8GB RAM Crucial or G.Skill?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shmegal325i, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. shmegal325i macrumors member

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  2. Brokebroker83 macrumors member

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    Definitely go with the Crucial, its worth the extra. Plus if you are a new newegg member then use this code NEWCUSTOMER10 and you'll get 10 dollars off. Bringing the crucial to the same lower price.

    Hope that helps

    I just bought some doing that.
     
  3. Resqu2 macrumors 6502a

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    Crucial in both my machines, used their scanner and had no issues, good bunch to deal with
     
  4. sh0ebox macrumors member

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    What exactly makes it "worth the extra?" Honestly you're not going to notice any difference and I don't think there's any proof that Crucial RAM is more fail-proof than G.Skill or OWC or any of the other popular RAM brands for upgrading macs. I have the G.Skill in my macbook and it works perfectly fine and cost less (at the time of my purchase) than the Crucial. I've had G.Skill desktop RAM in my PC for over 5 years (overclocked, mind you) and have never had any issues with it. No reason that you need to spend extra money to pay for Crucial over the others IMO, so just buy which ever is the best value at the moment.

     
  5. Brokebroker83 macrumors member

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    Well that's why I gave the coupon code so the price for both the company Rams' will be the same. And all I mean by the crucial being better is that it has fewer units with issues. Not that im saying its perfect or anything.
     
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  7. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Get the G.Skill. Both kits are exactly the same and the G.Skill is $10 cheaper (the $10 coupon works on both kits, so it's cheaper regardless). Corsair is no better than G.Skill, and I've used G.Skill in almost every laptop I've owned over the last few years and it's always been amazing.
     
  8. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    GSkill here too and I have installed it in over 100 machines t work and not one has had issues. Crucial isnt any better than gskill.
     
  9. Nostromo macrumors 65816

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    Crucial has a good name and so far I always bought my RAM from them.

    I wouldn't consider going with a not so well known brand just to save $10 (I already saved over $100 from not buying the RAM from Apple).

    What coupon were you talking about? Going to get an 8Gb kit soon from Crucial.
     
  10. ahdickter macrumors 6502

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    Agreed. I installed 8GB of GSkill in my MBP last week. Works like a champ. All major brands have good warranties and it doesn't truly matter as long as you don't purchase a random brand out of nowhere :rolleyes:
     
  11. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    Gskill is a well known brand. Maybe you haven't heard of it but it's one of the best brands to get in today's world.
     
  12. sh0ebox macrumors member

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    This. Just because G.Skill isn't as well known as Crucial in the main stream doesn't mean it's not popular among other groups. Where G.Skill is best known is in the PC gaming/overclocking scene. In this arena, it's just as good as, if not better than, Crucial and other "well known" brands.
     
  13. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

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    G.Skill hasn't failed me yet. I had them installed in numerous machines, including those of several of my friends', and not one hiccup so far. I am seriously considering purchasing a G.Skill "Phoenix" SSD. Kingston is good too. Rock solid reliability and support.

    Haven't had much experience with Crucial but I have one 2GB stick installed in a netbook since 2008 and it's been working perfectly.
     
  14. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a

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    Correct. But it's important to stress G.Skill's performance in gaming and overclocking as well as its relative weakness in mobile and other arenas.
     
  15. itsmrjon, Jul 18, 2011
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    Ok, so i'm going to attempt to get past some snake oil I see in this thread.

    The name on the package does NOT hint towards the quality of the RAM. The actual chip manufacturer does however. The major RAM manufacturers are actually samsung, toshiba, mushkin, micron and hynix (off the top of my head).

    Just FYI, most of the 2011 macs have hynix chips in them (atleast the 3 i opened up did). On the other hand, Crucial and G.Skill are just purchasers and resellers of the above RAM names I mentioned.

    So onto the confusing part... Companies that resell RAM, tend to switch their actually memory supplier based on the current market prices. This is why people recommend matching RAM based on batch number (so you know the memory came from the same supplier/batch to match consistency).

    Anyway... I'm starting to babble. Long story short, 90% chance youre buying the same thing for a different price. If you have the ability to look at the RAM BEFORE you purchase it, i'd recommend mushkin chips... many like myself have had the best luck with them.

    (People who don't believe me, take a look at your ram and see whos name is ACTUALLY on the memory chips and not on the packaging)

    Examples:
    Samsung memory with samsung chips - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v367/Iron_Eagle/NBR/P1020034.jpg
    Micron memory with micron chips - http://megamemory.com.au/82-150-thickbox/micron-2gb-ddr3-pc3-8500-1066mhz-laptop-memory-ram.jpg
    Crucial memory with micron chips - http://pan.fotovista.com/dev/0/3/09765230/u_09765230.jpg
    Kingston with micron chips - http://i01.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/320493587/high_quality_sodimm_laptop_ddr3_ram_memory.jpg
    Kingmax (never heard of this junk) with micron chips - http://i01.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/418/060/268/1284974278103_hz-myalibaba-web-temp2_2720.jpg
    hynix memory with hynix chips - http://megamemory.com.au/88-158-thickbox/hynix-2gb-ddr3-pc3-8500-1066mhz-laptop-memory-ram.jpg
    so on and so forth
     
  16. GreenLabel macrumors newbie

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    What is the difference between:
    204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500)
    204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
    204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

    the first one is one that the OP is considering purchasing.
    The second is what Apple recommends
    The latter is what I saw G. Skill recommend for the Mac Book Pro...
     
  17. itsmrjon, Jul 18, 2011
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    Oh wow, I didn't notice that.
    buy the 1066
     
  18. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    OP has a 2010 model which uses 1066MHz RAM.
     
  19. JR13 macrumors newbie

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    What would you guys recommend for a late 2008 unibody? Thanks!
     
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    I usually use Corsair, they are the best, that's what I've got now. It all costs about the same, may as well get something that will work for the long haul.
     
  22. Fugue macrumors 6502

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    I just bought the 8GB G.Skill ram from newegg for $48, tax included. It also came with a free 4GB flash drive. This is with the $10 off coupon.

    Can't wait
     
  23. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    Nice choice. I have G.Skill in my MBP as well and have used G.Skill for my Server and former Desktop. Great stuff!
     

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