Confused with RAM..

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Notre, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Notre macrumors newbie

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    Well I just got a new Macbook for Christmas, The Macbook White, 2.1 Ghz with 1GB of RAM.. But I find that this is slow when using design programs. I would like to be able to use my programs at a normal non-freezing speed. Anyway, I was wondering is there a difference between RAM for Macs and Windows, or is it basically the same..
     
  2. enochpeng macrumors regular

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    pretty much the same

    you can fit most laptop DDR2 667 RAMs into the white MacBook and they're very cheap to buy now
     
  3. iTzChasE macrumors 6502

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  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    That RAM has a 667 MHz front-side bus speed. It's slower than the 800 MHz bus speed found in the new white MacBooks.

    RAM that has 200 pins, SODIMM, PC5300 RAM with a speed of 800 MHz (or faster) will work with the new white MacBooks. Perhaps 667 MHz RAM (like the link provided earlier) will work, but why the heck would you bother?

    Basically, any RAM with a bus speed of 800 MHz (e.g: 800 MHz, 1066 MHz) will work on your system, which should have a bus speed of 800 MHz (I think). If you buy 1066 MHz RAM for your white MacBook, it'll just scale down the speed and operate at your computer's bus speed (800 MHz). RAM that is slower than your system's bus speed (e.g. 667 MHz RAM on your system, which has an 800 MHz bus speed) slows your system.
     
  5. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    All of the MBs besides the Aluminums use 667MHz. Otherwise, why would Apple sell the MB with 667MHz RAM? I know the FSB is 800MHz but does that automatically allow the RAM to run at 800MHz? I'm pretty sure it will run at 667MHz if it works. (It probably will work but it is a waste of money due to downclocking to 667.) The iMacs do use the 800MHz RAM though. You are going to want DDR2 PC2-5300 200-pin RAM 2X2GB. This Crucial set from Newegg is newly even cheaper than before with free shipping for $36.99 and no tax. That's a great deal.
     

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