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15 What kind of memory should I use in my Mac? (Macintosh hardware)




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This article is from the Macintosh hardware FAQ, by Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

15 What kind of memory should I use in my Mac? (Macintosh hardware)

The easiest way to get this question answered is to ask your friendly,
mail-order memory dealer. If you tell them what model of Mac you
have, what memory you already have in your Mac, and how much you want
to add, they should be able to tell you exactly what you need.
Memory comes in many configurations. All desktop Macs from the Plus
through the Quadra 700, 900, and 950 use 30-pin SIMMs that normally
need to be added four at a time (except in the SE, the Plus and the
Classics where they're added two at a time and in the IIfx which uses
special 64-pin SIMMs that still need to be added four at a time).
Later Quadras, the LC III, and the Centris's use 72-pin SIMMs that
can be added one SIMM at a time. NuBus based PowerMacs also use
72-pin SIMMs but need them installed in pairs. All portable Macs
(PowerBooks, Duos, and the Portable) have one RAM slot to hold a special
card with extra RAM. Finally the PCI bus based PowerMacs use 110-pin
DIMM's (dual inline memory modules) that can be installed singly but
should be installed in pairs for maximum performance.

The chart below gives details for each model of Mac. For each model
it lists how much RAM is soldered to the motherboard, how many slots
are available to hold more RAM, what size memory is available for
those slots, different possible RAM configurations, what type of
memory is used (30-pin SIMM, 72-pin SIMM, or card type,) the minimum
speed of the RAM you should use in that model, and how many SIMMs or
cards need to be replaced or added at the same time.

