8GB RAM: Better to have 8 or 4 black boxes on the actual module?

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  1. Vyruz Reaper macrumors regular

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    I hope you understand what I am talking about. I thought having 4 bigger boxes are better than have 8 small ones. Can someone explain to me what they are exactly and if it makes a difference?

    thanks!
     
  2. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok i found some pics for you guys:

    4 big ones :
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    8 small ones:

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  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    The little boxes are the actual ram chips. If you have 8 then the chips are low density. 4 means high density. I'm not sure if one is better then the other.
     
  4. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    well low density ram is better but Im still not sure if 8 or 4 ram chips are better
     
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  6. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    :D sorry I am not as technical as other
     
  7. ccashman92 macrumors regular

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    Don't worry about it. As long as people know what you are talking about, its fine. Apple Genius' have to talk like that actually.
     
  8. magamo macrumors 6502

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    Like a RAM chip isn't a black box to you.
     
  9. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    so does anyone know? i need to return RAM depending which one is better
     
  10. intelgrande macrumors member

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    While I'm sure there is some difference, it's by no means any common knowledge, and it honestly doesn't matter either way. There are other factors that are more important such as the RAM timings, frequency, etc. Generally speaking though, especially for an MBP, you're not going to notice any difference in performance. If the speed of the modules are comparable, I'd just go with the cheaper set as long as it's from a reputable brand.
     
  11. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    Keep whichever is cheaper. You'll never notice outside benchmarks.
     
  12. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    it came down to OWC vs Kingston vs Crucial all which were around 270 bucks.

    I could get g. Skill, nuram, mushkin all for about 215ish so is it worth the extra 60 dollars or so for owc, kinston or crucial?
     
  13. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah until i heard the horror stories in which the RAM died or NuRAM causes flickering with the intel graphics card
     
  14. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    We don't know which ram is which based on your description. ;)
     
  15. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I don't think it matters as long as you buy the same for both sticks (though I think you can mix as well).

    If you're in the US, just buy them from OWC. You can't go wrong there!
     
  16. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    lol u know what i meant:p
     
  17. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    I already bought the 8GB Kingston kit
     
  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    In that case, as long it works, it's good :)
     
  19. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    so does anyone not know? Maybe i should post on another site?
     
  20. vant macrumors 65816

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    There are no differences in performance.

    Each 'black box' is a ram module. For a 4GB stick, you will see 8 of them. 512MB each module. For the 2GB stick, you may see either depending on whether they are using 512mb or 256mb modules.

    Just make sure you get CAS latency 7 or below for MBPs. Also, make sure you have a well known brand and lifetime warranty.
     
  21. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    So another question, do these ram modules come in 1Gb form? or are they all 512 or 256?
     
  22. Vyruz Reaper thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was going to return my Kingston RAM and try out crucial. But kingston's ram has been working, it doesnt have any problems, so why switch? Il just stick with kingston(although the crucial ram is about 15 dollars cheaper)

    thanks for everyone's help!
     
  23. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    the most dense SODIMM you can get is 8x256 per side for a total of 4GB per chip. there are no 512mb modules yet, otherwise 8GB SODIMM chips would exist.
     

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