[quote]Originally posted by murbot:
<strong>Just curious what other people are doing with RAM in their new Infected Mushrooms. (OK, OK, LCD iMacs...)
I have already bought a 256 MB chip, which I got for $62 (PC100 though - not that it matters I guess).
I am considering
j dumping it off and getting a 512 MB chip. They're around $180-$240 depending on where you look. I was looking at Crucial, because of their good track record and quality RAM - $215 there.
Just trying to decide if it's worth it. I wonder just how much more responsive OSX will be with 768 MB of RAM as opposed to 512. Hmmmm.....
What do you guys (and Belle and Kate
) have planned for your RAM upgrade?</strong><hr></blockquote>
It has been stated in the Apple iMac Flat Panel forum at <a href="http://discussions.info.apple.com/WebX?14@180.SEIOaLROham^0@.effb896/5
b896/5</a> by the Moderator that ALL (both inner/outer RAM slots) RAM slots should be populated with PC133 modules.
However, Apple Store shows the following when clicking on the "More Infor" link when wanting to upgrade from the default RAM size.
<strong>Note: SDRAM is closely correlated with your computer's processor. You should purchase PC100 or PC133-compliant SDRAM that has been tested and approved for your system. If you don't purchase memory directly from Apple, be sure to check with the third-party manufacturer to verify compatibility before purchase. Refer to your user's manual for a detailed description of the memory used in your computer.
There was some confusion about the outer slot being PC100 but apparently that was incorrect.
My advice is to wait for confirmation on what the exact RAM specs are before doing anything too rash.
As far as how much RAM and how much more responsive X might be having more RAM, I would simply say -- add as much RAM as you can afford. Mac OS X uses RAM very efficiently and will be that much more responsive overall.
Only the other day I was using PhotoShop Elements under Classic for manipulating an image and Classic's memory demand shot up to around 550MB. I have 1024MB (two 512MB PC133 168-pin DIMMs) in my iMac that I bought for around $107 a few months back.
BTW the inner RAM slot on the new iMac Flat Panel shouldn't be too difficult to get at -- remove the stainless steel bottom plate and then use a torx-15 screwdriver to remove the bottom plate that will then expose the logic board that holds the PC133 168-pin DIMM. This type DIMM is exactly the same as used in the PowerMac G4 towers and any iMac DV slot loader that has PC133 installed. The outer RAM slot holds PC133 144-pin SO-DIMM that Apple says is identical to that used in the iBook Dual USB's RAM expansion slot. These SO-DIMMs are more expensive than the PC133 168-pin DIMMs and note that Apple doesn't offer a 512MB SO-DIMM at the online Apple Store -- only offers a 256MB one!
N.B. When re-assembling be sure to use the Thermal paste as Apple recommends after replacing the RAM in the inner slot.
Hope that helps.
[ 01-19-2002: Message edited by: Barry Sharp ]</p>