                              Available  Physical RAM       Minimum Upgrade
     CPU     Onboard  Slots    Sizes    Configs (MB)   Pins  Speed    in
 __________  _______  _____  _________  _____________  ____  _____  _____
 Plus           0       4    256K,1M    1,2.5,4         30   150ns    2
 SE             0       4    256K,1M    1,2,2.5,4       30   150ns    2
 SE/30          0       8    256K,1M    1,2,4,5,8,16    30   120ns    4
                             4M,16M     17,20,32,64
                                        65,68,80,128 
 Classic        1       3    256K,1M    1,2,2.5,4       30   120ns    2
 Classic II     2       2    1M,2M,4M   2,4,6,10        30   120ns    2
 Color Classic  4       2    1M,2M,4M   4,6,8,10        30   120ns    2
 Mac II         0       8    256K,1M    1,2,4,5,8,17    30   120ns    4
                             4M,8M,16M  20,33,36,65,68
 Mac IIx        0       8    256K,1M    1,2,4,5,8,16,17 30   120ns    4
                             4M,8M,16M  20,32,33,36,64
                                        65,68,80,96,128
 Mac IIcx       0       8    256K,1M    1,2,4,5,8,16,17 30   120ns    4
                             4M,8M,16M  20,32,33,36,64
                                        65,68,80,96,128
 Mac IIci       0       8    256K,512K  1,2,3,4,5,6,8   30   80ns     4
                             1M,4M,8M   16,17,18,20,32
                             16M        33,34,36,64,65
                                        66,68,80,96,128
 Mac IIsi       1       4    256K,512K  1,2,3,5,17,33   30   80ns     4
                             1M,4M,8M   65
                             16M
 Mac IIvi       4       4    256K,512K  4,5,6,8,20,36   30   80ns     4
                             1M,4M,8M   36,68
                             16M 
 Mac IIvx       4       4    256K,512K  4,5,6,8,20,36   30   80ns     4
 (Performa 600)              1M,4M,8M   36,68
                             16M
 Mac IIfx       0       8    1M,4M,16M  4,8,16,20,32    64   80ns     4
                                        64,68,80,128
 LC             2       2    1M,2M,4M   2,4,6,8,10      30   120ns    2
 LC II          4       2    1M,2M,4M   4,6,8,10        30   120ns    2
 LC III         4       1    1M,2M,4M   4,5,6,8,12,20   72   80ns     1
                             8M,16M,32M 36
 LC 520         4       1    1M,2M,4M   4,5,6,8,12,20   72   80ns     1
                             8M,16M,32M 36
 LC 550         4       1    1M,2M,4M   4,5,6,8,12,20   72   80ns     1
                             8M,16M,32M 36
 LC 575         4       1    1M,2M,4M   4,5,6,8,12,20   72   80ns     1
                             8M,16M,32M 36
 LC 5200        4       2    4M,8M,16M  8,12,16,24,40   72   80ns     1
                             32M        64
 Centris 610    4       2    4M,8M,16M  4,8,12,16,20,24 72   80ns     1
                             32M        28,36,52,68
 Centris 650    8       4    4M,8M,16M  8,12,16,20,24   72   80ns     1
                             32M        32,40,68,72,132
 Centris 660av  4       2    4M,8M,16M  4,8,12,16,20,24 72   70ns     1
                             32M        28,36,52,68
 Quadra 605     4       1    4M,8M,16M  4,8,12,20,36    72   80ns     1
                             32M
 Quadra 610     4       2    4M,8M,16M  4,8,12,16,20,24 72   80ns     1
                             32M        28,36,52,68
 Quadra 630     4       1    4M,8M,16M  4,8,12,20,36    72   80ns     1
                             32M
 Quadra 650     8       4    4M,8M,16M  8,12,16,20,24   72   80ns     1
                             32M        32,40,68,72,132
 Quadra 660av   4       2    4M,8M,16M  4,8,12,16,20,24 72   70ns     1
                             32M        28,36,52,68
 Quadra 700     4       4    1M,4M,16M  4,8,20,68       30   80ns     4
 Quadra 800     8       4    4M,8M,16M  8,12,16,20,24   72   60ns     1
                             32M        28,32,36,40,44
                                        48,52,56,60,64
                                        68,72,80,84,88
                                        104,108,112,120,132
 Quadra 840av   0       4    4M,8M,16M  8,12,16,20,24   72   60ns     1
                             32M        28,32,36,40,44,48,52,56
                                        60,64,68,72,76,80,84,88
                                        96,100,104,112,128
 Quadra 900     0       16   1M,4M,16M  4,8,12,16,20    30   80ns     4
                                        24,28,32,36,40,48,52,64
                                        64,68,72,76,80,84,88,96
                                        100,112,128,132,136,144
                                        148,160,192,196,208,256
 Quadra 950     0       16   1M,4M,16M  4,8,12,16,20    30   80ns     4
                                        24,28,32,36,40,48,52,64
                                        64,68,72,76,80,84,88,96
                                        100,112,128,132,136,144
                                        148,160,192,196,208,256
 PowerMac 6100  8       2    4M,8M,16M  8,16,24,40,68   72   80ns     2
                             32M
 PowerMac 7100  8       4    4M,8M,16M  8,16,24,32,40   72   80ns     2
                             32M        48,56,72,80,88
                                        104,132
 PowerMac 7200  0       4    8M,16M,32M 8,16,24,32,40,  110 80ns     1
                             64M        48,56,64,72,80,
                                        88,96,104,112,
                             120,128,136,144,152,160,168,
                             176,192,200,208,224,256
 PowerMac 7500  0       8    8M,16M,32M  8,16,24,32,40, 110  80ns     1
                             64M        48,56,64,72,80,
                                        88,96,104,112,120,
                        128,136,144,152,160,168,176,184,192,
                        200,208,216,224,232,240,248,256,264,
                        272,280,288,296,304,312,320,328,336,
                        344,352,360,368,376,384,392,400,408,
                        416,424,432,448,456,464,480,512       
 PowerMac 8100  8       8    4M,8M,16M  8,16,24,32,40   72   80ns     2
                             32M        48,56,64,72,80,
                                        88,96,104,112,120,
                                        128,136,144,152,
                                        160,168,176,184,
                                        208,216,232,264
 PowerMac 8500  0       8    8M,16M,32M  8,16,24,32,40,  110  80ns     1
                             64M        48,56,64,72,80,
                                        88,96,104,112,120,
                        128,136,144,152,160,168,176,184,192,
                        200,208,216,224,232,240,248,256,264,
                        272,280,288,296,304,312,320,328,336,
                        344,352,360,368,376,384,392,400,408,
                        416,424,432,448,456,464,480,512
 PowerMac 9500  0       12   8M,16M,32M 8,16,24,32,40,  110  80ns     1
                             64M        48,56,64,72,80,
                                        88,96,104,112,
                        120,128,136,144,152,160,168,176,
                        184,192,200,208,216,224,232,240,
                        248,256,264,272,280,288,296,304,
                        312,320,328,336,344,352,360,368,
                        376,384,392,400,408,416,424,432,
                        440,448,456,464,472,480,488,496,
                        504,512,520,528,536,544,552,560,
                        568,576,584,592,600,608,616,624,
                        632,640,648,656,664,672,680,688,
                        704,712,720,736,768
 Portable       1       1    1M,2M,3M,4M 1,2,3,4,5          100ns     1
 PowerBook 100  2       1    2M,4M,6M    2,4,6,8       TSOP 100ns     1
 PowerBook 140  2       1    2M,4M,6M    2,4,6,8       TSOP 100ns     1
 PowerBook 145  2       1    2M,4M,6M    2,4,6,8       TSOP 100ns     1
 PowerBook 145b 4       1    2M,4M       4,6,8         TSOP 100ns     1
 PowerBook 150  4       1    2M,4M       4,6,8         TSOP 100ns     1
 PowerBook 160  4       1    4M,6M,8M    4,8,10,12     TSOP  85ns     1
                             10M         14
 PowerBook 165c 4       1    4M,6M,8M    4,8,10,12     TSOP  85ns     1
                             10M         14
 PowerBook 170  2       1    2M,4M,6M    2,4,6,8       TSOP 100ns     1
 PowerBook 180  4       1    4M,6M,8M    4,8,10,12     TSOP  85ns     1
                             10M         14
 PowerBook 180c 4       1    4M,6M,8M    4,8,10,12     TSOP  85ns     1
                             10M         14
 PowerBook 520  4       1    4M,6M,8M    4,8,10,12     TSOP  70ns     1
                             10M,32M     14,36
 PowerBook 520c 4       1    4M,6M,8M    4,8,10,12     TSOP  70ns     1
                             10M,32M     14,36
 PowerBook 540  4       1    4M,6M,8M    4,8,10,12     TSOP  70ns     1
                             10M,32M     14,36
 PowerBook 540c 4       1    4M,6M,8M    4,8,10,12     TSOP  70ns     1
                             10M,32M     14,36
 PowerBook 5300 8,16    1    4M,8M,16M,  8,16,24,32    ????  ????     1
 (all models)                32M,48M     40,64
 Duo 210        4       1    4M,8M,10M   4,8,12,14,16        85ns     1
                             12M,14M     18,24,32
                             20M,28M
 Duo 230        4       1    4M,8M,10M   4,8,12,14,16        85ns     1
                             12M,14M     18,24,32
                             20M,28M
 Duo 250        4       1    4M,8M,10M   4,8,12,14,16        85ns     1
                             12M,14M     18,24,32
                             20M,28M
 Duo 270c       4       1    4M,8M,10M   4,8,12,14,16        85ns     1
                             12M,14M     18,24,32
                             20M,28M
 Duo 280        4       1    4M,8M,10M   4,8,12,14,16        70ns     1
                             12M,14M     18,24,32,40
                             20M,28M,36M
 Duo 280c       4       1    4M,8M,10M   4,8,12,14,16        70ns     1
                             12M,14M,     18,24,32,40
                             20M,28M,36M

