RAM – Best buys

32GB RAM for an iMac

Mac Format - - IMPROVE YOUR MAC - £233 Man­u­fac­turer Cru­cial Specs DDR3 PC3-12800 un­buffered non-ECC 1.35V SO-DIMM

here are two types of RAM: DIMMs (long sticks) and SO-DIMMs (a bit squat­ter). Tra­di­tion­ally, desk­tops used DIMMs and lap­tops used SO-DIMMs, but with Ap­ple and oth­ers in­creas­ingly us­ing lap­top parts for its desk­tops (the iMac and Mac mini at least), most re­cent Ap­ple hard­ware all use SODIMMs. There are many dif­fer­ent speeds and types of SO-DIMM, and it’s very im­por­tant you make sure that you’re get­ting ex­actly the right RAM for your ma­chine to get the best per­for­mance from it.

Hap­pily, it’s in shops’ in­ter­est to make sure you’re buy­ing the right thing, not least be­cause some ven­dors such as Cru­cial of­fer a guar­an­tee that the RAM you buy will be com­pat­i­ble with your sys­tem. You can ei­ther shop man­u­ally – load­ing About This Mac and look­ing to see what kind of RAM you need – or by us­ing a se­ries of drop-downs at uk.cru­cial. com to iden­tify your model and find how much it can take. Cru­cial even of­fers an app for your Mac which will tell you what you need.

TIf you bought a 27-inch iMac a cou­ple of years ago, it would have come with 8GB RAM – a de­cent amount to run OS X and a hand­ful of mid-com­plex apps. But maybe since you bought it, you want to do some cre­ative work, and if you’re run­ning, say, Pho­to­shop, Fi­nal Cut Pro, 8GB is prob­a­bly start­ing to bite. Hap­pily, you can dou­ble it for £116, or max it out to a very com­fort­able 32GB for re­ally not that much money at all – a solid in­vest­ment for any stu­dio.

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