RAM Guide: mixed versus matched pairs, what does this mean?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iMacNoob, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. iMacNoob macrumors member

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    Hi,

    What does a matched pair mean?
    2gb + 2gb

    mixed = 2gb + 1gb ??

    OR does it mean a matched pair is the same size, from the same mfg?

    I have 2 gigs on my iMac, should I buy 2gb more from crucial OR buy 4gb and 'toss' the 2gb that came with it?
     
  2. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    Mixed is (for example) 2 Gb + 1 Gb where matched (for example) is 2 Gb + 2 Gb. Manufacturer doesn't matter as long as the chips are the same spec it will count as matched. For most people, 2 Gb is enough, but if you are editing HD videos in iMovie or something on the more intensive side of computing, 4 Gb would add a little speed.
     
  3. iMacNoob thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah I am running vmware to windows xp for programming, so I think its a good idea for me also.

    thanks for clearing this up!
     

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