Merom and Memory

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Coldhardmac, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. Coldhardmac macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2006

    Yeah, so I think I messed up. Deal is, I ordered a MB from, but after further investigation, canceled the order because I figured the MBP might be for me instead. However, I ordered 2GB OWC memory to stick in the MB, and that can't be canceled (it's on its way). Now I realize that this can also be installed into the MBP, but my question is about Merom...

    I'm now thinking of waiting for Merom to come out in the MBP's. But my question is, will I be able to use the 2GB of memory I ordered in the new MBP's with the Merom chips, or will I be stuck with 2GB of older memory? Just need to know if I should sell the memory I just ordered or keep it for Merom or what. Thanks a bunch.
  2. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    I think you'll be fine. Merom is a pin-for-pin replacement for Yonah.
  3. Coldhardmac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2006
    Well I guess another question would be whether or not the new models which include Merom chips will also include more standard memory? I mean, I hear the 64bit processor will be able to handle alot more upgradable RAM, so if it comes with 2GB memory standard, wouldnt that be a waste of my money? This is all hypothetical of course. I guess the real question to be answered would be would 2GB be considered a small/standard amount for the models that'll include the Merom chips? Thanks again.
  4. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    I doubt it, the 17-inch has 1GB and that's top-shelf. When the PowerMac G5 came out with its 64-bit addressing, it still included 256MB. Only later was it bumped up to 512MB.

    1GB will become standard across the line before Apple offers a laptop with 2GB base.
  5. wonga1127 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2006
    Wishing for a magic bus.
    32 bit can address 4 GB of RAM. Hvaing the ability to adress more won't change the cost of larger MB sticks.
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    2GB of RAM standard? From Apple? Surely you jest.

    It will likely come with 512 and use 2- 256MB sticks.
  7. AntonicKnight macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2006
    It is worth wondering by how much memory prices will have fallen by the time Apple puts Merom in its laptops. My experience is that the price of memory can decrease by half in one year's time. So if you buy memory now and don't use it immediately, it's almost always a waste of money as you can buy the same memory for a lot less when by the time you need it.
  8. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    In 6 months, 2GB sticks may even be going for something approaching reasonable.

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