Apple Memory or 3rd Party Memory?

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

  1. Naked-Warrior macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    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

    QUESTION

    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.

    James
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

    Macman45

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    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

    Bl0ckHe1d

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    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

    Georgio

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    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

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    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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