new imac is kinda slow

Discussion in 'iMac' started by glocke12, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. glocke12 macrumors 6502a

    glocke12

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    Just bought a 24" imac with 1 gig of ram, and have noticed that it is kinda slow, especially compared to my MBP with two gigs of ram.

    It seems to be getting hung up on some applications, especially when I have multiple apps open (i.e. safari, iphoto, itunes, etc..)

    Is this due to only having 1 gig of ram?
     
  2. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    maybe.

    take a gig of ram out of your MBP and put it in your iMac and find out.
     
  3. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Yes. It will be due to the 1GB of RAM. I noticed mine being a little slow when I first got it but then added a 2GB sodimm to take it to 3GB and it flew.
     
  4. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    You need more ram my macbook is slow now and it's due to ram a gig just isn't enough.
     
  5. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Yes. I just bought 4GB of RAM (2 x 2GB) for $107 from Crucial. RAM is really cheap... why not max it out, then you don't have to worry about it.
     
  6. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a

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    with 1gb of ram, my iMac was faster in Tiger than Leopard,

    with 3gig its pretty fast, i would'nt say it flys..

    i dunno what 4gb would do, perhaps an extra 5% speed?
     
  7. fivepoint macrumors 65816

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    If you're using the full 3GB (having 10 apps open, working) then the 4GB could give you ~10%-100% more performance.
    If you're not using the full 3GB, it won't give you ANY additional performance.

    It just depends on who you are, and how you work. Some people wouldn't see an ounce of speed improvement from 1GB to 4GB.
     
  8. errol macrumors 6502

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    On my G5, I saw a huge gain from 5gb to 8gb, so I can only imagine how amazing 3-4gb would be.
     
  9. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    Yes, this is due to the low RAM.
    More RAM will dramatically improve responsiveness with multiple apps open.

    4GB will all but eliminate the RAM as a factor in the computing efficiency of your iMac, even with memory intensive apps running.
    Get it while it's still cheap.
    BTW, using matched density modules will double the bandwidth of the memory controller, compared to using a single module, or two modules of different density.
    Brandname of the RAM is not a factor.
    This should improve the memory performance of your iMac by about 20%.
     
  10. Applespider macrumors G4

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    When you're used to a G4 Powerbook, it flies! :p
     
  11. glocke12 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So what exactly does that mean in terms of what I order?
     
  12. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Get a pair of the same ram and you should be fine. Many places sell them as a pair any way.
     

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