How To Upgrade RAM On iMac
This is very exciting topic I would like to share as I have just upgraded my iMac RAM. The original iMac when I first bought was 4GB (2 x 2GB) and it should be enough for normal usage if your iMac is used for normal web browsing, movie watching, music listening but not for heavy work like editing movie, or software programming compilation. I have upgraded my iMac RAM from 4GB to 12GB. It works seamlessly and I love the boosted performance of my iMac very much.
Why Should You Upgrade iMac RAM?
I have few reasons for myself to upgrade the iMac RAM. 4GB Ram is typical RAM size you can get when you purchase iMac from Apple Store.
1. 4GB is barely enough to run OSX Mountain Lion – I would say Mac OS X takes up a lot of RAM comparing to Windows OS.
2. To run heavy program – I run heavy program like Parallel 8 which can run Windows OS together inside OSX Mountain Lion. 2 operating system running at the same time, definitely you need more RAM to run for smooth performance.
3. RAM is cheap – I bought 2 x 4GB Strontium 1333MHz, it only costs SGD60. It is damn cheap. I recommend you to purchase the RAM when you feel it is cheap, the RAM will get price rise when the technologies are start outdating or some special reasons like nature disease cause manufacturing issue.
4. Smooth and better overall performance. – I do not like laggy and slow performance and this is also one of the main reason I upgrade the RAM of my iMac.
How To Upgrade iMac RAM
1. Firstly, understand your iMac model to know what is the Max RAM you can installed. Check here from Apple. [Please take note the RAM type and speed, DDR2 or DDR3, 1333MHz or 1600MHz]
2. Standardly, your iMac have total 4 slots and have used up 2 slots when you purchase iMac. You can choose to add additional 2 RAM or change all 4 slots of RAM. In my case, I added 2x4GB + original 2x2GB = 12GB.
3. Now, we start the hardware installation.
4. Move your iMac from desk.
5. The RAM slot is a the bottom of your iMac screen, see picture below.
6. Use a Philip screw driver to open 3 screws of the access door.
7. Untuck the tab in the memory compartment.
8. Insert 2 RAMs into the empty memory module slots. Take note the orientation of the RAMs when installation.
9. Reinstall the access door with 3 screws and Philips screw driver.
10. Stand your imac in right position and power up again your iMac.
12. You should see your RAM size increased to 12GB.
You are done and enjoy your iMac with RAM increased.