Memory

aliensporebomb

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Quick question:

The memory slot in the iMac is.....darn small. I now have 12 gigs in it, the 2 original 2 gig chips and 2 of the 4 gig.

I was looking at it wondering how the heck I would remove the original 2 gig chips to replace them with 4's when I go to 16.

It's one thing to have tiny little fingers (I don't) but it looks like once you install the memory you're basically done forever.

Ideas? The little tabs I only can pull so hard before they would tear it seems.
 

aliensporebomb

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Ah!

Thanks for the link!

I can probably do it I just need to find a well lit area to get my 27" beast on, like a large soft rug or something.

The biggest problem is positioning the unit so it doesn't flop over while I'm trying to do this.

I have a theory about memory performance that I want to try too.
 

Dreadnought

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Could you do some test with benchmarks if your iMac is any faster? Let's say only with the stock Apple ram, only with the 4GB modules and both? I wonder if you can make your iMac faster with the ram.

BTW, the 4 GB modules they are double channel?
 

dexthageek

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Could you do some test with benchmarks if your iMac is any faster? Let's say only with the stock Apple ram, only with the 4GB modules and both? I wonder if you can make your iMac faster with the ram.

BTW, the 4 GB modules they are double channel?
OSX loves RAM, if it is there it will use it. Now will you notice a speed increase? That depends on the apps you use.

If you install paired RAM, your iMac will automatically enable Dual-Channel.
 

aliensporebomb

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What I plan on doing:

Here's my plan:

-temporarily remove the original 4 gigs.
-test with the 8 gigs I added only.
-test with the 4 original gigs.
-testing with both gives me this:



I know when I first got it I was benching around 9650.

My theory: the original ram is slower than the ram I added perhaps.

We'll see.

I was afraid of really yanking on those tabs inside the Mac, I thought they'd literally come out if I pulled very hard.
 

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