06-21-2013 05:32 AM
I purchased 2x2GB PC2-5300 chips and have added them to an iMac which should really have 2x2GB PC2-6400 chips (I got the spec wrong). The iMac is working fine and all else about the installed RAM is the same as it should be - just the installed RAM bandwidth is lower than it could be.
Is there likely to be any repercussions to this "wrong" RAM apart from maybe being slightly slower? If no other problems, would the 'speed' difference be noticeable?
Thanks in advance.
06-21-2013 10:58 AM
What is the processor speed and year of the iMac that you are you installing the RAM in? In most systems if you install a speed lower than recommended it will just run slower with no repercussions. However, in some Apple systems the RAM has to match all the same specs or you will run into issues. Issues that you may experience would be it running slowly or not functioning properly. All issues would be resolved when you remove the RAM and install the proper speed of RAM. Please let us know if you have any further questions about this upgrade.
06-22-2013 03:00 AM
Thanks for reply.
RAM is installed into: iMac8,1, - iMac (Early 2008), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.8 GHz.
Actual RAM purchased matches: iMac6,1 - iMac (24 inch), Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz
06-24-2013 10:00 AM
It appears that your iMac 2.8ghz 2008 model should only support the PC2-6400. It's your decision whether you would like to exchange the RAM or run it with the slower since the slower is currently working. If you do decide to exchange the RAM please contact us at here.
07-10-2013 01:12 AM
I invested in plenty of RAM, bought from you. It burned out and is no longer recognised. My next move was to get some more. I'm no eager to stretch the budget after previous dismal consequences. I can't do without my Mac Pro.
07-10-2013 11:29 AM
I am sorry for the issues you have experienced. All of our RAM has a limited lifetime warranty and if your RAM has failed we would be happy to set up a replacement. Please contact the customer support group in your area found here and we would be happy to set this up.