Kingston, Transcend or Gskill?

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  1. Toocool macrumors newbie

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    Purchasing a 4GB x 2 for my base 2011 Mac Mini.. Was wondering which of these three brands are better - Kingston, Transcend or Gskill?

    Gskill is the cheapest, but the other two are priced slightly higher, so don't mind paying more if its worth it.

    Also, will this (link below) work with the Mac Mini 2011? They have mentioned MacBook 2011 / MacBook Pro 2011 / iMac - but no mention of the Mac mini.. So was wondering..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231298

    Thanks :)
     
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  3. Toocool thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. Just found Corsair RAM listing on eBay.. Its still cheaper than Gskill.. How's Corsair and which would you pick if its between Corsair and Gskill?

    Model: CMSO4GX3M1A1333C9
    Memory Size: 4GB
    Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
    Latency: 9-9-9-24
    Number of Modules: 1 x 4GB
    Memory Speed: 1333 MHz
    Memory Standard: DDR3-1333/PC3-10600
    Form Factor: 204-pin SoDIMM
    Voltage: 1.5V
    Error Checking: Non-ECC
    Signal Processing: Unbuffered

    Thanks
     
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    Corsair is a good brand too. As long as you get lifetime warranty, I would go for it. Keep in mind that the G.Skill link I linked is for 2x4GB (i.e. 8GB).
     
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    Am getting lifetime warranty for both.. So if its between Corsair and Gskill, price the same.. Which would you pick for Mac mini ?

    Thanks :)
     
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    If Corsair means eBay and G.Skill NewEgg, then G.Skill because eBay can always be a bit more hassle.
     
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    ADATA isn't as popular as G.Skill so I would stick with G.Skill. ADATA is probably fine too but since the price is the same, I see no reason to pick ADATA over G.Skill.
     
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  11. Vermifuge macrumors 6502

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    With prices as low as they are today I just don't see the point in saving $5 or $10 bucks when you might be getting inferior memory. Bad memory can manifest in a number of different ways. Not just a failed boot but erratic behavior such as applications that quit without reason, audio pops or graphic anomalies. Just don't chance it. Get some quality memory from a company like Crucial that guarantees their ram for life.


    Of the choices listed Kingston is the only one with an untarnished reputation IMO.
     
  12. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Kingston, G.Skill, and Corsair all offer lifetime warranties on their RAM. So, yeah it does make sense to save the 5 or 10 bucks.
     
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    Installed Gskill (4 GB) into my Mini, which had the Samsung (2 GB) stick and all is well if interested.
     
  14. toxic macrumors 68000

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    all memory is the same. the difference between cheap memory and expensive memory is how much testing the chips are put through before being put on sale, but errors are infrequent enough that it's still better to buy cheap and replace as necessary rather than buying expensive all the time.

    and it's not exactly difficult to test memory for errors. usually your computer won't boot if it's bad, otherwise just run Memtest/Rember for a few passes overnight.
     
  15. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    close enough. I am about 400 for 410 with ram sticks over the years.
     
  16. ricardoflamingo macrumors member

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    I had the Corsair and sent it back because of panic attacks or whatever you call them. Replaced with Crucial. Zero issues. About the same price.
     
  17. Vermifuge macrumors 6502

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    This is the exact reason i always stick with crucial.
     
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    For unexperienced kids, yes.
     

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