crucial vs. corsair ram

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    iMcLovin

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    Any ram experts here? I'm gonna buy ram for the new iMac. I notice Corsair ram is more expensive than the crucial ram. Does anyone have any bad/good experiences with any of these brands or some info to share ?


    thanks :)
     
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    I'm not an expert in ram but my experience from building custom pc:s is that corsair rams seems to fail more often (especially if you combine them with rams from another brand) so I've stopped buying their ram and usually I don't recommend people buying them either.

    So yeah, I went with 32 gb from crucial for the new iMac.
     
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    RAM is RAM is RAM, about the only difference is the cost and which one has the best warranty. Other than that no difference. The only RAM I'd avoid is Kingston Value RAM.
     
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    Mr. McMac

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    For Macs, I always buy Crucial. They guarantee compatibility, plus I think they have the best customer service.
     
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    iMcLovin

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    Ok thanks.
    Another question. Here in norway I can't find the crucial ram that crucial recommend for 2012 imacs. But when checking their website and finding the ram for iMacs 2012 I see no technical differences between these two except it says the one I can buy in norway is not supported. If that just website bogus info ?

    the so called un-supported:
    http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT2KIT102464BF160B

    the supported:
    http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=06ED3C48A5CA7304

    whats the difference ?
     
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    Mr. McMac

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    It looks like the exact same ram, just different part numbers. It should work no problem. I'm not sure why it's not guaranteed to work when it's the exact same spec??
     
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    Could be to help them internally track the distribution of the machines they're selling parts for.
     
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    Seems to me that at least one part of the Crucial system finder isn't updated to include the stats of the 2012 iMacs yet.
     
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    iMcLovin

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    so I can order this crucial ram you think, even if it states its not supported, thats just bogus right ?


    Also, if I go with corsair ram instead. THis is the ram I think is suitable for late 2012 iMacs.
    http://www.corsair.com/en/corsair-m...r3-sodimm-memory-kit-cmsa16gx3m2a1600c11.html

    But what I don´t understand is what it means if you go to the tech specs and it says
    Speed RatingPC3-12800 (1600MHz)
    But SPD Speed1333MHz

    what does this means, isn´t it the latest 1600mhz ram for imac 2012 ?
     
  11. skyenet, Nov 21, 2012
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    That's odd as i had no problem selecting memory for a new 2012 iMac recently from Crucial

    Qty: 2 CT3650255
    Part Number: CT2C8G3S160BMCEU
    Price: £46.49
    Description: 16GB kit (8GBx2), 204-pin SODIMM Upgrade for a Apple iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) System
    Line total: £92.98


    [​IMG]

    I ordered memory for a HP notebook yesterday from Crucial and it appears to be exactly the same memory as fits the iMac, but just a touch cheaper. Maybe the MAC logo on the memory packaging is where the difference and why some memory is not supported.

    Possibly worth ordering on Black Friday as Crucial have announced that they will have 10% off their prices then :)
     
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    On one screen I asked it to find RAM compatible for a 2012 iMac, and it spit out the 2011 iMac RAM.
     
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    Ah I wondered what had happened ;)
     

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