Does Apple manufacture RAM?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by crackbookpro, May 19, 2009.

  1. crackbookpro macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
    I was talking to an IT guy from a web development company at a fundraiser over the weekend, and he was telling me that Apple has never actually manufactured their own RAM...and saying even their Apple Memory Cards are truely a third-party card with the Apple name on it.

    Is this true?

    ...If this is true, what company manufactures for them?

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Samsung was popular in the past but Hynix is what I see in the majority of systems today.

    The components are just the same low bid OEM materials you can get anywhere else.

    Foxconn and ASUS usually handle the logic boards and assembly.
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Its true. Various manufacturers supply them. Hynix, Samsung and others.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Yep, standard PC part with Apple packaging, bar codes, and inserted into their parts system.

    The memory is just a standard PC part with no changes beyond the sticker on the part, much like the Hard Drive and Optical Drive.

    The Asus, Foxconn, etc. logic board components for computers and products are Apple designs.

    While their logic board for their computers may be a relatively standard PC design, Apple puts their own twist on the board instead of buying standard PC boards from Asus, Foxconn, etc. Where Apple strays from the standard logic board shape, and opts for some alternate ethernet, wireless, etc. vendors that Nvidia and Intel tend to use for their chipsets.
  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Virtually no OEM (Apple, Dell, Gateway, IBM, etc) makes their own components.

    They receive their parts from Intel/AMD/nVidia/ATi/Samsung/Hynix/Seagate/Western Digital/etc etc etc and build them into a single computer for the consumer market.
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Yeah everything (mostly all electronics) is done by the Chinese or Koreans nowadays.
  7. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Don't forget the Taiwanese. Foxconn is based in Taiwan I believe, and they do a TON of assembly/manufacturing for Apple.
  8. crackbookpro thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
    another ?

    I usually get Kingston or Mushkin because I trust both companies. All my Macs have upgraded Ram by a third party(except for the iMac which I bought with 4GB(but I guess that point is nullified now))...They work(ed) well, but on my MacBook Uni(Feb 09) I feel my upgrade from 2GB to 4GB of DDR3 really didn't do anything that was drastically noticeable like in my BlackBook upgrade of 2GB to 4GB of DDR2. I mean, I really didn't notice a difference in Flash or video rendering in After Effects on my Uni...The 2GB was just fine in my Uni!

    so I have a couple of questions I am pondering about...

    Is there a particular RAM manufacturer we should go with for our Macs?

    Also, has anyone felt their upgrade in the Uni MacBook was nothing, or minimal at best???

  9. pellets007 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2009
    New York
    While you can never have too much RAM, you won't use what you don't need. I noticed a dramatic difference when running three rather intensive programs.
  10. peepboon macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
    I just received my crucial sticks (4GB) today for my Macbook Unibody 2.0. It works perfectly, no problems like some have mentioned :D
  11. namefornow macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2011
    What is it a big secret???

    I just called the apple store where I recently got the ram in my 15" i7 Macbook Pro upgraded to the max. The old 2GB were given back to me. I noticed the brand was hynix - ECO. I never thought about the brand of ram apple was using so I checked the apple store to see if the same brand was installed this time.

    THEN, they said they COULDN'T TELL ME what brand apple uses or what was installed and they are sworn to secrecy.

    WHAT THE HELL?????

    He wouldn't even level with me and give me an explanation of some sort. Just, no, I'm hanging up.


    Its seems slightly illegal
  12. svenn macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    I think you were fed a bit of a story there, but the outcome is the same. Ram is essentially a commodity now, so even if it doesn't have the all-empowering Apple stamp on it, it should work just fine no matter the brand. Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus etc don't make ram either, many probably use the same stick that comes in your mac
  13. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009

    You actually paid Apple for a RAM upgrade?
  14. namefornow macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2011
    I have purchased other RAM like Axiom and others a few times over the years and they all have screwed up my system for some reason. So I got tired of paying discounts on off brand RAM that I just threw away in the end.

    If I was able to know what RAM they were putting in I would probably have just bought that brand off ebay

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