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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pelachrum, May 15, 2006.
any idea if Apple store will offer free RAM upgrades anytimes soon?
I could be wrong, but I don't think they've ever done this...
...hmm maybe I saw it on one of the other sites then... good point
what's a good source of Mac RAM then to buy independently, getting an upgrade from Apple is not a good idea is it?
People here often rely on OWC, Crucial, or DMS.
Buying from Apple is generally regarded as a bad idea due to their pricing (though it's not as bad as it used to be). Just be sure you know the warrantee policies of the company you buy from...you want a lifetime unconditional warranty with advance replacement.
Probably not, usually discount prices in the "special deals" section of the Apple Store when a machine in EOLd.
Since Apple has done well with this section of the Apple Store, it almost seems like their rebates and free stuff has been reduced.
Eh, better off going with a 3rd party vendor for that. RAM is pretty cheap these days anyway, and I'm sure you'd end up paying for any "free" upgrade somehow.
They do. But only in the refurbs though. That too only a lucky few ones
RAM from apple is extortionatly high. I would buy RAM from crucial or kingston.
Last time I remember a RAM special from Apple was back at the end of 2002 when they had a promotion to double your RAM for $100 or something. I wouldn't exactly hold my breath waiting for them to do something like that again.
Macmall.com offers RAM upgrades that usually come out to be free with mail in rebates when you purchase a Mac from them. You most likely won't see it on Apple's site...
Edit: I just looked on their site and it doesn't look like they are doing that offer at this time. However, I know many people who have gone through them and got the offer. It seems the new offer now is getting a Mac with Boot Camp and Windows preinstalled...
I've been told to be cerful about source of RAM though.
People had instances of getting it from places other than Apple and it worked initially but flipped out on them when they tried to upgrade to Tiger for instance. It turnes out g5's are really picky about the RAM.
I'm not a fan of monopoly here but Apple's chips are supposed to be more expensive but also they actually work without issues
my experience is in big part in PC's and the situation there is about manufacturers of memory reselling chips that don't pass their target speed to companies that sell them at lower speeds, cheaper
would Apple memory be subject to the same issues?
...how is Apple memory different from PC anyway?
having said that, who actually makes RAM for Apple?
I know that Apple has used Crucial (Micron), Samsung and Hynix RAM...I'm sure there are/have been other suppliers.
I've purchased both OWC and Crucial third-party RAM and never had a problem. But based on other people's experiences, both companies will take care of you if your RAM ever goes bad. Any of those three I cited in my previous post have excellent reputations amongst Mac users. That's not to say you can't get good RAM elsewhere, but those guys are definitely top-notch.
would anyone know a reputed third party Ram seller in Australia pref around Melbourne...