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iBeard
2005-01-25, 18:26
I'm looking to get another stick of 512MB of RAM for my brand new 20" iMac, but I heard about of alot of incompatibility with OS X/G5s and "other" RAM like Kingston, Corsair, Mushkin, etc... I would just buy some of that off of Newegg.com, but I want to get some RAM that I know will work and RAM from Apple is just WAY too expensive. I've seen a few sites that sell RAM specifically for certain models of Macs, but I don't know how reliable these sites are... So basically I'm asking where do y'all buy your RAM from? Thanks.

naren
2005-01-25, 18:42
I like OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com/) myself but I believe newegg is a favorite around here. I ordered a Samsung PC2700 which is the same as the RAM which came factory installed on my AL-PB except that it cost me half as much as Apple wanted to charge. :cool: I suppose there might be a different story with G5 RAM though....

Luca
2005-01-25, 18:59
Go OWC for RAM. NewEgg is generally great for miscellaneous computer junk, but their RAM selection is spotty and I've heard of some people having compatibility problems with RAM from NewEgg. OWC will cost a few bucks more than NewEgg, but it's a Mac shop so you'll definitely get something good.

HUGE EDIT: NewEgg is fine. A few years ago there were still lingering problems with Mac compatibility with certain brands, but that's all over now.

Brad
2005-01-25, 19:07
I've had great luck with RamJet.com, OWC, and Crucial.com. Some for work, some for home.

torifile
2005-01-25, 21:12
What's up with the title? I can't make sense of it...

Anyway, I've been ok with random RAM from whereever it's cheapest. I haven't got a clue what brands I'm using in my powerbook or eMac. I *think* the emac ram is valuemax but I'm not sure...

Luca
2005-01-25, 21:15
Fixed the title for you.

By the way, the only reports I've heard of RAM from NewEgg not working in Macs is with a certain 1 GB SO-DIMM (laptop memory) made by a company called "Kingmax." I've seen one or two people say that they got this for their PowerBooks and it didn't work. So you can probably still go to NewEgg, but maybe just avoid the Kingmax RAM. I think desktop RAM is generally less fussy anyway.

Jay
2005-01-25, 21:33
I've gotten the RAM for my PowerBook from OWC and I haven't had any problems. At the time they were actually the cheapest around.

tricki
2005-02-22, 00:49
Fixed the title for you.

By the way, the only reports I've heard of RAM from NewEgg not working in Macs is with a certain 1 GB SO-DIMM (laptop memory) made by a company called "Kingmax." I've seen one or two people say that they got this for their PowerBooks and it didn't work. So you can probably still go to NewEgg, but maybe just avoid the Kingmax RAM. I think desktop RAM is generally less fussy anyway.
hey Luca ...u mentioned that you've heard of 1GB kingmax ram not working with the PB .....would u have any other brands to recommend....What about kingston? Mine is the 12" 1.5 Ghz one. I would like to buy a 1 GB ram but am looking ard for a reliable brand that won't mess with OS x...thanks

FFL
2005-02-22, 00:54
Kingston seems to be better than Kingmax, and occasionally better even than Crucial, esp. in PowerBooks.

If you want guaranteed-to-work-with-your-Mac RAM, though, I'd check out transintl.com and macsales.com (OWC)

Brad
2005-02-22, 00:55
Moving to the Purchasing Advice forum...

MacWins
2005-03-25, 22:17
According to my PB, these are my specs:

Machine Model: PowerBook G4 15"
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1.25 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 512 MB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.7.1f1

On the OWC site, I can't find the computer I have on the list to select the proper RAM. Can someone help?

MacWins
2005-03-25, 22:44
Nevermind....I found it. Sorry. The category was labeled funny.

Is there any difference between the 1G Samsung RAM ($240) or the other 1G RAM for less money? Which is recommended?

holbox
2005-03-25, 22:56
i bought from 2 GB fromCrucial. Works fine on my PowerMac G-5. They run full page ads in Mac World & I thought that they'd have to be pretty dumb to spend that much stroking a limited market with bad goods.
Their price was right too!

