Intel Imac Memory

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vidiot, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. vidiot macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2006
    Hi all,

    I have purchased Intel Imac, and want to upgrade the memory.. First what is the memory technical spec i need to order?? Any recomended place to purchase?/And If i add a gig stick to the already 512 me i have, will there be a performance hit?? In other words does this need matched up pairs??

    Thanks so much..

    mike m.
  2. Revlimit Punk macrumors regular

    Revlimit Punk

    Jan 8, 2006
    The ram specifications are written in the manual (duh).
    I found to be a good place to buy quality ram.
    I don't know if matching pairs will mean better performance.
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I have a 17" Intel iMac and bought a 1GB stick from OWC. As with every other order of mine through them, all went well, and they tell you exactly what RAM to buy. I just ordered a 2nd 1GB stick from them.

    The jump from 512MB to 1.5GB is huge - matched or not, things will be much better. I jumped to 2GB only because, during development work, I tend to swap too much at 1.5GB. There is, in theory, a plus to matched pairs, but this thing flies at 1.5GB (as long as, say, I'm, not using over 1.5GB...).
  4. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    There is only one slot on the iNtel iMacs. It is a 32-bit processor however, so it is pretty unlikely that you will see a speed boost with matching pairs.

    And please don't insult other forum members with (duh). They may be new to Macs and didn't look in the manual. But they should, I agree, look at the manual and read it.
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    No, there are two. At least one slot is filled at the factory, but that RAM is removable as well.
  6. vidiot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2006
    Duh ! Is right.. i should have read the manual.. Oh well just got the system today, and was so excited..You know how it is..I just jumped in and started exploring..Reading manuals.. that sounds like work..

    Thanks again..

    Mike m.
  7. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    I would recommend DMS in the States, or CanadaRAM in Canada, depending where you are. Regardless of where you buy your RAM, make sure of two things: that the company explictily gaurantees Mac-compatibility of its RAM, and that it has a lifetime money-back gaurantee on its RAM. Few places meet these qualifications, but if you want the best for your machine, this is the safe way to play it. Putting generic RAM in your Mac just isn't worth it die to the headaches it might cause you at a later date - it's risky. Even if you have to pay a bit more, who cares - you're investing a decent amount of cash into your new machine, why skrimp on something as important as RAM? That's my philosophy at least. :cool:
  8. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    How does that have anything to do with anything? The Core Duo uses a chipset that supports dual-channel RAM, so yes you may see some kind of speed increase with a matched pair (might not be noticeable in day to day usage, but it will be there). This has nothing to do with the bitness of a processor. My AMD Athlon XP 2000+ on an nForce 2 motherboard supported dual-channel RAM 3 years ago, and it's a 32-bit processor.
  9. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    I'd say for everyday tasks going from 512-1GB is about equal as going from 1GB-2GB. I'm hoping the 2GB DDR2 sodimms come out so I can have 4GB of ram. :)
  10. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    Here are 2 good places to buy RAM from:

    Both have Mac specific RAM and its guaranteed for life. Prices usually are low as well. I use them all the time and have never had any trouble with anything they've shipped me.
  11. arcsbite Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    I thought iMacs were capped at 2GB (2.5 if you're sneaky) ?
    or did you mean in another machine?
  12. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    You are right... I forgot to mention the other RAM socket. :eek: I was referring (in my mind) to the original iMac which had two user-accessible slots, vs. the later revisions (and this one) which have one user-accessible and one Apple-only one.

    Sorry... I was using my knowledge of some older Macs and was confused about that argument since it had always been explained that way.
  13. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Umm, sorry, the Core Duo has 2 memory sockets both user accessible

    iMac G4 - one user accessible SODIMM, 1 internal (technician accessible) DIMM
    PC133 on 700 and 800 MHz models, PC2700 DDR on 1 Ghz and up

    iMac G5 (A and B revs) two DDR DIMM sockets user accessible

    iMac G5 (iSight) one DDR-2 DIMM socket only, plus 512 Mb soldered on

    iMac Core Duo two DDR-2 SODIMM sockets, user accessible
  14. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    :mad: I looked back and realized that the website I got my information off of re-used their G5 picture. I didn't bother to check otherwise.
    Well, now that I've destroyed all credibility, the sky is green and pigs do fly but only if your potato has reached -291˚ Celsius.
    And the little green men on Mars are actually purple.


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