OWC memory

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by plutnicki, May 25, 2006.

  1. plutnicki macrumors regular

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    Looking through the advice from the group, I checked out the OWC for a memory upgrade. I'm buying a new MacBook and am going to upgrade straight to 2 Gig. OWC has two "matched" pair upgrades for 2 Gig. OWC branded and TechWorks branded. Both the same price.

    Any experience or differences between the two brands?

    Thx
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    Check the warranties on both. Given the choice, I'd go with the OWC brand, which is most likely Hynix or something close.
     
  3. stuuke macrumors regular

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    Are there any negatives of buying the OWC memory instead of the Samsung? There is a pretty big price difference.
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Not really. OWC memory is fully guaranteed...I've bought it before and had no problems.
     
  5. ipacmm macrumors 65816

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    I have bought OWC ram before and I have never had any issues but I usually would buy the Samsung if the price was about the same.
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I've got that exact RAM in my iMac (2GB) and have had no problems since it was installed in late January, nor have I had any problems with OWC RAM in my PowerMac.
     
  7. plutnicki thread starter macrumors regular

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    Same warrantee

    Seems like the "lifetime" warantee is the same on the OWC and the techworks, although OWC is "Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty". I haven't found an explanation of what the Advance means.

    The Samsung memory is quite a bit more expensive, $180 vs $112.

    I think Crucial is cheaper than the Samsung, or at least about the same.
     
  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It means that if you have a problem with your RAM, they will send out a replacement as soon as you notify them rather than you having to wait until they receive the returned bad stick.
     
  9. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    Go with OWC. I have it, and my computer seems to like it.
     
  10. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    I seem to be the odd one out, but I bought four OWC-branded DIMMs new back in January and my Power Mac 8600 has never acted right with them in. The machine wont boot or reboot correctly half the time, I have to power down and power up a second time for it to do so.

    However, the machine works perfectly fine with other brands of memory.

    Its weird, too, that each OWC stick causes this individually as well as grouped together.
     
  11. ManchesterTrix macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried to get it replaced?
     
  12. plutnicki thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank

    Well, I went for it, 2 Gig kit of OWC branded memory. Also ordered the system, so we'll see which gets here first (memory I assume).

    Thx,
     
  13. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

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    I ordered the OWC Branded Matched Pair into my new macbook this morning.

    All is great so far, and the computer is very speedy. Can't beat $225
     
  14. Saluki Alex macrumors 6502

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    I'm another satisfied OWC customer, I'm planning on buying the Mercury Hard Drive as well.
     
  15. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Well, if I got four bad/incompatible/crappy/whatever sticks, what is the likely hood that I'll get them replaced with four good ones?
     
  16. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    You should call them up and talk to them about it...see what they'll do for you. Your problem isn't likely to go away on its own, so you might as well contact them. Maybe it was bad batch for some reason.
     
  17. beatzfreak macrumors 6502

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    Excellent.
    I had a stick of bad OWC Ram, and it was replaced immediately.

    BUT...

    I had some trouble with tech support.
    They insisted it was a system software problem and that I should do a clean install. I just called up again got another person and they gave me a return authorization right away. I have since bought memory from them and had no problems.
     
  18. chrisgeleven macrumors 6502

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    Just got my 2 GB (2 sticks) from OWC for my Macbook. Works fantastic so far. No problems at all.
     
  19. kaltsasa macrumors 6502a

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    I've also had great luck with OWC RAM, and OWC Products in general.

    I used OWC PC133 RAM in two G3 iBooks. And then a PC2700 stick in a G4 iBook.

    If you need an FM transmitter get the Road Trip from Newer Technology from OWC, 15 buxx and its by far the best I've ever used. Tune to 87.9 and your done. I've used the DLO Transpod and the Belkin Road Trip and neither lived up to their expectations but the Road Trip got me across several states clear as a bell.

    I've purchased a Mercury Pro Hard Drive and Super Drive from them as well as a Neptune HD and a MiniStack, all working great.

    If you are having RAM problems I'd give them a call and I'm sure they will work with you to get the problems cleared up.
     

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