Keep or Trade in Stock RAM

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  1. turtlebud macrumors 6502a

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    Do you keep your stock RAM or trade it in when you order more RAM for your Mac Pro. The 2.8 octo that I'm ordering comes with 2x1GB sticks. I will likely be adding 8gigs (4x2GB). OWC offers a trade-in value of $32.50 for my 2x1GB RAM sticks. The only reason I could see that is worth keeping the stock RAM is if anything goes wrong and you need to bring it into apple for repairs - they typically as you to send it with the stock RAM (ie, as close to stock config as you can).
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Exactly why I've kept mine.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  4. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    I not only kept mine, I use it. I have 10gigs of ram.
     
  5. barefeats macrumors 65816

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    Keep it to install if you have to take it in for warranty or AppleCare repair. That way they can't say, "It's that there third party memory that's causing yer problem."
     
  6. 01jamcon macrumors 6502a

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    Yh. that's a great point, if you have a Mac Pro, surely you can fit in the extra sticks right? If not, keep just in case, I'd say.
     
  7. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    That depends on which Mac Pro you're talking about. I have an 8 core machine coming, and I have 6 sticks of 2GB memory coming from OWC. Benchmark testing has proven that installing memory in multiples of 3 is the sweet spot for the new machines. Using the old memory would only add 2GB to the total installed in the machine, so I strongly doubt I will use it.

    Once the new memory is installed and tested, it is unlikely to fail, so I will probably sell the old memory. I have installed 3rd party memory in each of my laptops and have never been denied warranty coverage because of it. Of course, memory has never yet been the cause of the failure, either.
     
  8. Fomaphone macrumors regular

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    my understanding is that as long as you install third-party RAM produced to apple's specifications, and don't try to put in something that shouldn't be in there, RAM installation won't void your apple care access... it just means that your RAM won't be covered by apple care. in my view, if i was having an issue with a computer, i wouldn't want to change the configuration to get the problem fixed and then change it back to how it was before the problem.

    also, if the problem is that there third party RAM. OWC's memory comes with a lifetime warranty and their excellent no questions asked RMA process that I've used in the past.

    edit: by the way, if you choose not to send in your apple RAM, transintl's price is $10 lower than OWC's for 6x2gb sticks, and it also comes with a lifetime warranty (but i don't know if it's advance replacement like OWC or if you have to deal with added lag time of sending it in. moot i guess if you're hanging on to the old RAM anyway)
     
  9. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    OP, if money isn't a problem, which it probably isn't since you have a MP, i would just keep the stock RAM just in case.
     
  10. Fomaphone macrumors regular

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    haha... money IS a problem because i have a mac pro...
     
  11. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    lol sorry i was addressing the OP.
     

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