Powermac RAM question

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by supersize, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. supersize macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2004
    Hello all, I just got a Dual 1.8ghz Powermac G5 after having my G5 Imac completely die on me. Now I have a 1gb ram chip that I added to the Imac just sitting around. I know that it will work in the Powermac (it is a Samsung DDR 3200 400mhz chip) My guestion is do I need to pair this with another Samsung chip or will any matching ship work. Will it hurt anything to mix manufacturers? I've found some other brands on newegg and other sites for much less and would like to save some money.

  2. simie macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2004
    Your G5 must have a matching pair of DDR ram.

    One stick of ram on its own is of no use to you.

    Get another stick matching it identically, right down to it being made by Samsungand being 400Mhz

    This will ensure that you do not have any issuse of stability with your G5.

  3. pncc macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    simie is right on the money. Bad RAM is the #1 problem on Macs.

    You will waste your money by saving a few bucks on cut rate RAM. I buy all my RAM from Crucial.com
  4. cmvsm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2004
    You may save 20 or 30 bucks on memory buying the back yard brands, but you'll spend twice that in aggravation when your Mac upchucks the RAM and takes a crap on you. Its even been said that bad RAM can also damage the memory slots. Get Crucial or nothing!!
  5. supersize thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2004
    Thanks for all the advise everyone but should I really switch to crucial ram when Samsung is the brand that is already in the computer, and that is what I already have (well half of it anyway)?
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Actually, you don't know which RAM vendor you'll get -- since Apple buys from a variety of RAM vendors.

    But the PowerMacs do need memory added in pairs, and you'll have to get another matching stick of RAM -- which may not always be easy.

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