Apple Memory or 3rd Party Memory?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Naked-Warrior, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. Naked-Warrior macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2009

    I have an iMac 2.5 ghz Intel Core i5 with 4GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 memory as follows;

    Slot 1 - 2gb
    Slot 2 - 2gb
    Slot 3 - Empty
    Slot 4 - Empty

    Apple have advised the maximum recommended memory for my computer is 16GB in a 4 x 4 configuration.

    The price from Apple 16GB 1333MHz DDR3 (PC3-10600) - 4x4GB is £320

    3rd Party Alternative

    I have found some alternative memory at a website called Crucial and the memory is a lot cheaper.

    4 x 4GB DDR3 PC3-10600 • CL=9 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1333 • 1.35V • 512Meg x 64 • lead free • halogen free • for Mac

    The price for this is only £120


    Am I taking any risks by purchasing the much cheaper 3rd party memory?

    Should I stick to the Apple branded memory?

    Thanks for any advice.

  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Don't pay Apple's prices, but don't buy the really cheap memory either. I recommend Crucial, who have a tool on the site to correctly identify exactly what your Mac can take, and what it needs.

    Upgrading is a very very simple process which you can do yourself.
  3. Bl0ckHe1d macrumors 6502


    Nov 19, 2009
    Second this! The only main difference between the two that you are paying Apple for administation and packaging for the exact same memory!
  4. Georgio macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2008
    Essex, UK
    Crucial is the way to go, excellent memory at a good price and delivery is usually next day. Used them for years on both Macs and PC's.

    Btw this isn't for a new 21.5" iMac is it?
    If so then you can't upgrade the memory yourself so you're stuck with Apple upgrades.
  5. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
    The new 21" iMacs do not come with a 2.5ghz processor, lowest is 2.7 so it is going to be upgradeable.

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