Sandy Bridge - Does that mean I can use 4 x 8GB DIMMs?

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  1. Ahheck01 macrumors 6502

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    I know the specs only allow 4x4, but doesn't sandy bridge mean it can take 4x8?

    I'd love to buy it with stock ram (2x2gb) and add one stick of 8gb for now (for a total of 12), and another stick of 8gb at a later date (for a total of 20GB).

    Possible?
     
  2. archer75 macrumors 6502a

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    Website says up to 16gb.....

    Most people will never be able to use 8gb let alone 16gb.
     
  3. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Right. I am not most people, which is why I asked.
     
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  6. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think he was just showing that the site claims 32GB is supported on the 2011 iMacs.
     
  7. mulo macrumors 68020

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    it certainly supports it, in regards to apple, no one knows. they didn't "allow" for 64GB in the Mac Pros for a about 10 months before listing 64GB on their website. - again macsales was the site to announce the support.
     
  8. Hexley macrumors 6502a

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    Apple doesn't sell upgrades of 32GB so do not list it as the limit.

    Also keep in mind very few companies make 8GB SODIMMs are the moment so Apple cannot guarantee that they will work.

    Once 8GB become significantly less than $800, like say $50-100, then Apple will list it as supporting 32GB.

    Intel Sandy Bridge desktop chips can handle up to 32GB of DDR3-1333Mhz RAM.

    I myself am thinking of sticking to the 4GB and just add 8GB to the vacant slots for a tidy 12GB.

    I really wish Apple made 8GB the standard for the 27" iMacs.
     

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