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Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by hcuar, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. macrumors 65816


    So... I just wanted to make sure that people are still having good luck with OWC ram in PMs...

    I saw that the following RAM is only 80 bucks from OWC:
    Samsung 512MB 184 Pin PC3200 DDR SDRAM DIMM

    It claims to work in Dual 1.8 PM (rev B).

    $80.00 per DIMM seems much nicer than $150.00 from Apple. (yes I realize I need to buy in pairs)
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    The memory you buy from Apple is Samsung too, I bought some from MemoryX and didn't have any problems with it (until I overheated it, but that's not the memory's fault!)
  3. macrumors G5


    No, the memory you buy from Apple is whatever brand Apple has contracted for as a suplier, and that varies week to week and model to model. Many of the G4 Powerbooks have consistently had Samsung DDR SODIMMs, however Mini's, G5s and eMacs can have Hynix (Hyundai), Elixir, Samsung, Micron or IBM DIMMs (among other brands).

    The brand name on the chip is no guarantee of compatibility of the module with your particular machine.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Ok... how the heck did you overheat the RAM? :confused: :eek: :confused:
  5. macrumors 68000


  6. macrumors member

  7. macrumors 65816


    Because... the stats on that DIM are incorrect. ;) They don't match what is required for the PM... In addition, I've tried Kingmax "value ram" in my PB... it doesn't work. Apple requires a very strict set of timings for their RAM. It's not as easy to buy RAM for a Mac as it is for a PC.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Umm... K? That doesn't help... I know the address for ebay.
  9. macrumors member

    What about Crucial? They have 512MB DIMMs they guarantee will work in the PM for $69.
  10. macrumors member

    I beg to differ. I've got a 1GB module in my rev D PB- no problems whatsoever. I'm really satisfied.
  11. macrumors 65816


    I thought about Crucial, but I'm concerned about the heat spreaders. I remember hearing about problems with them and Macs??? Is that true?
  12. macrumors member

    There's a really good article about mac compatible ram sticks and the best prices for them at:
    Just click on the apple tab at the top. There are also some really good articles about macs from a PC-users perspective.
  13. macrumors member

  14. macrumors 6502a


    My PB is way old, but it has a plain old 256 meg Kingston ValueRam stick in there and it works like a charm.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Mileage may vary on the different brands of RAM. I've had poor luck with Kingston in the past, therefore I avoid it. It might very well work for many people in all sorts of applications. I don't figure the $40.00 savings between Kingston and Crucial is worth the risk... So, I'll probably end up getting the Crucial as pointed out above. :D
  16. macrumors member

    Well, I haven't personally tried any of the memory ordered from Crucial in a PM, yet. I am getting ready to order some for my PM. So, I couldn't answer that at the moment, but I guess I'll find out...
  17. macrumors 68000


    Not to be rude or anything, but I don't see how those two sticks of RAM aren't compatible. I guess the only difference is the CAS 2.5 vs 3.0, perhaps that is what your talking about? Or is it because the memory is double sided?


    I guess I'm too used to the x86 world, being able to pick up (practically out of the dumpster too ;) ) any SD RAM module and put it in my PC and have it work.
  18. macrumors G4

    Lord Blackadder

    I've had excellent luck with both OWC and Crucial on several different Macs.
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