Intel based iMac ram upgrade issue... (2006)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Em Pe Ge, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. Em Pe Ge macrumors newbie

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    okay, i'm new here so go easy on me... haha.

    alright, i've got an iMac from late 2006. and i'm trying to upgrade the ram..

    here's the specs...

    iMac intel
    MA589LL/A
    20in
    2.16
    1GB ram
    250 gig
    ect...

    so on the box it says upgradeable to 3 GB of ram... but the computer has two slots... which currently have a 512MB card in each of them. so my question is how do i install three gigs of ram? a 1GB card and a 2GB card? this doesn't seem to make sense, because i thought you were always supposed to keep them balanced.... so should i just install 2 - 2GB cards... for a total of 4 gigs... even though the computer will only used 3 gigs?

    that's what i sorta got from this page...

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1432

    any help with this would be great... as i've been searching the net for hours... without a definite answer.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    #2
    Get 2x2GB. That will enable dual-channeling which should boost ~5-10%
     
  3. Richdave macrumors member

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    Yes, exactly. Take out the 2ea 512M modules and sell em on eBay and get a couple of 2G modules. You'll only be able to see/use 3G but that should give a good performance boost
     

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