Memory

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Nyy8, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Nyy8 macrumors 6502a

    Nyy8

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    Now that we are in September, Ram prices are still going down, so my question, 8GB or 16GB? AND What ram do you recommend or have experience with? Looking for ram for a 2011 iMac! (In Sig)
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    How much RAM you need depends on your normal usage. To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor
     
  3. Nyy8 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Page-outs right now are 400MB, wow. Minecraft, Firefox, and Skype cannot run on 4GB of ram. Do I need 8GB or 16GB?
     
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  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Unless your page outs are in excess of 3-4 GB under normal use, 8GB may be sufficient for your needs. However, you may opt for 16GB to accommodate possible future increases in your memory requirements.
     
  6. Nyy8 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the reply! Now, What type of RAM do you recommend?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
     

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