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Old Aug 31st, 2005, 08:51 PM   #1
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Powermac G5 Ram question

Hey Everyone,

So I want to give my new Powermac some new RAM but I need something clarified first. I know that I must add "matched" ram and that I must add in pairs. What exactly does that mean, do I just buy two of the same brand and size or do I need to buy one of the packages with two sticks included in the one package?

I thought the packages with two RAM sticks were just some flash packaging to attract the masses into spending more but now I'm not so sure. Are these prepackaged bundles with two RAM sticks what is considered "matched" RAM?

What is everyone else putting in their Powermacs. I'd like to add two 1Gig sticks now and probably another two in a month.

Any brand suggestions? Any supplier suggestions?

Thanks to all, in advance, for your assistance.


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Even tells you which RAM to get.
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Very helpful link, Tiki!
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Old Aug 31st, 2005, 10:35 PM   #4
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You need to get two of the same speed, composition and capacity to go in the pair of sockets.
Whether it is packaged as a pair or not doesn't matter. BUT it is best to buy two of the same brand at the same time to ensure that the settings are identical on each. Even within the same brand and part number, there are changes in configuration over time.

If you buy from a reputable Mac seller, they will make sure you have a valid pair.

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Old Aug 31st, 2005, 11:20 PM   #5
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Hey guys I have 1.256 GB of RAM.

2 X 512 MB and 2 X 128 which was the stock in my Dual PowerMac G5 when I purchased it in early 2005. I have been contemplating upgrading to 3 GB. I run a lot of games, Photoshop, Maya, etc. on my machine so would it be worth my while to switch my 2 X 128 MB sticks for a pair of Gigs = 2 GB?

Anyone on here who owns a G5 PM that went up from 1 GB experience any huge improvement in overall system performance?

Thought I would ask in this thread since, well, it's somewhat on topic.
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