Memory upgrade advice for an iMac 27" Retina 2017


RobL

Link Posted 11/02/2020 - 10:48
My iMac has 4 memory slots on the back with 2 occupied by 8GB RAM cards (i.e.16GB), and I am finding that in Lightroom and Photoshop they are reaching full capacity and slowing everything down. To order 2x 8 GB cards from Apple costs £360 and 2x 16GB cards are £720, however there is a third party seller on eBay who will sell the 2x 16GB compatible cards from one of the same manufacturers as Apple uses for £149.00. Do any computer geeks have any views on the risks of going for the cheaper option?

prsjnb

Link Posted 11/02/2020 - 12:32
Look up your exact model using the upgrade advisor on the Crucial or Kingston websites. Both of these produce top quality memory and guarantee comparability with a no quibble warranty (I speak from experience). I checked on the Crucial site and entered the 2017 model as an example. For a 32GB kit, 2 x 16GB, the price was £119.00 inc. VAT and P&P.

If you haven't already done so, in addition to the memory you should consider upgrading to an SSD (the largest you can comfortablly afford and ideally larger than 512GB) for your OS and programmes. As an example, the Crucial MX500 is listed as a compatible upgrade at £65.00.

Other than the above, your looking at a change of computer to one with a similar amount of memory and SSD.

You might also want to consider ditching Photoshop and switching to something leaner and less resource hungry but similarly capable. For example Serif Affinity Photo link

Hope this helps.

Jon😉

Bertie54

Link Posted 11/02/2020 - 13:20
I used Crucial to upgrade my iMac to 4x 8Gb several years ago. No issues.
Steve

RobL

Link Posted 11/02/2020 - 13:22
prsjnb wrote:
Look up your exact model using the upgrade advisor on the Crucial or Kingston websites. Both of these produce top quality memory and guarantee comparability with a no quibble warranty (I speak from experience). I checked on the Crucial site and entered the 2017 model as an example. For a 32GB kit, 2 x 16GB, the price was £119.00 inc. VAT and P&P.

If you haven't already done so, in addition to the memory you should consider upgrading to an SSD (the largest you can comfortablly afford and ideally larger than 512GB) for your OS and programmes. As an example, the Crucial MX500 is listed as a compatible upgrade at £65.00.

Other than the above, your looking at a change of computer to one with a similar amount of memory and SSD.

You might also want to consider ditching Photoshop and switching to something leaner and less resource hungry but similarly capable. For example Serif Affinity Photo link

Hope this helps.

Jon😉

Thanks Jon, I am stuck with Photoshop as I have it free for a year. I donít think it helps that I also run AutoCad software which is hungry and of course the time machine is backing up to a separate hard drive as well.

The machine has a 2.12TB Fusion Drive most of which is available, I think the slots are just for operational stuff and I can free them up with CleanMyMac to an extent so hopefully the extra will sort it. I can also double the capacity of the two existing slots and the eBay seller says he would give me £32.00 for them in exchange.
Last Edited by RobL on 11/02/2020 - 14:00

barkin

Link Posted 11/02/2020 - 13:39
RobL wrote:
To order 2x 8 GB cards from Apple costs £360 and 2x 16GB cards are £720,

That's outrageous !

RobL

Link Posted 11/02/2020 - 14:05
barkin wrote:
RobL wrote:
To order 2x 8 GB cards from Apple costs £360 and 2x 16GB cards are £720,

That's outrageous !

I think I paid something like an extra £360 to upgrade from 8GB basic to 16GB when I ordered it directly from Apple.

barkin

Link Posted 11/02/2020 - 14:25
RobL wrote:
barkin wrote:
Quote:
To order 2x 8 GB cards from Apple costs £360 and 2x 16GB cards are £720,

That's outrageous !

I think I paid something like an extra £360 to upgrade from 8GB basic to 16GB when I ordered it directly from Apple.

And the moral of this story is...

jeallen01

Link Posted 11/02/2020 - 15:39
barkin wrote:
RobL wrote:
Quote:
RobL wrote:
To order 2x 8 GB cards from Apple costs £360 and 2x 16GB cards are £720,

That's outrageous !

I think I paid something like an extra £360 to upgrade from 8GB basic to 16GB when I ordered it directly from Apple.

And the moral of this story is...


That's Apple for you
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