MCQ
2005-03-25, 23:22
I'll go ahead and recommend a 1GB stick from Mushkin. Around $200 - good customer service and quick shipment. Free pen too! :D

donniedarko
2005-04-03, 05:35
hey you guys, i just found this 1 gig stick of kingston ram (http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4389075) for $139.00. I didn't think it came cheaper than the kingmax ram over at new egg. Is the kingsting rambetter than the kingmax ram or are they both sketchy?

don't forget to set your clocks back. :)

Performa636CD
2005-04-03, 08:21
clocks back?

EmC
2005-04-03, 13:34
Spring forward. And some people don't do it. It is a daylight savings reminder. So if your locality does change thier time in accordance with daylight savings . Sunday morning(this morning) the time at 1:59AM jumped to 3:00AM.

dgh
2005-04-09, 09:05
I've got 2*Kingmax 256Mb pc133 SO-DIMM in my old Tangerine iMac (with Sonnet G3 600MHz upgrade). It worked fine until I updated to 10.3.8 and I kept getting Kernel panics. I've gone back to 10.3.7 and everything is fine again. This RAM was by far the cheapest in the city at the time.

dgh

marklovesportland
2005-04-27, 01:07
When some of you write than some memory is "better" than others, exactly what does that mean? Does non-Apple memory work properly, or does it NOT?

alcimedes
2005-04-27, 01:11
When some of you write than some memory is "better" than others, exactly what does that mean? Does non-Apple memory work properly, or does it NOT?

Depends. Apple RAM is just the same RAM you get from everywhere else. Usually the only real difference between "good" RAM and "bad" RAM is that one brand actually tests their chips before they send them out the door. So as long as you buy decent quality RAM, it shouldn't matter what brand it is, it will work in a Mac just fine.

However, I have also seen on occasion cheap RAM chips that will work fine if they're the only chip in a machine, but when paired with other cheap memory one of the two chips either won't register at all, or will register only some of the total RAM on the chip.

Again, you get what you pay for. Paying more for RAM though usually just means that someone else has already tested it for you, and you're getting a good chip. (usually)

pilot1129
2005-04-29, 19:05
when i called up and registered my powerbook and applecare, i asked them about the ram. the representative told me it voids my applecare to install any ram that isnt sold to me by apple. sounds like bs to me, not even microsoft/hp/dell/sony do that to you. any one have further insight into this?

alcimedes
2005-04-29, 19:31
That's fucking bullshit. However, they will ask you to remove 3rd party RAM before you send it back to them if it needs to be repaired so they can rule that out. They don't like testing other people's hardware.

csb
2005-04-30, 18:04
I purchase an E Mac from Comp USA and they did the ram upgrade 2x 512, i think it is centon not sure, yes i did have a problem (over a year later) with what Apple care said was a kernel panic so the tech told me that it was the ram and to put the original 256 chip back in I did and it didn't help, then i read here or another site about switching the chips around place them in opposite slots tried that and guess what it hasn't happened since.
Apple care didn't make a big deal of it just told me that they don;t cover the ram from other manufactures, I'm new to apple but i think they just want you to purchase the ram from them and their prices are way to high. Most ram i've looked at over the years (using pc's) had lifetime warranties.

FFL
2006-01-02, 16:54
That's fucking bullshit. However, they will ask you to remove 3rd party RAM before you send it back to them if it needs to be repaired so they can rule that out. They don't like testing other people's hardware.
Very true.
Of course, you should always remove 3rd party RAM when troubleshooting hardware problems, anyway. And definitely remove it before sending the machine to Apple, whether they ask you to or not.

Kraetos
2006-01-16, 23:25
I purchase an E Mac from Comp USA and they did the ram upgrade 2x 512, i think it is centon not sure, yes i did have a problem (over a year later) with what Apple care said was a kernel panic so the tech told me that it was the ram and to put the original 256 chip back in I did and it didn't help, then i read here or another site about switching the chips around place them in opposite slots tried that and guess what it hasn't happened since.
Apple care didn't make a big deal of it just told me that they don;t cover the ram from other manufactures, I'm new to apple but i think they just want you to purchase the ram from them and their prices are way to high. Most ram i've looked at over the years (using pc's) had lifetime warranties.

