Anyone use Komputerbay RAM? Cheap 8GB on Amazon

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LeviSnuts, May 21, 2010.

  1. LeviSnuts macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2005
  2. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Great pricing for sure, although never heard of the brand. It looks like the actual memory chips are samsung, which is generally very good. You could be the first to try it out and let us know :)

    Oh, and I'd probably steer clear of the set with a heatsink. These aren't needed unless your overclocking your memory into oblivion and would probably cause more harm than good in your MBP.
  3. LeviSnuts thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2005
    if no one gets them and tries them before i get my new 15" MBP in june (educ. special), i'll get the the ones for 235 and see how they work.
  4. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Cool. Also, you might consider getting the PC8500 chips vs the PC10600 you linked earlier. The PC10600 chips would work just fine, but PC8500 generally has faster memory timings and would be quicker in a MBP. (MBPs would just downclock the 1333mhz memory to 1067 - and retain the slower timings of the 1333 chips)
  5. johnnymg macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2008
    Looks pretty sketchy with no feedback and such.

    You can get name brand 8GB sets for close to $300 from the usual suspects. I wouldn't touch this no-name stuff regardless of the price. You get what you pay for~~~.
  6. LeviSnuts thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2005
  7. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

    Gorilla Power

    Mar 19, 2010
    To be honest, I wouldn't budge from CSX or Hynix. These are the standard stock RAMs Apple uses in their computer.
  8. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Hynix was the standard back in 2006~, but Samsung and Micron are definitely the standard chips found in Macbooks these days.
  9. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

    Gorilla Power

    Mar 19, 2010
    2006 ? :confused: Apple is still shipping all computers with Hynix even today. My 2010 MBP came with 2 x 2GB Hynix. And I've never seen Samsung RAMs in MacBook Pros.
  10. gwsat macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2008
  11. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Interesting. Don't get me wrong, I think hynix stuff is fine, it's used exclusively in Dell machines. I just haven't personally seen (and ive cracked open a good number of C2D and i5/7 machines), or even read about anyone receiving hynix memory in a macbook for a good number of years.
  12. cyclical macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2010
    I've got Hynix in my 2010 15" MBP.

    Dell also uses Nanya and Micron (from my experience).
  13. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I stand corrected. ;-)
  14. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

    Gorilla Power

    Mar 19, 2010
    No, not getting your wrong at all :) just saying what I know.
  15. hoosierbluesman macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2010
    Not Such Good Luck....So Far

    I purchased the 4GB module and it did not demonstrate any increase in performance over the first couple of weeks. Last week, my machine (2.4Ghz MacBook) began to have very routine nasty freeze/crashes. Worried that my logic board was dead, it occurred to me in a panic that it may be the RAM. After I removed the new module, the issues disappeared and have not returned. I am 4 days beyond the 30 day return window and will call tomorrow and hope to get a RMA to get a credit. Will post how that goes.
  16. pilotkid macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chandler, AZ/Chicago, IL
    I was also going to suggest OCW( )there ram is priced very near to what the OP said he found on Amazon. I would feel better getting more of a name brand ram from OWC.
  17. bward24601 macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010

    Don't forget to size isn't everything. Any info on the RAM speed?

    on a side note -

    My 2008 MBP has Samsung memory in. It came fro Apple that way.
  18. varma1986 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    Komputerbay stay away

    Komputerbay sells 8gb DDR3 ram at 2 bus speeds of 1033 and 1333.
    They tell you that both are compatible with your MacBook. pro Notebooks.

    The facts:
    -Macbook Pro are very specific about their ram and the 1333 bus speed ram will NOT work well with MacBooks.
    Your Snowleopard OS will freeze and not respond and might even crash or ask you to restart.
    Your problems are more if you are running "Parallels" as that will freeze and crash as well.
    So say no to anybody recommending 1333 bus speed to your Macbook Pro.
    That will make your life easier.

    -KomputerBay sells cheaper version of low quality memory.
    The one i received had a brand of Zepplin which does not even have a website and yet offer life time warranty!!.
    So you can imagine what will happen to the 235 US$, Down the drain.