The Mac Classic requires an adapter card to expand the RAM from 1 MB.
This card includes 1 MB of extra memory and has two SIMM slots that
can either be left empty or filled with 256K or 1MB SIMMs. The slots
must be filled with the same size SIMM.

The Color Classic, LC, and LC II can only address 10 megabytes of
real RAM even if twelve megabytes of physical RAM are installed.

In the Mac II the first memory bank can only hold 256K or 1MB SIMMs
unless the FDHD upgrade is installed. Otherwise 4, 8, and 16 MB
SIMMs can to be installed only in Bank B. Furthermore both the Mac
II and IIx need an extra PAL chip on each four-megabyte or larger
SIMM as well as the normal eight DRAM chips. This is not the same as
the nine-chip SIMM used by PC's and workstations.

The Quadra 700 requires non-composite, low-profile 16 megabyte SIMMs
to fit under the internal hard drive. Composite SIMMs should also
not be used on 68040 AV Macs as they are practically guaranteed to
cause problems with the system due to the extra load and timing
required. Specifically you need to avoid 16MB SIMMs that use 32
4M-bit DRAMs rather than 8 16M-bit DRAMs.

PowerBooks use pseudo-static thin small-outline package cards
(TSOP's) of varying capacities. Duo's use special low-power,
self-refreshing dynamic RAM cards. Be sure to specify the model
you're ordering for when buying PowerBook RAM.

 

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