Had same problem, cept within only 1 week of installing. Bought 1 gig of Centon RAM, and it was causing kernel panics before the machine could even load the entire OS. Pulled the Centon out, put the stock 256 and the 512 I bought from smalldog back in, and all problems were solved.

I recommend Smalldog. I returned that 1 gig and ordered another gig from smalldog (at nearly half the price) - hasn't arrived yet, but I'll let you know how it worked when it gets here.

Wyatt
2006-02-15, 22:56
I just wanted to drop in with another recommendation for NewEgg. I hadn't ordered anything from them in a while, but I just got 1GB of RAM for my Mac mini, and I couldn't be happier! They've updated their searching tool now, as well. Before, you were lucky if any of the RAM had voltage specs or some of the other pickier numbers that Macs need (RAM for the mini, for example, has to be 2.5v exactly). It was SO easy for me to tailor the search for my needs. Kudos to NewEgg on the update, and a huge recommendation from me.

INBLEW
2006-06-24, 23:50
I bought two 1 GB of DDR2 off of www.mushkin.com for my imac intel core due and so far it has worked flawlessly :)

$119 for 1GB - so in my case.. I recommend MUSHKIN..

alcimedes
2006-06-25, 10:34
NewEgg has 1GB chips for the iMacs and Macbooks/MBP's for $79 each. I've bought 10 of them so far with no problems. Used to be crucial was cheap, but they've been very expensive lately.

Wyatt
2006-06-25, 11:31
NewEgg has 1GB chips for the iMacs and Macbooks/MBP's for $79 each. I've bought 10 of them so far with no problems. Used to be crucial was cheap, but they've been very expensive lately.
I got 1GB of Corsair Value Select there for my MBP for $84. Great RAM. I buy it all the time, and I've never had a problem.

Partial
2006-06-25, 13:15
Any of you guys ever use www.dealram.com ? I've used it for both of my macs now, going with their "generic" option instead of the name brand, and both times it has worked perfectly, been a timely delivery, and a well-wrapped package.

Benton
2006-06-25, 14:50
I favor Other World Computing www.macsales.com found through www.dealmac.com

josephhubbard
2006-06-27, 15:53
I got 1GB of Corsair Value Select there for my MBP for $84. Great RAM. I buy it all the time, and I've never had a problem.
could i buy two sticks of the corsair 1GB and put them in a MacBook?

babelfishi
2006-06-29, 14:50
What's the speed difference between 512 MB and 1 GB RAM anyways?

Wyatt
2006-06-29, 14:57
What's the speed difference between 512 MB and 1 GB RAM anyways?
Depends on what you're doing. If you run a lot of non-universal apps on an Intel machine, Rosetta is a RAM hog. Also, video and graphics editing tend to use quite a bit of RAM. If you're just using Mail and Safari, you're not likely to notice a difference.

kgarchar
2006-07-06, 09:26
Outpost.com has the best deals that I've found anywhere

http://shop2.outpost.com/catreq/974

$70 for a 1GB Stick and $150 for 2GB dual channel kit (both DDR2-5300 667MHz SO-DIMMS)

irnchriz
2006-07-31, 11:28
Here in the UK I always aorder my RAM from Crucial (www.crucial.com/uk) There prices are pretty reasonable and they deliver next day as standard. I have only had to return RAM twice and this was due to a difference/revision of my customers motherboard that required a different speed of RAM from what I had ordered. Crucial accepted the return with no problems and shipped out the correct RAM for me.

Well recommended

Kraetos
2007-04-19, 15:57
I'm looking to buy a 2 GB stick for my new MacBook Pro. I favor NewEgg for all things electronic these days, so...

How does this look? (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220229)

Can you forsee any problems with that RAM in my MacBook Pro? It has very solid reviews, a good brand name, and the price is right.

Thanks!

