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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by GothamKnight, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. GothamKnight macrumors newbie

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  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Nope. The only thing that matters is that the seller and/or manufacturer guarantees the RAM to work with a Mac. Macs are very picky about timings and such. I personally recommend Datamem.com.
     
  3. steeveage macrumors member

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    To share my experience w/ 3rd party RAM with you, just in case you run into this problem:

    I purchased a Rev C 17" 1.5 GHz Powerbook, with the stock 512 MB RAM. I added a 1 GB DIMM I purchased from OWC, and put this DIMM in the primary memory slot, moving the 512 MB to the second memory slot.

    After installing Tiger, my Powerbook had major issues rebooting (kernel panic, etc etc). I narrowed it down to my 3rd party RAM. After swapping the position of the two DIMMs, it was back to normal.
     
  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    There are two key things you must consider when buying RAM:

    - the seller must guarantee Mac-compatibility with their RAM
    - the RAM must have a lifetime guarantee

    Meet those 2 important requirements and I suppose it doesn't matter who you buy from. Otherwise, feel free to take a risk to save a few bucks if you feel compelled to, but I wouldn't. As with many things, you get what you pay for. :cool:

    Oh, but don't buy from Apple - they charge a premium for their RAM. ;)
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Heed these words of advice- buying RAM from Apple is like throwing your money to the wind. Apple's prices for RAM can be about twice that of anyone else's!
     
  6. Fezwick macrumors 6502

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    Another vote for datamem.com. They have great prices and guarantee Mac compatibility.
     
  7. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Exactly. Quality RAM? Sure, I have no doubts Apple's is, however you can get just as high quality from certain 3rd party vendors for less money. Again, follow my above two "rules" and you'll be just fine. :cool:
     
  8. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yes, I can verify this, DMS is indeed a reputable dealer with competitive pricing. :cool:
     
  9. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    Even Crucial.com has lower memory prices than apple.
     
  10. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Quite true. I would still vote for DMS over Crucial myself though, but that's just personal opinion.

    Also, FWIW, a common misconception is that NewEGG sells guaranteed Mac-compatible RAM. They don't. Many people have bought RAM from them with no difficulties, but for the recored, they do not meet the above 2 criteria I laid out.
     
  11. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    True, but www.datamem.com is cheaper than Crucial. :)
     
  12. GothamKnight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So the RAM on DMS has a lifetime warranty? I was looking around there and didn't see anything regarding that.
     
  13. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yep. :)
     
  14. generik macrumors 601

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    I kinda like Transcend memory.. transcendusa.com
     
  15. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I haven't heard of them before. Do they have a lifetime guarantee on their memory and do they explicitly guarantee Mac-compatibility with their memory? If not, you're most likely rolling the dice with them. Which is fine of course, just as long as you're aware of that... ;) :)
     
  16. generik macrumors 601

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    Actually I started liking them when my so called "for PB" modules from Kingston gave me numerous kernal panics, while these transcend ones did the job perfectly at only $68 per 1GB module (which is not even half of the $150 each I paid for the Kingstons)

    But yes, I had prior experience with transcend before on the PC front, they do make good quality stuff.
     
  17. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    That's too bad about the Kingston RAM - was it the KVR series or the KTA series?
     
  18. generik macrumors 601

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    It was the KTA-PB533/1G

    Quite disappointing I should say, I expected better from Kingston. The biggest irony is my laptop is now sold along with the Transcend modules, so when these come back from Kingston in a couple weeks time I will be in the market for a new PB to put it in :D
     
  19. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    That is disappointing, as the KTA series is indeed the "Mac-compatible" RAM. I'm glad you found better luck with the Transcend modules. :)
     
  20. hcuar macrumors 65816

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    I take major grief over this... but I always buy Apple RAM. :rolleyes: I'm too dang on tired of messing with crap to save a buck. That's why I bought my Macs...
     
  21. generik macrumors 601

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    That is some hefty premium on those modules man :)

    It is almost 4 times as much, depending on what you are comparing it to.
     
  22. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    same here.....have bought well over 30gb's from them, notta uno problemo in 5 years :D
     

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