Testing Your Mac RAM/Memory 6


Testing Your Mac RAM/Memory


If you have a new or old Mac, you may want to test out is memory. Although you will not need to do this every single day, once in a while is a good idea. Currently there are three applications out there that can do this for you. I am going to focus on one application. The three applications are Apples Memory Test, Memtest and Rember.

Apples Memory test, accessed from your install disk, does a basic memory test, but it is widely regarded as inaccurate. A good one to start out on, but is flawed. One of the best memory testing applications is Memtest. This program will test your computers RAM the most effectively. The only problem with memtest is that it costs $1.39. As well as this it is also a command line application. As a result it may not be suitable for everyone.

The final application, which I will review in this post is Rember. It is both free and as a GUI. Perfect for every day needs. If you head over the site and duzi the app you will be presented with a shot similar to the image below.

Rember will test all of your free memory. As a result if you have a lot of RAM hogging apps open it wont test a lot of RAM. As a result you will want to run this on an account with the most basic of apps open. But a basic account does yield good results. You will be presented with a screen similar to the one below if the pass succeed. It does take a while to run the more memory you have. So if you have a lot of RAM prepare to wait.

A good little application which you can use to test new memory as well as current memory. Its not prefect but it does a good job. If know of any other good RAM testing applications please leave a comment below.

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6 Responses to “Testing Your Mac RAM/Memory”

  1. 1

    Good article. Found it very helpful in providing me information about programs to test the ram.

    Comment By Mike on May 7th, at 12:17 pm

  2. 2

    What about memtest86+ it has Support for Mac’s these days and doesn’t appear to throw false positives anymore.

    Comment By Robert on October 2nd, at 3:05 am

  3. 3

    Does anyone know what this means after running rember test for Ram.

    ERROR: Memory lock failed – reason unknown.

    Comment By Christopher Tuscan on December 16th, at 3:37 am

  4. 4

    Try Memtest OS X found here.

    Comment By Paul on March 12th, at 5:52 pm

  5. 5

    Its really helpfull and informative , Amazing work ……

    Comment By zakopane apartament on December 16th, at 4:02 pm

  6. 6

    “ERROR: Memory lock failed – reason unknown.” mean you are in 32bit mode. So, you must restart pressing 6 and 4 in the same time, immediately after the boot.

    Comment By Florin Iaru on August 13th, at 7:55 pm