G5 1.6 compatible with regular generic PC memory?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Froduss, May 1, 2004.

  1. Froduss macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2004
    I've seen many messages that have skirted around this issue, but none have directly questioned in plain black and white if ANY PC2700 DDR ram will work in a G5 (or, non specifically, will regular generic PC memory work in a Mac)?

    It seems to me, that Mac consumers are marketed ideas such as "Only this BRAND NAME will work" and "you can't do it yourself, only a company can fix/uprgade this". Very similar to how car manufacturers really try to upsell their OWN proprietary parts and service stations, when in actuality you can go to Auto Zone and buy the same part at a fraction of the price (and install it yourself).

    So if I bought a couple of more affordable generic PC 1gb sticks of PC2700 ram for my G5 1.6ghz, what will happen?

    In response to a previous post where one stated that generic laptop memory might cause problems for a Powerbook, what type of problems? Does that hold true for a regular G5? What type of problems? If it is damaging problems, what could happen? Or is it just something like "...you'l only get 95% of the speed of brand name 2700 memory..."

    It seems that Crucial really holds the market on RAM with Macs, and they look like the good guys who offer a competitive alternative to Apple brand Mac. But for my taste, they seem way over priced.

    Yeah, if you couldn't tell, I'm a PC user also, where you can spend $1500 and build a powerhouse machine compared to spending $1795.00 and having a standard G5.

    You guys are the experts, what are your thoughts?

  2. tpjunkie macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    yes, any PC2700 DDR RAM will work in the 1.6 G5. the only drawback to generic RAM is the occasional bad stick that you can sometimes get with budget memory
  3. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    If your get the same type of RAM with the same speed and the same latency as the RAM in the G5s, then there should be no problem.
  4. mpopkin macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2003
    Chapel Hill, NC
    To answer your question about generic memory and will it work on a g5(base model), there is no reason why not except that despite common premonitions and doubts, there is a quality difference between Generic memory and the mainframe corportations. The memory world is a small one and generic manufacturers get from one source. The other main manufacturers from which you have heard of are 1) Micron(crucial) 2) Samsung(apple PBooks and some Pmacs) 3) Infineon(Specialist in DDR memory) 4) Kingston(lowest quality of all the manufacturers) 5) Rambus(Rdram??who cares about Rdram). Crucial.com is a discount and is bargain compared to the competitors, 1) Apple memory on their site is most likely Samsung, which is not as reliable as Micron(aka Crucial) but charges more because they are selling advanced units designed mainly for graphic cards and smaller uses of memory(aka not 1gb, 2gb quantities) and the cost to put them on a stick of memory is expensive. Crucial on the other hand makes its memory for computers specifically and for bigger sizes and does not use the method samsung uses to make its memory. However, there comes the question as to why not buy generic, because 1) it voids the Apple warranty totally, this especially hurts if you buy applecare 2) it is of inferior quantity and if you own a g5, you should pawn out the extra 50 bucks for Crucial quality and 3) It may actually not work, i would not and do not buy generic memory for anything because i have had problems in the past with it, the companies you buy it from often go out of business and even if they do not, the memory stops working or causes jitters in a high powered system, even if it is a mac. the problem is worse with a pc.
    Recommendation: Screw Apple's off the wall prices for memory and go crucial. it is really the best deal and is a good price for memory, memory is not cheap now because of high demand and the prices crucial charges are reasonable.


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