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iMac - Do Macbook and iMac have the same ram?


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hey everybody. i have both an intel imac (1.83 17 inch) and a macbook (1.83 13.3 inch). ive looked around, and cant seem to find the answer...

i did a quick search on crucial, as i am thinking about dropping some ram in both of my machines. when searching, both come up with DDR2 PC2-5300. do both of these machines take the same ram? if so, im considering buying the 1 gig (512x2) deal and just putting the additional 512 in each machine. thanks in advance.
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Check the specs under about this mac I think it will tell you if your imac has an empty slot or not. My imac which is the 20" 2.16 had two 512's in it and the ram was DDR2 667 Mhz. Not sure what your macbook might need tho
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does the imac 20"c2d has to be a matched ram or not?
answer to self, No. only a core duo.
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ok, thanks for that... my question still isnt really answered i guess. does the macbook and imac use the same type of ram? are they interchangable? can you take ram out one machine, and put it in the other? thanks.
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ok, thanks for that... my question still isnt really answered i guess. does the macbook and imac use the same type of ram? are they interchangable? can you take ram out one machine, and put it in the other? thanks.
I am relatively new to Mac but unless the iMac is one crazy machine I would bet real good money they are not. Notebook RAM and desktop RAM is not the same.

I bought MacBook RAM on NewEgg and it was listed with the other notebook RAM.

So I would say, no.
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Yes, they use the same RAM (PC2-5300 SODIMM). The processor in the iMac is also the mobile Core 2 Duo (Merom).
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ok, i thought they would use the same ram... yes, the iMac is technically a desktop, but because of its size, is alot like a laptop.
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hey everybody. i have both an intel imac (1.83 17 inch) and a macbook (1.83 13.3 inch). ive looked around, and cant seem to find the answer...

i did a quick search on crucial, as i am thinking about dropping some ram in both of my machines. when searching, both come up with DDR2 PC2-5300. do both of these machines take the same ram? if so, im considering buying the 1 gig (512x2) deal and just putting the additional 512 in each machine. thanks in advance.

take note, a core duo needs a paired ram (2X same amount) while the C2D doesn't.
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take note, a core duo needs a paired ram (2X same amount) while the C2D doesn't.
There is no requirement for paired RAM so-dimms in the Core Duo or Core 2 Duo iMacs. The iMac Core Duo/Core 2 Duo with integrated graphics will have better graphics performance if the so-dimms are in matching pairs. From the Apple site: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303084
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