MacBook memory: 2 x 512 MB or 1GB + 256MB

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kraftzwerg, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. kraftzwerg macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2005
    It is actually cheaper to upgrade a MacBook CD from its original 2 x 256 MB memory to 1.25 GB by putting in a single GIG-stick, compared to buying two
    512 MB sticks. Only thing holding me back is that Apple recommends buying matched pairs of memory for maximal performance.

    What do you guys recommend?
  2. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    I would go for 1gb+256MB. Not having matched pairs won't hurt your computer. 1.25 unmatched will probably still be faster than 1 matched. Save up your money and buy a second 1gig stick and max it out at 2gigs. This will be faster and save you money in the long run.
  3. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    1.25GB works great for me. And it also means if you want/need to upgrade it further in the future, you don't have to throw away two perfectly fine 512MB sticks as well.
  4. kraftzwerg thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2005
    Great, thanks, I'll go with 1.25 GB then.
    A quick follow-up question:
    At OWC they sell 1 GB from three different brands, which differ significantly in price, see
    Is there any reason not to go with the cheapest one?
  5. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    I think it is probably worth extra $10 to go with the OWC brand. I don't see any reason to shell out the money for the Samsung.
  6. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    Newegg has cheaper RAM. I believe the G.Skill is about $95 per 1GB stick.
  7. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

    Apr 26, 2003
    I agree - a small premium (over Crucial) for SAMSUNG has worked for me in the past - but the premium has just gotten too large.
  8. mike5732 macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2006
    I got this when I upgraded to 1.25
    It is currently about $96 after a rebate for 1gb. Installation was very easy and the performance is great compared to the 512mb stock. I would definitely go for the 1.25 now and possibly upgrade to 2gb later.

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