Memory question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Meriah, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. Meriah, Sep 2, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2016

    Meriah macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2014
    Hey Folks,

    Recently purchased an iMac with 8gb ram and now want to increase this, so question is;

    1. Buy two 16gb and add to the two 4gb already installed for 40gb total
    2. Buy four 8gb and remove the two 4gb already installed for 32gb total?

    Is either more efficient? Will 40gb be that much better than 32gb?

    Cost vs performance is my concern here.

    Thank you for your advise, I appreciate the help!

    • 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
    • 8GB 1867MHz DDR3 SDRAM - two 4GB
    • 256GB Flash Storage
    • AMD Radeon R9 M390 with 2GB video memory


    * Main use is for Logic Pro X
  2. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    Which iMac do you have, how many slots does it have actually? Perhaps confirm with Apple/ Everymac (.com)
    And 8gb is great, but 16gb is what I consider the new standard to be honest. Especially if you want more out of your more serious apps performance wise.

    Why isn't 24gb enough for you btw, if you have 8, and add 2x8gb to the pile? The uni here has a bunch of maxed out 5k 27" iMacs with 16gb ram, and they do creative stuff, and there aren't any complaints, when I check the memory usage for fun it's around 10.
  3. IngerMan, Sep 2, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 3, 2016

    IngerMan macrumors 65816


    Feb 21, 2011
    What I did was purchase (4) 8GB sticks from then sent back my (2) Apple 4GB sticks for $20ish credit. Cost $175 32GB roughly. Of course I always have 20GB free so not sure I really needed all that.

    You could just get 2 8GB sticks for total of 24GB for around $100. Or go all the same for less then $200 total 32GB
  4. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    What is your typical usage with LPX? Tracks, plugins, instruments, etc etc?

    More than likely just adding 2x8gb to your existing 8gb for a total of 24gb will be MORE than enough. I'm sure there might be some exceptions there. You can always remove and upgrade the OEM RAM at a later date.
  5. Meriah, Sep 3, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2016

    Meriah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2014
    Thank you all, I truly appreciate your help!


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