Crucial Apple & Non-Apple memory

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by grubber, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. grubber macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2005
    Anyone know why Crucial's Apple memory is so much more expensive than the non-Apple memory?

    I'm looking to get 1GB for my PB G4 1.5, and the Apple-compatible version (CT434204) is $218 while the non-Apple (CT12864X335) is $152.

    Both are DDR PC2700, 200 SO-DIMM, NON-ECC, unbuffered, 2.5CL, 128x64, 2.5V.... I can't see any difference, but one is 50% more expensive. Anyone have any ideas?
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Because they are different modules. You can't see the difference because the DDR PC2700, 200 SO-DIMM, NON-ECC, unbuffered, 2.5CL, 128x64, 2.5V spec is nowhere near complete.

    Crucial found that when they changed the build of their generic CT12864X335 (as PC generic companies do all the time) it was then incompatible with a number of PB G4's. They had to bring out a different build CT12864X335AP specifically for the Powerbooks.

    So the module they guarantee works in the PowerBook is the CT434204. The generic may work in some Powerbooks but won't in others, and Crucial won't guarantee compatibility.

    BTW: That CT434204's gone up from $193 to $218 in a week (!)

  3. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    I emailed Crucial UK recently as I was comparing the 1GB module for my Powerbook with the cheaper one available for the iBook.
    Here's the reply I got:

    I decided to play safe and ended up paying the extra for the guaranteed PB compatible part.
  4. grubber thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2005
    Thanks for your responses guys! I googled this issue and your answers are the most informative of the ones I got. I guess I'll just watch the prices and hope they get reasonable! I'm thinking WoW is going to play MUCH better with more than 512MB of RAM.

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