Sketch
2007-04-19, 16:19
EU members (especially Germans and Austrians) check Geizhals (http://geizhals.at/deutschland/). Unfortunately the site is not in English.

RedBarchetta
2007-07-02, 12:44
http://www.canadaram.com

I'm not too intelligent when it comes to buying this kind of stuff but I would like to gather everyone's opinions. Unfortunately, My Core Duo iMac 20 inch screen only came with 512mb of RAM and I'm going off to university in the fall. I'm interested in buying another gig of memory for the machine since there is an empty slot available so I'm just wondering if this would be a good place to by the RAM (yes, i do live in Canada and therefore wish to buy the memory fro ma Canadian dealer).

thanks.

Boomerangmacuser
2007-08-29, 17:57
FWIW. I've bought RAM from these guys before and they're very good. They're based in Victoria BC. The rep was knowledgeable and offered two solutions for me. 1) The exact model of RAM used by Apple. 2) cheaper alternatives TESTED for compatibility with that hardware. I went for the exact match as it was still cheaper than elsewhere.

Hope this helps.

JohnnyTheA
2007-12-29, 02:30
Okay.... Is this for real? -> http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/53IM2DDR4GBK/

I JUST bought a 2.4 GHz 20 in iMac and wanna max out the RAM. Can I really get 4 fricking Gigs for $100? Its hard to believe RAM is so cheap...

JTA

Benton
2007-12-29, 12:54
OWC listing maybe an error. Go ahead and order then see if order is filled. Let us know what happens.

JohnnyTheA
2008-01-03, 04:56
Okay, its for real. I paid $97 for 4 GIGS of RAM for my 2.4 GHz iMac. I paid for 2-day shipping with UPS but it came the next business day after OWC shipped. Nice. Its nice being able to run MANY applications at once with no beach ball. I had handbrake grinding along, WOW, Firefox, and Safari all running at the same time..


JTA

Eugene
2008-01-03, 05:10
I will buy RAM from any of the following:
NewEgg
ZipZoomFly
Mwave
Fry's / Outpost ... I stopped shopping at Outpost.com for a long time after they started charging sales tax and stopped doing free overnight, but they now have a store pick-up option for the SF Bay Area and their web prices are sometimes significantly lower.

blitz71093
2008-02-06, 22:02
I have a macbook 2 GHz. What combination of ram chips should i purchase for top performance? I was thinking about getting 2 X 2GB. But can my computer even handle that? If you can't tell I don't know a whole lot about computers.

FFL
2008-02-06, 23:27
I have a macbook 2 GHz. What combination of ram chips should i purchase for top performance? I was thinking about getting 2 X 2GB. But can my computer even handle that? If you can't tell I don't know a whole lot about computers.See Below.
Click Link.
Buy RAM.
Be Happy.

Okay.... Is this for real? -> http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/53IM2DDR4GBK/

I JUST bought a 2.4 GHz 20 in iMac and wanna max out the RAM. Can I really get 4 fricking Gigs for $100? Its hard to believe RAM is so cheap...

JTA

Yontsey
2009-03-27, 09:14
I was gonna try and get some RAM for my Dell Dimension 8200. It was my old college computer and I've been using it as a work computer the last several years. It comes to a crawl sometimes because it only has the stock 512 that came in it.

I went online and was looking up some and the prices are crazy. For what I paid last night for my MB Alum for 4gb, it cost me about the same for 2x256 sticks, which is crazy.

Anyone know where I can get a couple matching sticks cheap? 2x256 would be ok I suppose, but I'd really like to get 2x512.

I've been looking around and checked ebay and everything. Looking for some suggestions.

Luca
2009-03-27, 09:57
I looked it up and apparently the Dimension 8200 uses RDRAM, an early, long-discontinued competitor to DDR used in early Pentium 4s. Because it's no longer being made, or maybe it's being made but only in small quantities, it's expensive.

Like I said, not worth it. For $200 you could just about get a newer used desktop with a Pentium D (late dual-core Pentium 4), Athlon 64, AMD Sempron, or maybe even an early Core Duo or Athlon X2.

