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    bmwstormer
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    G5 iMac RAM
    I am wondering what the best place to buy G5 iMac memory online... and how easy is it to get into the computer? Thanks! :headphone

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    To add to this question, does anyone know the EXACT brand of memory used in the iMac? I have a 20" model on its way to me right now with 512Mb aboard and would like to add an adition 512Mb. I'm a big fan of matched pairs when possible.

    -Chris

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    parishm
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    Quote Originally Posted by bassplayrr
    To add to this question, does anyone know the EXACT brand of memory used in the iMac? I have a 20" model on its way to me right now with 512Mb aboard and would like to add an adition 512Mb. I'm a big fan of matched pairs when possible.

    -Chris

    my 20" iMac came with Hynix memory and my friends came with
    Samsung. Apple also uses Micron memory. Removing the rear cover
    to change memory is very simple and involves loosening only 3 screws.



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    bmwstormer
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    Is any brand of SDRAM OK for use in an iMac?

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    parishm
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwstormer
    Is any brand of SDRAM OK for use in an iMac?

    as with all Macs you should only use quality RAM, you are asking
    for problems using the cheap generic stuff.

    i bought samsung memory to upgrade my iMac from macsolutions.com
    they have good prices and a good reputation.




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    Thanks parishm! :mac:

    -Chris

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    Crucial is as good a place as any - with a guarantee that it will work (unless faulty).

    Just go the new iMac G5, and for those in the UK, I bought a stick of PNY DDR 400 and it worked first time. However, the PNY that I bought for the eMac (which was standard SDRAM) worked, but only half of it was recognised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwstormer
    I am wondering what the best place to buy G5 iMac memory online... and how easy is it to get into the computer? Thanks! :headphone
    I like http://www.newegg.com for buying anything on the internet, their prices are usually the best and their service and shipping is great. Their return policy is also very good.

    Don't buy "cheap" or off brand stuff. I use Corsair myself in both my Power Mac G5 and iMac G5 and it works great.

    As for getting into the iMac G5, couldn't be easier. Put a soft towel down and lay the iMac monitor down on it. There are only a few screws in the back and the whole back comes off and the slots are right there. Very easy to get at and change.

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    ksun
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    I read an article (I'll see if I can find it) that said to make sure your RAM matches in the iMacs or else it won't use dual channel mode. Dual channel was shown to get about 5-7% performance boost on the iMac i saw tested.

    Ideally you wouldn't just get the same brand, but make sure it was from the same batch.

    The 512 in my iMac and the 512 upgrade I bought from apple were both Micron.

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    hi

    i disagree with some of the earlier posts ram is ram
    as long as its the same spec generic stuff works just fine
    in a mac. lets face it your mac is not gonna explode cos you fitted
    a third party brand of memory. if a pee cee can use it then a mac can.

    though i would always use matched pairs.

    as for fitting its a piece of cake on the imac g5 ( if i can do it
    anybody can)

    two phillips screws ,slide off back panel, slot memory on board
    - no problemo

    regards
    macbook pro 4gbram
    iphone6
    ipad 16gb

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    I guess you are not aware of the problems people had with certain RAM chips, when Apple made a change to several of their systems. Apple products are very picky when it comes to RAM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brendan67
    hi

    i disagree with some of the earlier posts ram is ram
    as long as its the same spec generic stuff works just fine
    in a mac. lets face it your mac is not gonna explode cos you fitted
    a third party brand of memory. if a pee cee can use it then a mac can.

    though i would always use matched pairs.

    as for fitting its a piece of cake on the imac g5 ( if i can do it
    anybody can)

    two phillips screws ,slide off back panel, slot memory on board
    - no problemo

    regards
    I got a imac G5 a week ago, installed a 1024 MB chip from the cheepist deal that i could find on the net. Did a full system check and everything was sweet, worked great for a few days and then the computer went completely dead, did nothing at all. As the computer was only a week old I didn't test it myself to see what was wrong and just took it back to the apple dealer (where it has been for a week now). My apple dealer blamed it on the ram that i had installed, is this possible? the ram was made by 'whitelake'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bobbins
    I got a imac G5 a week ago, installed a 1024 MB chip from the cheepist deal that i could find on the net. Did a full system check and everything was sweet, worked great for a few days and then the computer went completely dead, did nothing at all. As the computer was only a week old I didn't test it myself to see what was wrong and just took it back to the apple dealer (where it has been for a week now). My apple dealer blamed it on the ram that i had installed, is this possible? the ram was made by 'whitelake'.
    I doubt that the memory would have done anything, but they are certainly going to blame anything on you if you tell them you have done anything at all inside the computer.

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    flonejek
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    If the latency on the ram was slightly high it can throw out the clock cycle, causing your mac to hang but otherwise when u take it out it should be fine. I doubt they would blame it on you because of that, apple service has always been very good (IMHO)..., also there is a chance that it could have fryed your northbridge as I have never heard of whitelake ram and it might be dodgy...

    the northbridge is the bit that connects the cpu, ram, and graphics card...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flonejek
    If the latency on the ram was slightly high it can throw out the clock cycle, causing your mac to hang but otherwise when u take it out it should be fine. I doubt they would blame it on you because of that, apple service has always been very good (IMHO)..., also there is a chance that it could have fryed your northbridge as I have never heard of whitelake ram and it might be dodgy...

    the northbridge is the bit that connects the cpu, ram, and graphics card...
    Is the northbridge part of the midplane(motherboard) as thats what he said needed replacing?
    http://www.white-lake.com is the companys website.

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