Buying RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by uberjoi, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. uberjoi macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2010
    I have a 15" i5 mbp and am looking to upgrade my ram and I've narrowed my choices to 3. I have no idea what the differences are between them besides the price and was wondering if you guys had any suggestions on which to pick, or if there was another choice that I missed altogether.

    Here are the 3 different products:
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Get it from OWC, they sell very good RAM and their support is great.
  3. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    The Last One.

    The first is just charging you $20 more for the same thing as the last.
    The second is faster but lower latency RAM, and since the bus speed and ram in MBPs is still 1066MHz, you should get the last one.

    Save some money too if its cheaper than OWC. Also many times at, if you buy the 4GB individually (x2) rather than in a kit, it may be cheaper. Just worth looking.
  4. Aboo macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    OP, I just bought this one:

    Its the same as your last link, except its a single 4GB SODIMM. You can get 2 of these for about $200, saving $30 over the 8GB kit.
  5. AppleTech22 macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    I would use OWC, but would shipping costs from both add up? Where as with the kit you are just getting one shipment? I am not sure though
  6. polobreaka macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2009
    Huntington Beach, CA

    it says free shipping :p
  7. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    Why would you recommend OWC? I bought Crucial when I upgraded to 4GB (2x2) but that was because it was on sale.
  8. Aboo macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Honestly, most of these RAM assemblers use the same memory chips anyway. I say go for the cheapest "reliable" brand (i.e. Corsair, Kingston, Mushkin, Crucial, GSkill, OWC, etc.) If you go onto the Newegg site, there are several reviews for most of the modules, and usually interspersed among those are a couple of mac reviews, so just pick the brand that seems to work best. Personally I was a die hard crucial fan, but I just couldn't justify nearly 400 USD that they wanted for an 8gb kit when other companies were selling the same 8GB for about 200!
  9. Kristine macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2005
    I second this.

    I actually just bought two of these 8GB kits last night - one for myself and one for my partner (2010 i5 Macbook Pro's). Will get them early next week as I am in Australia.
  10. johnnymg macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2008
    I bought the mem in your third link. Works fab in my 09 MBP. :cool:
  11. Tiki35 macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada

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