Mid-2011 iMac ram limits (16gb vs 32gb)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by poorlytoldjoke, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. poorlytoldjoke macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2006
    I just had a quick question and was wondering if anyone could help. I'm finding the 4 gigs it came with to be a bit limiting, and wanted to boost it. Apple says it supports up to 16, with each slot supporting 4 gigs. I am finding info elsewhere that is saying it silently supports 8 gigs per slot, for a total of 32. Has anyone here put the full 32 in? Honestly, I suspect 16 would work out fine for me, but the pricing difference is so negligible at this point that I would consider jumping to 32, but I'm worried I'll end up with ram I can't use.

    Can anyone help?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It supports up to 32GB. You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
  3. poorlytoldjoke thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2006
  4. jji7skyline macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2011
    I bought a 2x4GB kit which works great with the stock 2x2GB. Now I have 12GB and I didn't waste the two RAM sticks it already came with. Also, 2x4GB stick kits are pretty much the cheapest/GB. :)
  5. Fester1952 macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2012
    Adelaide, Australia
    I have a 2011 iMac with 32gb ram without issue. Mine is OWC but a know a lot here in Australia use other brands with no problem.
  6. kennyap macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2012
    Cayman Islands


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