Crucial RAM for mac more expensive?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gigiuk, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. gigiuk macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2006
    Hi all

    Sorry if this has been asked before or if i'm totally missing something here but I was looking at the Crucial UK store for a 1GB SODIMM for my 15-inch 1.25 GHz powerbook (specs: DDR PC2700 • CL=2.5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR333 • 2.5V • 128Meg x 64) at £118:

    and then by chance I came across a SODIMM with exactly the same specs for the Acer Travelmate 2700 series laptop at only £88??

    Would that SODIMM work on my powerbook?

  2. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Bear in mind if you buy a module for which it is not speced for, it may not be covered under warranty if it doesn't work.
  3. PaulinMaryland macrumors regular


    May 17, 2006
    Maryland, USA
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    You should buy ram from OWC - they're a Mac specialist and have excellent Mac support, and I'm sure you'll find it comes highly recommended by many people on this site.
  5. CuteGothTech macrumors member


    Jul 30, 2006
    Sodimms always work on laptops. (Small Outline). But the question you should be asking is, are Apple laptops picky with who makes their RAM to wether they will work with a certain commpany's RAM and not others? And the answer is YES! You need to make sure you buy it from a company that makes good RAM. If that means paying a little more, then so be it. You don't want your computer acting up later on down the road and having to pay diagnostic fees because you bought a cheap piece of RAM do you?
  6. gigiuk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2006

    That explains it, many thanks - I won't buy from crucial anymore.

    BTW, i've been reading these forums for I while and you guys are great.

  7. tobio macrumors regular


    Sep 5, 2004
    I found exactly those prices when I was buying a 1GB chip for my powerbook. crucial memory configurator came up with £111 or so, then over to to buy the exact same Crucial memory from their crucial memory section. £88 including VAT. or thereabouts

    Use crucial as a reference to find out exactly what speed and spec of RAM you need then buy it elsewhere. They are a complete rip-off
  8. AndyR macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I just bought 2gb Optival ram for the MacBook from eBay for £105 delivered! Works an absolute treat and no problems so far (except getting the dam screws of the mem cover!!)

    It came from the USA and only took 4 days with standard shipping so I'm well chuffed. The eBay ID was appleharvestcomputing so is worth having a look. Much cheaper than Crucial.
  9. Moe macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2003
    I'm not ready to write off Crucial's varied pricing as some kind of conspiracy. I think it's good intentions (making it easier for the customer) gone wrong, because their implementation of different part numbers for the same memory makes it too easy for them to miss some on updates. For a 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC5300 upgrade:

    Straight to the appropriate memory - CT2KIT12864AC667 $293.99

    The iMac 2.00 and white MacBooks are, like going straight to the memory, $293.99. However, some models appear not to have been updated:

    Mac Mini 1.5 Core Solo - CT541128 $302.81

    Mac Mini 1.66 Core Duo - CT541127 $302.81

    MacBook 2.00 black - CT541627 $302.81

    iMac 1.83 (17 inch) - CT541064 - $302.81

    The same memory is $154.99 x 2 from newegg

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