Is this memory compatible with iMac

testudo

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Jan 17, 2012
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Hello everyone,

First off, I would like to say that this is a great forum for information and help. I am surprised that I waited this long to register. Anyhow, I have a quick question. Will this memory work inside this iMac?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00102A066/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/stats/imac-core-2-duo-3.06-24-inch-aluminum-early-2008-penryn-specs.html

It doesn't say anything about it in the description on Amazon, but it looks identical to the memory stick that goes inside an iMac. I figured I would ask here because of the knowledgeable members here on this forum.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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AcesHigh87

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Jan 11, 2009
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It would need to list a pin number to be certain. It may look the same but it could be wrong. IMO it SHOULD work but it's no guarantee. Personally I would get it from here (OWC) which is only 2 dollars more expensive and it's guaranteed to work as they test all their RAM on the mac models they claim to work for. I got my 4GB of iMac RAM from them and it works great.
 

testudo

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Jan 17, 2012
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Thanks for the replies! And, they were so fast. I am on a very, very tight budget. So, I have to go on the cheap, at least for now.

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Sandman1969

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Nov 5, 2007
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If you are going with the 2GB chip.

Your link is 27.99 + 4.99 shipping = 32.98

OWC = 29.99 + 1.79 = 31.78


So you get better memory and at a cheaper price.
 

altaprod

macrumors regular
Jan 1, 2006
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California
I also need advice.

I'm also going to upgrade the memory for my 2008 iMac and I currently have 2 slots (1GB each). I'm trying to decide to upgrade one slot for $58.99 (giving me a total of 5GB) or upgrade both slots for $84.99 (giving me a total of 8GB). Does anyone know if there will be a huge difference? I'm in the dark. :confused:

4.0GB Upgrade Kit
(2.0GB Modules x 2 Set)
$58.99

4.0GB Upgrade
(4096MB Module)
$84.99

Many thanks!!!
 
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I'm also going to upgrade the memory for my 2008 iMac and I currently have 2 slots (1GB each). I'm trying to decide to upgrade one slot for $58.99 (giving me a total of 5GB) or upgrade both slots for $84.99 (giving me a total of 8GB). Does anyone know if there will be a huge difference? I'm in the dark. :confused:

4.0GB Upgrade Kit
(2.0GB Modules x 2 Set)
$58.99

4.0GB Upgrade
(4096MB Module)
$84.99

Many thanks!!!
That model only has a maximum capacity of 6 GB for RAM: http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/stats/imac-core-2-duo-2.8-24-inch-aluminum-early-2008-penryn-specs.html

And the difference depends on your usage. While I have 4 GB in my 2007 iMac and 8 GB in my 2009 MBP, the difference is noticeable, but I use a lot of RAM hungry applications and sometimes have up to 20, 25 applications open.
An SSD might do wonders though, my 2007 iMac with an SSD is as fast as my MBP with an SSD in the daily tasks I throw at it.
 

altaprod

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Jan 1, 2006
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That model only has a maximum capacity of 6 GB for RAM: http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/stats/imac-core-2-duo-2.8-24-inch-aluminum-early-2008-penryn-specs.html

THANKS for the good info. I think I understand - 6gb maximum capacity for each slot - right? so a total of 12 gb?

And the difference depends on your usage. While I have 4 GB in my 2007 iMac and 8 GB in my 2009 MBP, the difference is noticeable, but I use a lot of RAM hungry applications and sometimes have up to 20, 25 applications open.
An SSD might do wonders though, my 2007 iMac with an SSD is as fast as my MBP with an SSD in the daily tasks I throw at it.
Yeah, I updated the latest OS and have noticed it slowing way down so I think a shot of ram will really help. SSD isn't something I even considered because I thought that was only used for data storage type of memory - I'm still ignorant about this stuff :(

Many thanks!
 
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THANKS for the good info. I think I understand - 6gb maximum capacity for each slot - right? so a total of 12 gb?
No, 6 GB MAXIMUM. Thus you can get two 2 GB sticks to get 4 GB or if you really need 6 GB, you can get a 2 GB stick and a 4 GB stick.

Yeah, I updated the latest OS and have noticed it slowing way down so I think a shot of ram will really help.
Lion is RAM hungry.
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Have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications / Utilities /) and select All Processes and sort by CPU to see what the culprit may be.
Also check the "System Memory" tab to see what your "Page ins:", "Page outs:" and "Swap used:" are.

image below uses sorting by CPU as an example

Further reading:
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SSD isn't something I even considered because I thought that was only used for data storage type of memory - I'm still ignorant about this stuff :(
Btw, "memory" is not the same as "hard drive capacity":
What is Computer Memory? RAM vs Hard Drive
RAM vs. Hard Disk
An SSD is just like an HDD (for storing data), just without moving parts and a lot faster than an HDD.

But know, that upgrading an iMac with an SSD is not easy, so if you are not comfortable unscrewing a dozen or more screws and taking the entire computer apart, just live with the HDD.
 

altaprod

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Jan 1, 2006
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California
Thanks simsaladimbamba

simsaladimbamba - You're awesome!
So generous with your time and knowledge. Now I understand things much better and will check on my system when I get home from work!

Many thanks!
 

altaprod

macrumors regular
Jan 1, 2006
126
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California
wow!

I just received my new memory (4gb) from OWC. It was a breeze to install adn the computer is lightning fast again - It's like a new computer!

Special thanks to simsaladimbamba for all your help.

:)