Mix & Matching RAM

Discussion in 'iMac' started by RexLego, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. RexLego macrumors newbie

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    I have a mid 2010 27" iMac. I use it for video editing and creating short films. Recently video exporting time has gone way up and i googled around it and they all told me that i was in need of some more RAM. I'm new to this kind of stuff, so i got some ram out of my old HP Windows Laptop and was wondering if it would be SAFE to put it in there, and then i would get more ram? My current ram type within my imac is 1333hz DDR3 4GB. The ram from the laptop is DIMM-CT 1GB.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You should only use RAM that matches the specifications for your Mac. It's okay to mix and match brands and capacities, but not specifications.
     
  3. elithrar macrumors 6502

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    Won't work. Your iMac isn't compatible with that RAM.
     
  4. magilla macrumors regular

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    Just out of curiosity, what WOULD his machine do if he stuck "non-compatible" RAM in it's expansion slots? Start to hum, throw off sparks, smoke then start a black hole kind of collapse in on itself? I've never heard of anyone (Mac or PC world) doing something like this but it seems fairly straightforward that this is something you really shouldn't do.
     

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