masters research simulations that he does, but mostly he wants 16GB of RAM for pride.

    With the four slots, does he have to look for a matched quad, or should he just get 2 sets of matched pairs? He's looking at the Crucial 1333 MHZ 8GB kit on Amazon and thinking about just purchasing two of them. Does the iMac ram run on dual channel or quad channel?

    Money's no object here, he just wants the best.
     
  2. iisdmitch macrumors member

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    He should be fine if he purchases 2 matched pairs. I am probably wrong but I don't think they have 8gb SO-DIMM chips out yet. Like I said, I am probably wrong.
     
  3. 6502usetabe macrumors newbie

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    You know that's why they pay the Apple store peeps so many big bucks!
    Just as them - for free.

    Robin
     
  4. johnfkitchen macrumors regular

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    If money is no object, he can get 32GBs. Four 8GB modules.

    Go to OWC. Other World Computing. I think it is macsales.com

    They have a good reputation.
     
  5. McRCN macrumors regular

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    Another vote for OWC. I bought mine there too.
     
  6. dazed macrumors 6502a

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  9. olindacat macrumors member

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    I think he can go 32Gb with the 27" at OWC and it's a nice big yummy $3K I think. :eek:
     
  10. iLidz macrumors member

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    Yet another vote for OWC

    For a little over $200 your friend could get the 16gb (4x4 sticks) kit from OWC. This would leave your friend ~$200 to "throw around". I would throw it at an SSD or maybe an extra external drive, or maybe he will throw it your way...?
     

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