4GB Apple memory for MBP or 8?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Z400Racer37, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    Hey guys,

    I just had a question about upgrading the memory of a MacBook Pro that I'm looking at buying. On Apple's website, they charge $200 to upgrade from 4 GB of memory to eight. I did a quick Google search however, and found a new 8 GB memory kit selling for $47. What gives? Is there something wrong, or deficient with this cheap memory, or does Apple just make a lot of money if you upgrade from the factory? I've attached a screenshot of the memory description on Apple's website, and a link to the Amazon website that I'm referring to.Also, is there significant, noticeable difference between the two? I plan on getting the 2.0 GHz i7 quad core processor, in the 15 inch screen configuration.

    Thanks in advance guys


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  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    Yes, Apple just overcharges for RAM. There's no problem getting cheap RAM from a third party, as long as it has the same specs.
  3. RedRallyeZ macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2010
    many many people here have gone the aftermarket route to swap RAM, myself included. I bought and installed crucial RAM this summer when prices were higher, but still much lower than the $200 Apple wanted.

    The only thing you aren't receiving by paying Apple to install the RAM for you, is just that. $200 gets someone else to pop the notebook open and put the RAM in for you, which is not a hard task at all. Your warranty/applecare status is still the same, with the exception of if you are having an issue, it would be smart to keep your original RAM and put that in prior to taking it to apple, no big deal.
  4. fireman32 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    took 10 minutes to upgrade to 8GB on my 13MPB. Could have done it quicker but I was being very careful as it's brand new. I bought the Crucial ram off of Amazon for 47 bucks.
  5. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    I purchased 8GB of Corsair RAM from Amazon. It's $48 and has a $10 rebate right now, so $38 after rebate. Installed it with no problems and my MBP is running great. Apple's RAM is well-known for being overpriced.
  6. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Apple overcharging is an understatement it 200 during your purchase to upgrade to 8Gb but it's 420 if you buy it from apple if your buying only the 8Gb, are they serious 420$ for something you can get for 50$
  7. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    As long as you buy your RAM from a respectable source your fine. Apple charges more because they have to install it, make a custom mac, etc. I think it also has to do with the fact that apple care then also covers the RAM and any possible recall as well. Not to mention that any possible damages and worse case scenarios during the RAM replacement are also covered by apple. So yes apple is more pricy than doing it yourself, but I have seen best buy nockups and they are (possibly) just as bad.
  8. mikeheenan macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007
    Thanks for the tip! I just purchased this today myself, and didn't even notice the rebate link when I ordered it earlier
  9. nyc999 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    how much of a difference did you guys notice in speed with the 8gb ram vs 4gb?
  10. nOw2 macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2009
  11. gorskiegangsta, Sep 24, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2011

    gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    4GB RAM running at speed of 1333MHz is of the exact same speed as 8GB RAM @ 1333MHz, it is only logical. RAM capacity isn't the same as RAM speed. Most of the time when users upgrade RAM they upgrade its capacity, not speed. If you upgrade your RAM to a higher clocked compatible RAM, only then will you notice a slight increase in speed.

    To the OP.
    It is no secret that Apple blatantly overcharges for memory upgrades. Their 8GB RAM upgrade price of $400, which is nearly 10x of actual market price, is just outrageous. And no, their Samsung RAM sticks aren't of "higher quality" at all, it is of the same exact quality as other renowned manufacturers such as Crucial, Kingston, G.Skill, Corsair, etc.. which can be bought for $45 or even less nowadays, from sites like Amazon and Newegg.
  12. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    $200 for 8GB RAM?
    I got my 8GB for 30 bucks at amazon.
    Apple likes to overcharge things.
  13. Kraznoff macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2010
    I upgraded to 8 gb myself for $50. I haven't noticed a difference so far.
  14. blatopilot macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    Only thing I noticed is the kernel uses more RAM. The more you have the more it likes to use I guess. I've noticed zero change going from 4GB to 8GB. In fact, after a while I notice my free RAM hovers where it did with less RAM. It just keeps more inactive.

    My experience anyway.
  15. ombrenelcielo macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2011
    Helsinki, Finland
    The posts asking about the system speed are just hilarious..
    How come, did you really expected the system to be faster?
    More ram boosts multitasking of resource heavy apps or help the system to perform better under scenarios of heavy workloads..

    For a user who use his MBP to browse the web and crop pictures in photoshop it's just pointless to upgrade as of today..
  16. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    As the previous poster said, you'll only notice a difference in speed if your system actually NEEDS the extra RAM. If you're running a bunch of applications or doing using applications that require a lot of RAM then yes, you'll notice a difference. If you're browsing the web, listening to iTunes, etc. then it's not going to make anything faster. People should check to see if they're even using all their current RAM before deciding to upgrade. I know RAM is cheap, but why spend $40 or $50 if you don't need to?
  17. ombrenelcielo, Sep 25, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2011

    ombrenelcielo macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2011
    Helsinki, Finland
    Another thing that tends to eat a lot of ram is Parallels.
    So if you are running Parallels, you might want to upgrade..

    For work reasons I need to run a couple of apps under Windows and occasionally perform tests on a QA instance of my server which runs a distribution of Linux.. In this scenario I have only few hundreds megabytes of my 4gbs left unused..
  18. Rambaud macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2008
    Norwich UK
    This is the main reason why I went to 8Gb of RAM - for Parallels and Fusion.
  19. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004

    Exactly. If it makes you feel better, you can even buy samsung ram for your mbp for ~$40​
  20. xdbuix macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    For me, i noticed that my gaming improved and the overal load times improved. It was worth the money imo.
  21. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    You'll have to put the third party in yourself, but its not hard. Ya just need to pull the old RAM out and click the new RAM in :D

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