Memory Upgrade for MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cadium, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. Cadium macrumors member

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    Hello everyone,
    I have a MacBook Pro 15.4-inch that utilizes the "Santa Rosa" chipset, from Late 2007. I would like to upgrade the RAM in my Mac however I haven't upgraded a Mac before (this is my first Mac).

    I have heard good things about Crucial and OWC and I am able to order OWC at a pretty decent price with shipping (to Canada). Which one should I go with? Anyone here familiar with OWC and their RAM upgrade kits? I am looking to upgrade to 4 GB.

    Thanks.
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

    swiftaw

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    If you're in Canada you should also check out canadaram.com
     
  3. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    OWC is usually one of the first names that come recommended when people ask about RAM upgrades. You're on the right track :).
     
  4. Cadium thread starter macrumors member

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    Excellent! Now, on a MacBook Pro will there be much of a difference in using low-latency memory vs standard memory?

    The reason I ask is because OWC offers both types of 4 GB RAM kits and if there is a decent performance increase (without sacrificing stability) I would be willing to pay the extra ~$10.00 for the lower latency SODIMMs.
     
  5. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

    winninganthem

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    There is not enough of a difference between CL5 and CL4 latency RAM to justify the increased price. BareFeats.com did a bunch of benchmarks comparing the two with Macs, but I can't seem to find the article at the moment ><.

    But yeah, my opinion is for you to just get the higher latency RAM because you probably won't notice the difference. The numbers pumped out by benchmarks will be slightly faster, but won't make enough of a difference for a human to really notice it.
     
  6. Macloven macrumors regular

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    I just upgraded from 2 gig to 4 using the "faster" latency chips from Corsair. There was a decent rebate on it, so figured wth. In OSX, I notice no difference in how it runs, but of course VMWare runs better with the extra memory allocated. I did read the benchmark tests and the differences were minimal at best. So no harm but worth the extra $'s...probably not.

    Mark
     

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