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Old May 30, 2008, 01:32 AM   #1
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RAM for G5 MAC

so i have a friend who has a G5 MAC computer, and is looking to upgrade his RAM. Now, i know know nothing about MAC computers.

What kind of RAM is used by this MAC computer? Can i just get any kind of memory? if not, what kind of memory is required? Is it any kind of special MAC memory, or can i go to any PC shop and buy some RAM off the shelf and pop it in the machine? He is looking at getting 2GB of RAM for his machine.
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if i remember right, the only difference between standard PC memory and "Mac" memory is the guarantees they have, like it is guaranteed to run on MAC.

it is pretty much the same stuff.... there are alot of people that put Kingston ValueRAM in their systems with great results,
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so, i could pretty much get any kind of RAM for this thing?

but what kind of RAM does it use? DDR, DDR2? that's something else i need to know about this thing.
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I believe (but don't quote me) most mac's need high density ram modules. Just like the nForce 2 boards needed back in the day. Almost all ram should work fine except for lower grade stuff.
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I believe (but don't quote me) most mac's need high density ram modules. Just like the nForce 2 boards needed back in the day. Almost all ram should work fine except for lower grade stuff.
so any of these will work with my friend's g5?

here are the MAC "certified" RAM modules....a much shorter list, lol.
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The ones from the first 'should' work. I would likely still buy the 'Apple' ram.
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but the g5 does use DDR ram right? not anything else?
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depends on what G5 it was. Later G5s uses DDR2.
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*sigh* that's something else i need to ask him then.
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there's no REAL benefit to buying "Apple" ram for the mac, as long as you get the right spec ram you'll be fine.

As for which Ram it uses, check the "About This Mac" display (Apple Menu - About This Mac) - It'll tell you what spec ram it's currently using
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Easier, open the G5, take out a module and see it for yourself... Then, buy the right kind of ram lol
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there's no REAL benefit to buying "Apple" ram for the mac, as long as you get the right spec ram you'll be fine.

As for which Ram it uses, check the "About This Mac" display (Apple Menu - About This Mac) - It'll tell you what spec ram it's currently using
thanks . i'll have to tell my friend to go through these steps to verify this.

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Easier, open the G5, take out a module and see it for yourself... Then, buy the right kind of ram lol
easier said than done. my friend here doesn't know how to open up his case and i'll have to open up this box.
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depending on what sort of "G5" it is, whether a power mac or imac, will depend on how easy it is to open

powermac - there's a lever on the back next to the PCI brackets that you pull, which will unlock the sidepanel and you can easily remove it then
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