Crucial vs OWC memory for iMac Retina

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Noctilux.95, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. Noctilux.95 macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hey guys,

    Is paying a higher premium for OWC over Crucial worth it? OWC sells their 16gb ram on sale for $160 vs $115 for Crucial.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Absolutley not. If the memory meets the specs and is from a vendor who will be around if you have a warranty issue, just get whatever is cheapest.
  3. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Not really unless customer service is critical to you. IMHO OWC's customer service is the best around, however for a RAM upgrade the bottom line is it works or it doesn't.
  4. shaunp macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2010
    I've always used Crucial in several laptops and a nMP. Never had an issue with any of it. I wouldn't buy anything else as they have always been reliable and the price has always been good.
  5. dyt1983, Mar 24, 2015
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    dyt1983 macrumors 65816

    May 6, 2014
    edit: To remove personally identifying information not relevant to the thread.
  6. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Crucial RAM will work fine. No reason to pay more than you need.
  7. kepler20b macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2014
  8. kant macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2004
    UPS just dropped off my 5k purchased from BH.

    I came very close to buying the crucial 2x8 for $114 but there was one review that said that his Apple ram didn't play well with the Crucial. It worked fine with one or the other but not together.

    So I'm going to fly for a couple of weeks with just the Apple ram (16gb) and if I see any lag*, I'll buy 32gb of the Crucial and do something with the OEM sticks.

    *if I see any lag, first I'll tear up a bit, then I'll buy the Crucial. :)
  9. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    I have 16 gb of Crucial playing happily with 8 gb of Apple.

    I haven't noticed any problems.
  10. aesc80 macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2015
    I read a couple of those posts too. Though one found that the CT2C8G3S160BM Crucial did well at 32GB, while another found that having the old Apple ram with the same Crucial worked reliably as well. Sounds like the late 2013 27" is finicky with memory. That being said, I still ordered 32 GB today - hoping the forum recommendation is right.
  11. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    I was getting crashes and the wake from sleep crashes etc with Crucial. I switched to OWC about 3 weeks ago and its been fine. A few others have had to do this too.
  12. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    And I have 16GB of the Crucial coexisting happily with 16GB of Apple Elpida and no problems at all. I've been using it for over a year now.
  13. fuchsdh macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2014
    This is my thought as well. RAM from Crucial or OWC are pretty rock-solid, so I don't see the point in paying the premium to OWC for something as basic as RAM. One the occasion one of the old '06 Mac Pro sticks went bad OWC was damn fast with replacements, but I can't think of any RAM I've had go bad from either of them aside from that across all my and my company's Macs.
  14. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    Crucial RAM has a lifetime warranty and their support is actually quite good in my experience. They also actively monitor and participate in their own user support forums.

    As rare as it is, bad RAM is usually immediately identifiable. If purchased through Amazon you need never deal with Crucial at all.

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