Is MPB DDR3 ram different?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by okizen, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. okizen macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2012
    Is the DDR3 ram OF MBPs physically different to the DDR3 ram of PCs?
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    No. Just make sure you have the same clock speed.
  3. okizen thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2012
    Thanx appleguy
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    Yes it is the mbp uses sodimm's
  5. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Get DDR3L Low Voltage RAM (1.25 or 1.35V) if you have a 2011 MBP and it you find them for similar cost as 1.5V. Saves a bit of battery life and often costs about the same. Don't pay for expensive RAM with fancy names it is never worth it.
  6. daffy67 macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2012
    No need to get the super speedy stuff either, make sure its CAS 9.
    I have 8GB of Corsair Value ram in my 2011 13"
  7. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Which IIRC is CAS 15 :)
  8. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    It's the same the ram companies try and sell "Mac memory" for a few extra dollars but it's the same ram with a different sticker on them
  9. squeakr macrumors 68000


    Apr 22, 2010
    Agreed on this, but the reputable companies selling it as MAC specific usually certify that it is tested and fully compatible with MAC hence the added cost. This is the same as THX certifications, they only certify that the hardware meets and/ or exceeds the standards for THX certification and have the right to carry the branding. It doesn't mean the hardware is better or more reliable (lots of manufacturers will build equipment to a higher standard, yet not carry the high end certifications so they can save on costs and pass the savings on to the customer).
  10. daffy67 macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2012
    Not quite, 9-9-9-24 is the SPD rating :)

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