What is the stock RAM like with the new iMac 27 inch?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Elektrikz, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Elektrikz macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2013
    My iMac is arriving on Wednesday with 8GB Ram..

    Would it be best to buy 8GB crucial Ram and add it totalling 16GB or removing the stock 8GB and purchasing 16GB Crucial Ram?

    Or should I save money and stick with 8GB?
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Most people think about this after they get their mac and when they get into RAM shortage.:p

    Just relax for a while, see how it performs, see if you have any page outs, if not no RAM upgrade needed.
  3. Eduardot macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2013
    More Ram?

    I bought imac i5 27 2011 came with 4gig ram, had too many page outs, and the coloured ball kept coming on a lot, went with 16 gig and then 32 gig of ram. It is a definite change for the better, more programs open, and no page outs. :)
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I'm with Perry on this one. Unless you are making the next Toy Story movie on that thing, it is not very likely you will ever use more than 8GB of RAM.

    Just run it a few days and check for page outs.

    Here is mine after several days running about every app you could imagine. (Not making Toy Story though :))

  5. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    Generally you know if you really need the extra RAM - all these people dropping 32GB into their new Macs right after opening the box are really just going for overkill at the moment.

    Even 16GB is almost overkill. I have 16GB in mine (added an extra 8 on top of the stock RAM with another 2x4GB for considerably less than the 32GB crowd paid for their 4x8GB) and I've never had a page out despite very heavy use - I even threw 8GB at the virtual machine just for fun and still never hit a page out with both OSes running together.

    At this point I'd say that 8GB is more than likely enough, 16GB by adding a pair of 4GB modules is extremely cheap and will be good for a few years for 95% of users, and 32 GB is just overkill :D

    If in a year you are feeling the pinch (unlikely, but still), the 8GB sticks will be much cheaper than they are now.

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