Need advice buying ram for 13" Macbook Pro at Melbourne

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hzxu, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. hzxu macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2008
    I have a 13" macbook pro, the low spec one, which has 2x1GB ram, I want to upgrade the ram, but I have a few doubts:

    1 I often heard the term "mac compatible" ram, so what is exactly mac compatible ram? I only know my macbook pro uses DDR 3 1066 something ram, I found on internet other specs such as 200 pin, 240 pin, how do I make sure the ram is mac compatible? Or my macbook pro compatible?

    2 As I have 2x1GB ram, if I buy 2x2GB ram, the 2x1GB ram will be wasted, it seems if I buy a single 2GB ram, only 1GB is wasted, but I wonder is 4G much better than 3G? I heard 2x2GB can make something called dual-channel, what is it? Is there any big difference?

    3 Brand and Shop. I found several places which have DDR 3 Ram:
    • Organizer World, , $49, Brand: Amicroe
    • MLN. , they have 2GB DDR 3 for $99, Brand: Trenscend
    • A Computer shop at Box Hill, on Whitehorse Road, they have 2GB DDR 3 for $58, Brand: Trenscend
    I wonder why the last two have such a different price, if they are all Trenscend? What is the best brand to choose? What store in Melbourne has best price/value?

    Thanks a lot!
  2. bkarabel macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2007
    i dont know where you live in melbourne, but there is an apple store in moonee ponds , right by puckle street. They have good prices.
  3. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    The store on Whitehorse Road in Box Hill you're talking about is probably Next Computers.

    Usually the cheapest place in Melbourne for computer parts is MSY (but I can't find any laptop DDR3 ram on their site). The next cheapest place is usually CPL Parts.

    I'm not completely sure what RAM works in the MacBook Pro's...but you should be able to find it at any good computer parts supplier (but don't expect them to know if they sell Mac compatible RAM...)

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