Apple RAM or Crucial.com?

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  1. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    I'm ordering a new 27" 5K iMac. Is it really worth the $600 extra for 32GB of Apple ram or is 32GB of Crucial Memory for only $172 just as good? Why such a difference in price?
     
  2. mrat93 macrumors 65816

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    Go with Crucial if you're comfortable replacing it. Apple always charges crazy amounts for their upgrades because they can.
     
  3. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    differences between apple ram and crucial ram

    first of all your apple ram may be soldered, then this post should be thrown away

    apple ram
    apple ram is more expensive, and is only warrantied by your original apple warranty, or apple care. if your applecare runs out and your apple ram dies, your stuck
    apple will pay for any damage to your computer if they break something while installing it.
    google says the warranty is 1 year.

    crucial ram and other companies ram
    crucial ram is warrantied for its lifetime. if your ram goes bad, you just pull your ram chip out, get an RMA #, send faxes, and a receipt and they will replace your ram chip free of charge. there is no 3 year warranty on crucial
    you may void your warranty by installing it.


    if you damage your computer while installing the ram, its your loss.

    make sure you unplug your computer. a lot of people just tell you to turn off. you need to unplug the computer and maybe even go as far as pressing the power button or waiting 45 seconds for the "smc controller to reset" before touching the ram chips.
     
  4. EssentialGadget macrumors newbie

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    I put Crucial in mine - works great. Look at all the positive reviews on Amazon. Thousands of them. Actually put crucial in 6 Macs over the years so far - no problems.
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Also most people want more than 8Gb but certainly don't need 32GB, (you will know of course if this is true for you) and the 2 slots free in the 27 inch iMac can be upgraded with a 16GB kit and give you 24GB at even better price. Honestly do it yourself, it's the only upgrade you can still do yourself under warranty so it's very easy.
     
  6. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    It makes no sense to pay Apple price for RAM when there are so many alternatives that will save you a ton money.
     
  7. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    i would pay apple's price if it was soldered or if the computer was glued shut

    but i agree with you. it makes no sense to pay apple's price of $600 and get a 1 year warranty when you can get ram for like $175 with a lifetime warranty.

    your not saving any money if your clumsy like me and break your retraining clips and interface board in your mac mini 1,1 intel 2006 model when upgrading it to 2 gigs!
     
  8. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    That's not what we are talking about. That would be an entirely different scenario and there wouldn't be any alternatives.
     
  9. shaunp macrumors 65816

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    I've gone with crucial RAM in all of my Macs since 2009 and their RAM has always been good. Order with the least amount of RAM you can (8GB I think) and upgrade with Crucial RAM as you need to. I would try running with the standard 8GB first to see if you actually need more memory then if you do, it's really easy to add it to the 27" iMac. If you swap all of the Apple RAM out for Crucial RAM (i.e. you go for 32GB) then remember to keep your old RAM for warranty purposes - put it back in if you need to take the computer in for repair
     
  10. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Don't need to. Upgrading RAM doesn't void warranty.
     
  11. shaunp macrumors 65816

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    True, but less back chat from the 'geniuses' if you have to take it in.
     
  12. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020

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    When you open up your iMac, and look at the memory, the odds are you'll recognize the brand name...

    Hynix, Kingston, Crucial... Have run into all 3.
     
  13. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020

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    You can also do a 1/2 upgrade. I'm running 24GB in mine right now (2x8GB+2*4GB-Apple RAM)
     
  14. Eduardot macrumors member

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    Had three Imacs and all of them upgraded to the Crucial Ram. No problems absolutely. Even gave one set as a gift to a friend who went from 4 to 16 gig of ram in his 2011 imac and he really noticed the difference.
    Go for it.
     
  15. MSastre macrumors regular

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    I've upgraded with Crucial Ram on every Mac I have owned since the early 90's. Never any problems whatsoever.
     
  16. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

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    I went with Crucial in mine after reading the posts here on this subject a few years ago. It's a solid product with an excellent reputation and warranty.
     

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