Budget RAM vs Name Brand RAM. Experiences?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Themegamacman, May 7, 2012.

  1. Themegamacman macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2012
    Hey everybody. I am looking to upgrade my late 2011 15" MBP to either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, but am not sure whether to go with the Komputerbay "budget" RAM or a Corsair or OWC "name brand" RAM kit. Not sure what the difference really is because it seems that they're both the same speed and would therefore act the same, since RAM, form what I've heard, it really either hit-or-miss.

    So it's between:

    Komputerbay "budget" RAM

    Corsair "name brand" RAM
    and maybe even

    OWC "High end" RAM

    I've heard great things about OWC but am a little hesitant to buy because of the high price relative to these others. Almost $100 more. Does it really make any difference?

    Have any of you had any bad experiences with cheaper RAM (or even good experiences with higher-end RAM)? Or is it all the same? Thanks so much for your time, best wishes to all, and for those of you upgrading to the new MBP when it comes out, enjoy your machine! It should be great!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Not really. RAM is RAM. Make sure they have a good warranty.
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    That OWC is overpriced.
    Get the Corsair VS.
    I don't know Komputerbay but with a lifetime warranty and standard conform RAM I see no reason why not.
    Amazon has great return policies no reason to pay more.
  4. biohead macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    West Drayton, UK
    I bought some generic no-name ram off ebay when I first got my unibody macbook.
    Had absolutely no problems whatsoever with it, and been using it a good 2 years now.
  5. SEGeologist macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2012

    I always go after the cheapest ram. No reason not too, as the companies have to follow the IEEE protocols for the specifications.
  6. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Name brand RAM advantage over cheap-o RAM:

    Good RAM will save you from this:

  7. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    In my old Macbook, I just used some Kingston budget RAM. Never had problems, but I suspect that budget brands have lesser quality control and customer service. You get what you pay for, and you may be lucky, but considering how crucial RAM is, I wouldn't dip too far into the "budget-never-seen-before" companies.
  8. Themegamacman thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2012
    Glad to hear that, but yeah, good point. It's not much of a price difference but could save a lot of hassle.
  9. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2011
    Has anybody here used Komputerbay, like the one listed above?
  10. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2011
    I'm now using the Komputerbay and it's works well and I've had nearly no beachballs. The only questions I have is that I was wondering if it's possible the upgrade could cause my computer to run hotter and have lower battery life? It might just be placebo, but I'm not sure.
  11. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2011
    Still curious if more RAM can make my computer hotter and make battery life decrease. I'd love if someone could answer that for me. Thanks!
  12. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    If you want really good ram, at a low price that will be sold guaranteed to work for your exact make and model of Mac... (or if you want a really good SSD for a Mac), there is only one place to go...

  13. boomhower macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2011
    There's more circuits to be powered so it's going to use more battery power. Will it be enough to be noticed? No.

    Name brand ram is just a few bucks more than off brand. It's higher quality which will result in you getting good ram to start with. You will also get solid support if you would need to exchange it. Why spend top dollar on a Macbook only to cheap out on a ram upgrade?
  14. proximo macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2011
    I spent $90 @ Newegg (10% off special deal) two weeks ago for 16GB of 1333 G.Skill ram for my late 2011 17" MBP and so far it's been flawless. On 4 other computers I have a total of 72GB G.Skill 1333 ram (3 x 16GB and 1x 24GB) that's worked flawlessly for up to 2 years now. Prices are good and the quality has been exemplary.
  15. 7even macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
    I had G.skill ram (almost the cheapest at the time) in my old MBP and it worked fine. I usually just check reviews on newegg or amazon and make sure someone at least mentions it working OK in a MacBook or iMac :p but sometimes it's really luck of the draw. There are some ram sticks labeled "for Mac" but I'm not sure what the difference might be, if any.
  16. user418 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010
    I have the same MBP as you. I have been running the same Corsair RAM you referenced above for a few months now with no issues whatsoever. I purchased from Amazon because they have a good rep and return policy. I don't think you can go wrong with this RAM at this price. If so RMA it and go with the Crucial or OWC brand.

  17. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    I prefer Samsung RAM since Apple uses them in their machines. I have 8 GB installed now and will probably install 16 GB soon however I am waiting to see if the price at Data Memory Systems drops. Right now it is $99 for an 8 GB module or $198 for a 16 GB kit. Corsair charges the same price for their "Mac memory" I noticed as well.
  18. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    No, ram is not just ram. You get what you pay for

    OP, I would stay away from Komputerbay after reading the reviews. Go with a reliable brand. I went with Corsair this go around. Tried the cheap brands in the past and had a few DoAs to scare me off going with budget ram in the future
  19. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    I have purchased RAM from many different places including OWC and have had no problems with any of it. I would just choose the RAM with the lowest price you can find that has a warranty.
  20. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2011
    I returned my Komputerbay RAM, it had a few problems and I wasn't risking it dying later in time. I think I might go with some Corsair but I don't really know enough about that brand so I have to do some research first.
  21. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2011
    Now that it's been a longer time, I'm looking at picking up the Komp Bay RAM again due to the super low price and was wondering if anybody else had tried it yet and can hopefully confirm that I just had a bad set of sticks.
  22. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    Looks like it has tons of good reviews on Amazon, I would go for it.
  23. Themegamacman, Oct 31, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2012

    Themegamacman thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2012
  24. RichardC300 macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2012
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I ordered 8 GB (2x4GB) of Corsair RAM from Newegg last Friday.
  25. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    It's ALL so cheap now..

    Why bother even calling it 'budget'.. Buy something you've at least heard of, or ask.. :apple:

    Chances are it will be good no matter what, but if you have ANY problem and it is caused by trying to save $10 on a $2000 computer.. C'mon.. Really!! :rolleyes:

    ** And as mentioned above, make sure you can EASILY return if any issues.. and if not buying local, you WILL be paying Shipping on that I am sure!!

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