EDIT: In fact, Walmart sells a really cheap desktop for $130 (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7754614). NewEgg sells the same for $140 + shipping so if you can pick it up instead of buying it online you'll save a bit.

It won't be a screamer... however, it takes DDR2, meaning you can upgrade it to 2-4 GB of RAM for really cheap. It ships with Linux (hence all the negative reviews on Walmart's site from idiots who bought it without looking at the box), but it's easy to install Windows.

If you want to move up a bit, more mainstream, powerful desktops should be available on Craigslist in the under-$200 range (as long as you're willing to negotiate), or you could probably build a really basic machine for about $300.

CFP
2010-05-18, 11:33
A question about using matched RAM modules...

I'm looking to upgrade the memory on my rev-A MacBook 1.83 Core Duo. (I know that Apple says the max ram for this machine is 2gb, but I've read lots of reports to the contrary, saying it's an 'artificial' maximum and that the machine can address more. Hope this is correct!)

So my question is: I currently have two 512mb modules. I know you get better performance from having matched pairs, but which is better: two matched pairs of new 1gb modules, or one old 512mb module with a new 2gb module?

Would having matched pairs outweigh the benefits of an extra 512mb in unmatched pairs?

Any advice much appreciated! :)

Luca
2010-05-18, 11:38
I think I'd rather have the extra 512 MB, especially since you could pretty easily upgrade to 4 GB at some point in the future without having to toss both your RAM modules again.

CFP
2010-05-18, 13:20
Ahh... I've just read that the very first MacBook can only use 2GB of memory in total, after all.

Is there a performance difference between using 1 x 2GB module and 2 x 1GB modules?

Thanks again.

Luca
2010-05-18, 14:53
http://guides.macrumors.com/Understanding_Intel_Mac_RAM

I was going to say it doesn't make much difference, but I did some research and it turns out the old Core Duo (not Core 2 Duo) MacBooks are not only incapable of recognizing more than 2 GB of RAM, but they actually won't boot with more than 2 GB installed.

So if you do buy a 2 GB module, you'll have to ditch both your 512 MB modules anyway. In that case you may as well go with a matched pair of 1 GB modules since you get the added benefit of dual channel RAM.

The benchmark tests I've seen show almost no measurable difference between single- and dual-channel RAM (a few % at most), but the point is it can't hurt. The cost is about the same ($50-$60 either way) so there's no reason to get a single 2 GB module.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148086

CFP
2010-05-18, 17:31
Just ordered the two 1 GB modules! Along with finally upgrading from Tiger to Snow Leopard, I should really see a big difference.

Thanks a lot for your help.

Capella
2012-01-04, 13:51
So I'm about to place a newegg order, and I also want to toss in a RAM upgrade for my MacBook. It's the model 6,1 with the 2.2GHz Core2Duo. System Profiler says it's DDR3 RAM at 1067 MHz, but Newegg has several different kinds of that with different pin amounts (some have 204, some have 200). So what precisely should I be looking for for this model? I'd be looking to jump up to 4GB of RAM.

Dorian Gray
2012-01-04, 14:55
So I'm about to place a newegg order, and I also want to toss in a RAM upgrade for my MacBook. It's the model 6,1 with the 2.2GHz Core2Duo. System Profiler says it's DDR3 RAM at 1067 MHz, but Newegg has several different kinds of that with different pin amounts (some have 204, some have 200). So what precisely should I be looking for for this model? I'd be looking to jump up to 4GB of RAM.

The memory modules should be:
Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR3) format
30 mm (1.18 inches)
204-pin
1 GB or 2 GB
PC3-8500 DDR3 SO-DIMM 1066 MHz Type RAM
According to page 46 of this (http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacBook_13inch_Late2009_UG.pdf).

The shop might not label the modules as comprehensively as this, but if they don't, it's probably because it doesn't matter. Just make sure anything they do mention matches the above!

turtle
2012-01-04, 15:59
Looks like that model (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/Upgrade/DDR3_White) can actually get up to 8GB of RAM in it.

I'd get my RAM from NewEgg too. :)

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