RAM for Macbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by raikkonen, May 23, 2006.

  1. raikkonen macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    if i buy a macbook, would it be better to order it with a 1 gig ram (2 x 512) or just get it with the stock RAM and replace one of the 256 with a 1 gig RAM. It'll be more expensive to get the 1 gig RAM, but at least I have 1.25 instead of just 1 gig. But I read somewhere that paired RAM is better for the macbooks... any advice? Thanks.
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    See here for some guidance. Basically, 1.25GB trumps 1GB.
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Welcome to MacRumors

    Allowances for being a newbie: your first task today is to read the Forum FAQ, and then learn to use the Search function. We have covered this exact same question dozens of times, as recently as this morning.
     
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    You got CanadaRAM so worked up his legs are twitching.
     
  6. zorg macrumors regular

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    Can someone give me a specific link to where would be a good place to buy? Also, what is the difference between unbuffered and registered?
     
  7. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    http://www.datamem.com/
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Your question was already answered (look here for links). Go somewhere that knows Macs, buy the RAM they offer, and don't bother trying to save $20 on RAM by buying stuff you don't know will work.
     
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    One immediate difference is that Registered RAM does not work in ANY Macintosh (perhaps there is one model of XServe that uses it, IDRRN)

    If you are asking the question, however, it probably means you are looking at generic RAM sites -- I suggest you look for a reputable seller who tests and guarantees compatibility with your specific model Mac, offers a lifetime warranty, and a no cost return if it doesn't work.

    If you want more RAM definitions, check here

    Thanks
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  11. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    They don't offer a Mac guarantee. It's a roll of the dice. It may work, it may not. I'd stay away.
     
  12. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    This is the best RAM advice you'll get south of the Canadian border.
     
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  14. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Your link doesn't work - it's to your shopping cart. Numerous knowledgeable people have recommended sites which you ignore. I think you're on your own.
     
  15. zorg macrumors regular

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    Uh, but isn't Patriot a bigger and more reputably company?
     
  16. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    No one is more reputable around here than datamem.
     
  17. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Sure. General Motors is a big and reputably company. I'm gonna buy some of their pistons to put in my Ford's engine. It doesn't SAY Ford compatible but it's gotta work, dont'cha think? :rolleyes:

    There is much more to RAM compatibility than "DDR2-667 200 pin SODIMM". The only way you know 100% that it is compatible, is to buy from a seller who has tested and is prepared to guarantee compatibility for your model Mac.

    Otherwise: It MAY work. It MAY fail. It MAY work for a while and then fail, corrupting your data. It MAY work until your next OS or Firmware upgrade, and fail then. When you buy PC generic RAM, you are assuming the responsibility for testing the RAM. Then if it doesn't work, you have wasted the time, the shipping expense (usually both ways) and if you're really lucky, a 15% restocking fee deducted from your refund, because the RAM was not defective when tested in a PC.

    You want to take the risk, for a $20 savings, be my guest.
    Some people have tried Patriot in the past - for some it worked, for others it didn't. See, because it's generic, it is liable to be a different construction this month compared to last month. So nobody can tell you. Least of all NewEgg who don't guarantee compatibility on a single thing.

    For the final time, the vendors most often cited on MR that you can count on for Mac compatible RAM are Crucial, OWC and Data Memory Systems. Kingston's KTA- series RAM is also good, but they seldom get a recommendation because of the price. Before you ask, the Kingston and Crucial that you see at NewEgg or Frys is their generic line without the Mac guarantee. There are a few other reputable online sellers in the USA that guarantee Mac compatibility too, just not frequented by as many MR members.
     
  18. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    1. Re-read everything we that was posted here. You seem to either not understand our advice or just plan ignore it.

    2. Patriot RAM is crap. It's crap in a PC. It's crap in a Mac. It is generic RAM with a fancy sticker on it.
     

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