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'11 iMac memory upgrade - does vendor matter?
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Jul 27, 2011, 02:51 PM
 
I'm going to order a new, loaded iMac but would rather buy 16GB of RAM outside of Apple's crazy prices. In the past, I never thought the memory manufacturer mattered and I'm wondering if that is still the case. Recently my company upgraded a few devices and it seriously affected a Mac Mini. I normally buy from Amazon and get either Corsair, Kingston or Crucial, which all seem like good vendors. I'm also looking at buying right from Samsung, which is only a bit more but should be exactly what Apple uses when it upgrades memory, yes? The Samsung memory is here: http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/m...ge/MV-3T4G4/US (model: MV-3T4G4).

Any advice here? I know there are a million memory upgrade threads. There isn't a sticky on the subject at the moment though and I figured perhaps now is time to see if things are status quo or if anything has changed. Thanks.
( Last edited by ph0ust; Jul 27, 2011 at 03:48 PM. Reason: had wrong link and product model)
     
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Jul 27, 2011, 02:53 PM
 
The previous generation regularly had serious issues when upgraded to 16 GB using anything other than Samsung memory.

I don't know whether that's still true. Fact is, the Samsung worked better than any other brand, for reasons that are bordering on the metaphysical.
     
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Jul 27, 2011, 03:03 PM
 
Apple also uses Hynix.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Jul 27, 2011, 03:38 PM
 
Is there a way to confirm the model of Samsung RAM used in current iMac lineup? I haven't found that anywhere online.
     
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Jul 27, 2011, 04:09 PM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
Apple also uses Hynix.
Not in the previous-generation iMacs, AFAIK.
     
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Jul 27, 2011, 04:13 PM
 
You could well be right. I don't get to service new ones as often as I used to.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Jul 29, 2011, 04:48 AM
 
I'm currently running 16gb (4x4) MV-3T4G4/US Samsung RAM in my 2011, core i7 quad-core iMac. It's been very reliable. No memory errors.
     
   
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