Memory for the 15" MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Spadoinkles, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Spadoinkles macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,
    I will be purchasing a new 2.4GHz 15" Macbook Pro next month and am currently looking at my options for my memory upgrade.

    First off, getting from Apple. I won't even go there unless I become a rich, spoilt idiot overnight.

    2. Kingston HyperX, 2x 4GB at 1600MHz. I understand only the higher-specced 15" is compatible with 1600 whereas the base model only handles 1333, but both come standard with 1333? This is priced at NZ$159 (NZ$1 = US0.80 approx). Lifetime warranty.

    3. Crucial (somethingmajigggggggy), 2x 4GB at 1333MHz. I understand they definitely have a better brand reputation, but warranty is only three years (and anyone who knows me will know I keep my stuff for a looooooong time). This is priced at NZ$219.

    What to do?
    Also, I'm planning on running an Optibay and have more or less given myself two options:

    1. Apple's 128GB SSD + a 500 or 750GB WD Black (or similar 7200rpm drive)
    2. Intel 310 120GB SSD + Apple's 750GB 7200rpm drive (quite a lot more expensive)

    Advice appreciated! :D

    Last but not least - what are the advantages of the in-flight magsafe adapter? I currently power my Whitebook straight off an American-style two-pin adaptor mounted in the armrest of a large majority of planes I frequently travel on (which for some reason, almost always B777-300). I guess there's no point if what I'm doing right now serves the job?

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145281

    i dont think they deliver internationally but look for these in your local websites or shops, no issues with this ram in my MBP
     
  3. sweetbrat macrumors 65816

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    I got the same Corsair memory, but I ordered mine through Amazon. It's working perfectly in my MBP.
     
  4. Spadoinkles thread starter macrumors regular

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    Given the fact Kingston's HyperX is faster (1600MHz) and about 25% cheaper in my country, should I pick that over the Corsair for the sake of price, speed and warranty, or stick with Corsair for brand reputation?
     
  5. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Right. Most AASPs sell Macs.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1434

    Useless. --> http://techreport.com/articles.x/20377/4

    Better! ;-)

    You can use also the standard Kingston Elpida 1333 MHz memory (click me).

    The cable for the optibay has only a proper shielding for SATA I frequencies. So SATA II & SATA III (higher frequencies) solutions are more or less unstable.

    7200 rpm drives are NOT always faster:
    http://hothardware.com/Reviews/1TB-WD-Scorpio-Blue-25-HD-QuickTake/

    Make sure you buy only 9.5 mm drives, because they have a higher storage density. --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_storage_density#Effects_on_performance
     
  6. Spadoinkles thread starter macrumors regular

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    1. Yeah. I meant the RAM.


    2. No 'standard' Kingston here. The only ones I can get hold of in New Zealand are the HyperX, and Crucial.
    HyperX are cheaper, faster and have lifetime warranty hence I was asking if I should pick those, or the Crucials who really only have their brand reputation on their side.

    Could you explain a little more about the Optibay cable? It won't be specifically MCETech's one, quite possibly a similar caddy cheapo thing if it does the job.

    And yes, 9.5mm drives of course!
     
  7. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    Yes why not? Go for it! Waiting for my second unit to arrive(sold my first MBP)! :)

    My first Hyper X cost 140USD and thats just 3-4 months ago...Just ordered from amazon for 75 bucks!
    If you are looking for SSD check out Samsung just released series 830! Good Luck
     

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