Does Ram quality affect performance on G5?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Philoman, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. Philoman macrumors member


    Feb 24, 2003
    Can someone tell me if buying Kingston ram over Geil ram (both paired) will make any difference on the G5? If there are, what are the difference beside material quality. Most all ram seems to come with lifetime.

    There is about $200.00 difference. is this worth paying more?

  2. daveL macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2003
    See the other current thread on the Dell RAM offer. You may be able to get Kingston memory at the price point you want. Just a thought.
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    RAM quality:
    RAM either performs at the rated speed without errors, or it has errors.
    Once the RAM is inside your Mac, as long as it is error-free one brand will be equivalent to the next.

    So the question really is: what is the chance that a particular brand of RAM will work without errors, first try.

    Some configurations of PC3200 modules do not work in Macs. Apple does not say why or why not. Some manufacturers test every module before they are sold, which will mean a failure rate of below 1%, while some do only spot-testing, which can lead to as many as 5% bad modules, which costs you time and hassle returning it.

    What you are paying for in brand name is
    1) The company's reputation for testing and delivering working modules
    2) The company's assurance that their modules work on Macs
    3) The warranty coverage - what happens if it doesn't work out of the box, what happens if it fails in 2 years? Some companies only guarantee the RAM if it was used in the model of machine it was sold for.

    Re: the other thread on Dell RAM; Kingston has a good reputation for testing (1). The Dell-sold Kingston RAM will absolutely not have a Mac compatibility assurance (2) and you will have to verify the warranty (3)

    Geil is a new brand, so (1) is unknown. You will have to check yourself for (2) and (3)


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