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How can I improve my imac performance?

4373 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Apr 28, 2011 10:50 PM by ilanel RSS
ilanel Calculating status...
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Apr 25, 2011 6:21 PM

Hi guys,

 

When I'm using a complex files on Adobe illustrator CS4, it crashes...

How can I improve my imac performance?

 

 

Here's my system's specs:

  Model Name:    iMac

  Model Identifier:    iMac11,1

  Processor Name:    Intel Core i5

  Processor Speed:    2.66 GHz

  Number Of Processors:    1

  Total Number Of Cores:    4

  L2 Cache (per core):    256 KB

  L3 Cache:    8 MB

  Memory:    4 GB

  Processor Interconnect Speed:    4.8 GT/s

  Boot ROM Version:    IM111.0034.B02

  SMC Version (system):    1.54f36

 

Thanks for youyr help!

iMac
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,500 points)
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    Apr 26, 2011 9:42 AM (in response to ilanel)

    Max your RAM. Or limit the number of apps that you are using during those times you need to use Illustrator.

    '09 Mac mini, '06 iMac, iPad 2, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iOS (4.3.2) Mac fanboy since 1984!
  • Rich M. Calculating status...
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    Apr 26, 2011 5:38 PM (in response to ilanel)

    By "Maxing your RAM we mean go out and purchase/Install the maximum amount of RAM you can afford or the maximum amount of RAM the iMac can take. In this case, I notice you have 4 GB of RAM installed. For around 200.00 dollars, you can purchase 16GB of RAM (Max for Imac) and install it yourself. You can get the ram at www.macsales.com.

  • jax44 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Apr 26, 2011 5:39 PM (in response to ilanel)

    You can order more RAM from Apple or other parties such as OWC. RAM is easily changed by the user and is ok to do as far as the warranty is concerned if using Apple RAM.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,500 points)
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    Apr 26, 2011 6:25 PM (in response to jax44)

    One does not have to use "Apple RAM". 3rd party RAM does not affect the Apple warranty as long as it is the correct RAM for the particular iMac. Apple RAM is almost double in price to the same RAM elsewhere.

     

    Crucial and OWC are very good choices because it has a lifetime guarantee and both venders guaantee the RAM to work in the Mac for which it is bought.

    '09 Mac mini, '06 iMac, iPad 2, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iOS (4.3.2) Mac fanboy since 1984!
  • jax44 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Apr 26, 2011 6:40 PM (in response to Dah•veed)

    Thanks, I thought I might be wrong on that. From experience OWC is very good.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)
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    Apr 26, 2011 6:42 PM (in response to ilanel)

    Please note the following about going to 16 GB RAM:

     

    There have been quite a few reports here that maxing it to 16 GB of OEM RAM (RAM that comes with the machine, which lately has been either made by Samsung or Hynix) is fine; however, maxing it at 16 GB with third party RAM may result in a number of problems. So, if you want to have 16 GB, I'd suggest using only the same RAM the Mac came with (which will be far more expensive).

     

    This can easily be avoided by going to 12 GB RAM total with third party RAM; in fact, that is what I did: I had 4 GB and added 8 GB RAM purchased from OWC (macsales.com). Works like a charm.

  • Rich M. Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 26, 2011 7:20 PM (in response to babowa)

    I'm using 16GB of Crucial Memory that I purchased for a little less then 200.00 dollars and have had zero problems...

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)
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    Apr 26, 2011 8:31 PM (in response to Rich M.)

    That's great; I brought it up because I prefer to err on the side of caution and have been involved in too many threads detailing the problems with 16 GB of third party RAM in the new iMacs that I prefer to suggest caution. As was mentioned earliier, both Crucial and OWC are excellent, but some people had problems with 16 GB of either of those brands - that was one reason why I decided to leave it at 12 GB myself for the time being.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,500 points)
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    Apr 26, 2011 10:01 PM (in response to babowa)
    There have been quite a few reports here

    Links?

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)
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    Apr 26, 2011 10:45 PM (in response to Dah•veed)

    I figured you'd ask for those    Since I can't remember the topic/subject line, I have no idea if I have enough time  in this life to try to find them - I had subscriptions for all of them, but of course, those went poof into cyberspace.

     

    Edit: Athough the search function does not work well (could not specificy 'iMac' - would get "unauthorized to search" every time), so I had to go through quite a few, but I found two of the major threads:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/12417693#12417693

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/12807961#12807961

     

    Enjoy reading....

     

    Barbara

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