memory buying question for macbook pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by charlestrippy, May 29, 2006.

  1. charlestrippy macrumors 6502

    charlestrippy

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    so i got the macbook pro - only has the 512mb and of course, i'd like to upgrade and perhaps throw in another gig chip or something...

    http://store.powerlinememory.com/apple-mac-memory-macbook-pro-macbook-pro---1-83ghz-intel-core-duo---part-number---ma091lla-a.html
    i saw this site (and many others through froogle.com and other "bargain" sites)

    anyway,

    my question to you...

    as you can see it has options for "generic" - "major brand" - "factory original"

    i was curious if I was to maybe get a "generic" 1gig stick and throw it in the computer with the one apple put it - would there be any difference? my guess is no, however, i just wanted to run this by the people who knew better (this is my first mac - wanna "double check" before screwing things up or wasting money)

    thanks!

    charles
     
  2. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    If you're going to take a gamble on RAM, a least buy from a reputable vender. Here's a 1 GB SO-DIMM that people have had mixed results with in the MPB. If it doesn't work, at least you know Newegg will take it back, and send you a new stick ASAP. If it does work, hey you just got a sweet deal on some RAM.
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Typically, Macs demand that RAM meet the specifications much more rigidly than PCs (including proper Serial Presence Detect programming). A lot of cheap RAM doesn't meet spec, but skates by on most PCs.

    Your best bet is to buy from a dealer who tests and guarantees compatibility with your model Mac, offers a lifetime warranty and a no-cost (no restocking charge) return if it doesn't work.

    In the USA, MR readers most often recommend Crucial, Data Memory Systems and OWC.

    NewEgg does not offer a compatibily guarantee at all, and they do have a restocking charge policy if you want a refund on a 'non-defective' product. (and according to the new PCWorld survey, 19% of NewEgg customers have been hit with restocking fees, about double the industry average of 10%. Our customers? 0%)

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  4. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i guess i'll check out

    http://www.datamem.com/AMM15.asp

    as suggested - though i'm fearful - almost wish i could hand over $300 for apple's 1gig but - damn - way too much for me....
     
  5. rob5 macrumors regular

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    I went with Datamem based on the reviews here and on various forums for my MacBook. Ordered Sunday and still no tracking number, but I'm hoping that's because yesterday was a holiday. From what I've read they're very good. :)
     
  6. Macer macrumors regular

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    Why don't you open up your macbookpro and find out what ram Apple stuck in there. Then just go and buy the same brand.
     
  7. Macer macrumors regular

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    I had samsung a 1x1gb in my 17" imac core duo.
     
  8. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    which one did you end up getting?
     
  9. Macer macrumors regular

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    You can get samsung ram off ebay fro the macbook at a verygood price.
     
  10. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i checked ebay and couldn't find any samsung for macbook pro...however, i did find these - what's the word with stuff like this?

    memory 1

    memory 2


    again - thanks for all the help everyone is giving (espically so fast)

    charles
     
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  12. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Rumor is that Apple uses crucial, at least for some MB's and MBP's.
     
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  14. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I really dont think thats true unless they've changed brands when the powerbook was discontinued (as the only mac ive ever opened up would be my 15" PB G4)
     
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    I had great service from Datamem -- it worked smoothly. I got a Gig to add to the one that came with the system.

    -- David
     
  19. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    One of the newegg reviewers said that when he opened his MBP, there was a cruicial stick in there.

    Also (I don't remember who), but some MR member ordered memory from Apple, and it shipped from crucial's address.
     

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