max iMac memory?

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  1. jacobsen1 macrumors member

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  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yes, it's been well covered. The search tool is your friend.
     
  3. jacobsen1 thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah, I've found these 2 threads:
    6gb confirmed: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=607076
    8gb ???: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=574102

    but what's the final answer for this iMac:
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB398LL/A?mco=MjE0NDk5Mw
    would I be the first guinea pig for 8gb? Also, I'll be running LR2 and CS4 on this doing a ton of image editing for my sites, so that's why I'm interested. That and I'll be playing with iMovie so RAM is bound to help with video right....
     
  4. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    Jacobsen- I just ordered that EXACT computer. Should be here saturday and I'll let you know what'll fit. 4gb for sure but I am having a hard time finding a 4gb stick to try 6gb

    Zack
     
  5. jacobsen1 thread starter macrumors member

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    4GB sticks are easy to find on newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231181
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134863

    but I'm wondering if I should just get 2 of those ($200 though) or go with one 4gb and one 2gb:

    g.skill 4gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231181
    g.skill 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231111
    total $130.98

    Kingston 4gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134863
    Kingston 2gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134636
    total: $114.48

    do macs "like" either of those better? I've used Kingston before, but g.skill is a new name to me... I've heard them referenced as good, but is there any difference between those two? And will the iMac recognize 2 x 4gb, or just the 6? $130 -vs- $200+ is making me lean towards the 6gb anyway though.
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I wouldn't try 8 gb unless you're willing to test it (I can provide you the app) and send one of the 4 gb sticks back for a refund. It probably will choke with 8gb, but 6gb is fine.
     
  7. jacobsen1 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok thanks, so is the heat sink on the g.skill worth it? Is there any other difference between those 2 beyond price?

    and yeah, I'm leaning heavy toward the 6gb setup. Price and the fact I'm coming from 2gb now... I actually ordered the 4gb kit for $45 last night not knowing any better. I'm not sure if I'll keep that to see how it goes with 4gb and or wait on a price drop for the 4gb sticks, or if I'll return it....
     
  8. jacobsen1 thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, so those links above are for 240 pin sticks.... The iMac takes 200 pin sticks right?

    so I went back and looked for 4gb 200 pin and this is all I could find:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231202

    it's listed as DDR2 667 (PC2 5300), not 800/6400... So is it just slower, but it'll work? I can't seem to find any 4gb, 200 pin 800/6400 memory anywhere?

    plus that 4gb stick is $200, so that pretty much kills this idea for me.
     

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