10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 23, 2009 2:27 PM by alangsam
Rezf Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
Hi all,
I tried the search function but could not locate an answer to my question:

I am in the process of buying an iMac 3.06 and am pondering whether to purchase it with 4GB or 8GB (money is not an object as my institution will pay for it regardless)

I have a few questions:
1) Are there any benefits of using 8GB of RAM in the present day or is it more of a "well suited system for the future" mindset that sets one to purchase an 8GB system?

2)Will I notice any system improvements using 8GB vs. 4GB RAM?

3) Does the current iMacs max out at 6GB of RAM making the other 2GB of the 8GB stick useless??

Thank you in advance for your inputs. and feel free to elaborate on your answers. I would love to learn abit about this stuff

PowerMac G5 Dual 2.5 1.5 GB RAM 23HD Display, PowerBook 15 1.67GHZ, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • 1. Re: The new iMacs: 4GB RAM vs. 8 GB RAM
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)
    Most people function just fine with 4 GB of RAM however you may see a performance increase with 8. Without knowing your computing habits or the applications you will be running and how many applications and windows you will have open at the same time now one can tell for sure how much improvment you will have.

    My only suggestion is if you decide to get the 8 GB upgrade to NOT buy it from Apple, you can save hundreds of dollars by purchasing from OWC or Crucial both reputable vendors.

    The current iMac's max out at 8 GB, this is stated in the specifications located at:

    http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html

    Regards,

    Roger
  • 2. Re: The new iMacs: 4GB RAM vs. 8 GB RAM
    Rezf Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    Thank you Roger
  • 3. Re: The new iMacs: 4GB RAM vs. 8 GB RAM
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)
    Your welcome and thank you for the star.

    Regards,

    Roger
  • 4. Re: The new iMacs: 4GB RAM vs. 8 GB RAM
    rosnbex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Roger, if I may piggyback on this question....

    I too am looking to purchase an iMac. I use multiple applications simultaneously (e.g., spreadsheets, Internet, QuickBooks, PhotoShop), but am NOT a gamer. Would there be much of a performance difference between the 2.66, 2.93 and 3.06GHz systems? Thanks!

    Ross
  • 5. Re: The new iMacs: 4GB RAM vs. 8 GB RAM
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)
    For those applications no there wouldn't be huge difference in performance. My personal opinion is to go with the 2.93 it's the best bang for the buck. I wouldn't stay with the 4 GB of RAM and if you need to purchase additional RAM (you probably won't need to) get it from somewhere like OWC which is considerably less money than Apple.

    Last going forward I would recommend starting a new thread, one that has already been answered sometimes aren't referred back to often.

    Regards,

    Roger
  • 6. Re: The new iMacs: 4GB RAM vs. 8 GB RAM
    rosnbex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you! I appreciate your insight. Glad that you referred back to an older thread too.

    Ross
  • 7. Re: The new iMacs: 4GB RAM vs. 8 GB RAM
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)
    Your welcome, by the way I misspoke I intended to say keep your iMac at 4 GB of RAM until you have a need to upgrade (if at all) to 8 GB. If you do decide to take that leap purchase the upgraded memory from someone like OWC which is considerably less expensive than Apple.

    Regards,

    Roger
  • 8. Re: The new iMacs: 4GB RAM vs. 8 GB RAM
    alangsam Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    well - photoshop is a memory hog.
    I am running 6GB on my home imac 2.8. going from 4 to 6 made a big difference with multiple apps and iMovie. I make HD movies and it takes all the memory it has installed.
  • 9. Re: The new iMacs: 4GB RAM vs. 8 GB RAM
    David Farah Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    About your 2.8....

    Any other apps on your system that seemed to run faster with 6 vs. 4?
  • 10. Re: The new iMacs: 4GB RAM vs. 8 GB RAM
    alangsam Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Well my issue is that I have large iPhoto iMovie and I tunes libraries
    always open along with online backup running in backround
    safari with mltipke tabs. Their were timed when
    it was paging and sytem got very slow. Doesn't happen with 6
    if you plan on running fusion or parallels 6 or even 8 is a must

    on the other hand if all u r doing is Internet and word
    4 or less is fine