Memory refers to integrated chips inside a computer that stores information and used by the operating system, software and hardware. Without getting into technical details, when you launch a computer program, it's temporarily stored in RAM, (otherwise known as random access memory or system memory). If you're running a number of programs simultaneously, such as your web browser, iTunes, Photoshop and Word, memory is allocated to each of them.
Current iMac models come with 8GB of memory but are configurable to 16GB for the two entry-level models and up to 32GB for the 3.2 or 3.4GHZ quad core- Intel Core i5 processor. While 8GB of memory is more than adequate to run MAC OS, when loading powerful programs like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro X and coupled with your web browser, Mail and other apps, memory will be devoured quickly and your computer’s performance will dwindle. You can see for yourself by using OS Maverick’s Activity Monitor. This app can be found by going to your Applications folder, clicking on the Utilities folder, then locating Activity Monitor and clicking it on, then clicking on the Memory tab at the top center. Alternatively, you can try a keyboard shortcut by simultaneously pressing Command-Shift-U. After clicking on Activity Monitor, what you will see may surprise you, in the amount of apps using your computer’s memory.
In business specializing in Apple accessories, hardware and upgrades for more than 25 years, Other World Computing features one of the world’s largest online catalogs of computer and smart device products. One integral component of its online catalog is memory upgrades, including a wide variety of Apple computers - iMacs, the latest Mac Pro, MacBook Pros, and earlier models, such as PowerMacs, PowerBooks and yes, even Performas.
Other World Computing’s memory is tested in-house, comes with a Lifetime Advanced Replacement Warranty and meets or exceeds manufacturer specifications. You can also get a rebate from Other World Computing (OWC) by sending in your old memory modules. Making it even easier, OWC features a vast library of how to install memory videos.
After upgrading my iMac from its original configuration of 4GB memory to its max memory of 32GB, I was completely sold and with OWC. With the help of their Memory Install Video, four 8GB modules were installed in just minutes and, in my humble opinion, is easy enough for even a technically challenged computer user, granted the install video is followed carefully. To further prove a point, OWC’s Skill Level for this particular video was classified as “Easy”.
Once new memory modules were installed, I powered up my iMac and immediately noticed a significant difference in loading all the startup applications. Everything, including Photoshop, Word, Mail and everything else now runs much faster and although internet speed won't be increased, Safari and Chrome performs far more efficiently. In fact, everything now runs blazing fast and almost as good as having a new computer, but at less than 25 percent of the cost.
Among the biggest frustrations a computer user experiences, is waiting for a computer program to load or complete a task. Symptoms are easy to spot on your screen, it's the spinning wheel or Apple logo that prevents you from doing anything else. The obvious solution to allay these frustrations is to upgrade the computer with more memory. My advice is to check with one, if not the best in the business for memory upgrades – Other World Computing via their website Macsales.com or by calling them at 1-800-275-4576. With my memory upgrade, they have my Seal of Approval and five stars for this review!