ram bang for buck?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mccldwll, May 22, 2006.

  1. mccldwll macrumors 65816

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    Consensus appears to be that 512 really not enough, but aside from "max it out" what amounts are really needed for what activities? Has anyone run benchmarks? For general use, where is the greatest ram jump noticed (i.e., from 512 to 768; 768 to 1 GB; 1 to 1.25 etc.)? Since there doesn't appear to be any market for 256 chips (or is there), but there is for 512s, seems like starting from 2x512 might give greatest flexibility (could at least sell a 512 if want to bump).
     
  2. ncook06 macrumors regular

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    In the MBP in my sig, I have tried .5 GB, 1 GB, and 1.5 GB RAM.

    I would go with 1 x 1 GB and 1 x 256 MB. Order stock RAM and upgrade one stick. THAT would give you greatest flexibility. IME, you need at least 1 GB for the intel macs, but 1.5 GB is better. Never tried 2 GB, but 1.5 was easily sufficient so 1.25 should do the trick. If not, it's easy to upgrade.
     
  3. ncook06 macrumors regular

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    You can get a perfectly good 1 GB SO-DIMM for under $100. Order EconoRAM from DMS here, and it is $99 shipped. It also has a 1 year guarantee, which most places make you pay extra for. It's the same quality as the higher priced, just without name brand and lifetime warranty.

    They've shipped over 1000 units of EconoRAM and only 4 DOAs.

    And no, I'm not getting any kickback for this, I'm just a loyal (opinionated;) ) customer
     

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