    -When you insert the KomputerBay Zepplin memory, your Mac will not identify its serial or product number and that speaks for itself.
    Low quality Ram from cheap chip manufacturers.

    -The one that i ordered with Komputerbay was 1066 DDR3 8gb kit.
    To my surprise i got a 1333 DDR3 8gb kit which was labeled as 1066 DDR3 8GB.
    Komputerbay did not bother to check the item before dispatch.
    Faced plenty of problems and my Mac said no to the Ram.
    I ultimately returned the memory and got my refund of 235 US$.
    Komputerbay processes refund very fast.

    -The memory sold by Quantum technology on Ebay at 310 US$ is good and of ELPIDA brand.
    Mac recognizes the serial and product number of the memory sold by these people.

    -In summary stay away from Komputerbay if you are wanting to upgrade ram for your Mac Book Pro 13, 15, or 17.
  19. varma1986 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010

    OWC on sells the 8gb DDR3 1066 Kit 295/- US$.
    Avoid Komputerbay and save yourself plenty of trouble.
  20. RogueGypsy47 macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2010
    Registered just to add my own $0.02 about Komputerbay. I did the research and thought, "Hey, this price looks great!" for a 4GB (2x2) kit that was marketed specifically for an Apple. I couldn't get my computer to even boot up without one of Apple's 1GB sticks plugged in to babysit the Kombuterbay stuff.

    I've learned my lesson: you get what you pay for. I don't plan on making this mistake again and I suggest anybody else out there learn from my mistakes.

    Oh, and another one is not researching the company before buying. : ( If I had, I probably would have found this thread earlier and saved myself some hassle. Now I just hope they're as good at refunding as advertised. :p
  21. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    OWC 8GB kits are down to $269 for their brand & nuRAM brand for $227.

    8GB is getting closer to affordable.

  22. revcom macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2010
    komputerbay ram

    i would steer clear from this ram,i put 8gb 1333 in my MBP it froz after twenty mins,i put my old one back in,i will try a well known make next time..
    hope this helps you make up your mind..good luck
  23. wedgeman, May 24, 2011
    Last edited: May 24, 2011

    wedgeman macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2011

    I recently bought a substantial amount of their "Komputerbay" ram modules. It looked like a bargain - Most of Komputerbay brand was $20 off of the best price I'd seen elsewhere, and it was supposedly high quality product according to all their information.

    The Komputerbay RAM sticks arrived in plain boxing (no static protection) with nothing more than a black & white copied 'label' sticker (the type that comes off a standard thermal printer that Fedex uses) stuck on crookedly over the top of the case.

    I didn't think too much of it until I opened the package to find that the RAM is cheap Chinese knockoff memory chips mounted on generic PCBs. There is nothing quality about it. Apparently Komputerbay is just sticking their labels on somebody else's crap quality RAM.

    It gets worse. 3 of the 4 cards I bought for my MacBook Pro and iMac all failed within 30 minutes. I didn't bother leaving the fourth in - - I would rather not have to buy a $1200 logic board because some crap ram burned it up.

    It still gets worse. Komputerbay customer service is terrible. They obviously speak NO English as they couldn't write a complete sentence at all, and they have offered no help. They don't include a phone number, so you can't get help other than writing an email and hoping someone answers it. [Although after reading the emails (written in jibberish), i'm not sure speaking to them on the phone would be of any use] They also don't answer email promptly, so what should be taken care of in a few minutes is now stretched over days.

    My only consolation was to have purchased over Amazon, so I'll let them take care of it. I called Amazon and they've sent a box to pick it up.

    So... let's see. Save $30 off of the price of decent RAM, but risk wasting HOURS of your life dealing with a bunch of scam artists? you decide.
  24. afro54 macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2010
    You pays your money...

    But, if you buy 1333Mhz memory for your MBP, more fool you!

    Check the specs before you buy - Komputerbay memory is just fine for the MBP, if you buy the correct speed chips - 1066Mhz.

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