Crucial set me a pretty simple challenge recently. All I had to do was use their online system to see if I had room in my iMac for any upgrades, then pick one, fit it and see if it noticeably improved the day-to-day performance of my computer.
The system scan
The Crucial System Scanner is a teeny piece of software you download from the Crucial website. There’s a version for PC and Mac and it’s perfectly safe – it simply cuts out the faff of trying to dig into your System Information settings by running a quick script and then taking you a webpage with all of your results.
These were mine:
Choosing an upgrade
As you can see, I had two free 4GB memory slots, so that’s what I ordered. The cool thing about the scanner is that I knew I was ordering a suitable product.
Fitting the upgrade
The two sticks arrived in a little jiffy bag.
I’d never opened up my iMac before, so I visited the Apple website and found a guide to installing memory in a 27″ mid-2013 iMac.
This involved unplugging it, laying it down on its front and popping open a small compartment at the back. You lift up two arms and then push the memory into the empty slots.
All seemed to go smoothly, but when I turned the iMac back on…nothing. Eek!
A quick Google on my phone revealed that I hadn’t pushed the new sticks in far enough until they click, so I unplugged the machine again, re-fitted the sticks and breathed a huge sigh of relief when the computer booted up as normal.
Checking my new settings
To make sure everything had gone smoothly, I ran the Crucial System Scanner again. Success!
Changes in performance
In general, it does seem a bit faster, but the most noticeable change has been when working on my regular weekly feature, #recipeoftheweek.
Part of running that feature involves visiting, reading and sharing 50-60 blogger recipes. If I open them all at once, that’s a lot of processing power and tends to cause my system to slow down or even become temporarily unresponsive. Having that many tabs loading at once can also cause a lag when switching between pages, but things are definitely faster since the upgrade.
So, is upgrading difficult? Not really. Is it worth it? Yes, I’d say so.
If you want to see what upgrades you could get, and what they’d cost, just visit uk.crucial.com
I was sent the memory for review