New iMac 27", RAM which brand?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Adamx, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Adamx macrumors member

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    Hello everybody,
    Soon I'm going to order an Imac 27" 3.4ghz with 2gb Geforce.
    I'm still on hold to get a video from OWC in order to upgrade my future machine with an 240GB Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD 2.5"OWC SSD.

    Meanwhile I'm going to upgrade the ram with a 32Gb (4x8Gb modules) so my FCP is going to be happy with it once for all.

    Which brands is the best pick for you guys?
    OWC, Crucial etc.?

    What is the main differences at the end? Just the price?
    What Brand are you going to use in your machines people?

    Thanks a lot! :)
    My english is crap btw, excuse me in advance! lol
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I swear by Crucial, great prices, excellent customer service and a lifetime warranty...The scanner app on the site will identify the correct modules for you.

    Others like Kingston, but a cautionary word...If you do buy from them avoid the "Value" RAM...It's not up to the job.
     
  3. thrtytwo macrumors newbie

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    I just ordered 32GB from crucial. only ~$160. better than the $725 apple wanted (aus)
     
  4. Peakbagger macrumors newbie

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    I went for the Kingston HyperX. It's the only CL9 I could find. Also, the only one with heat spreader. Little more expensive than the CL11s out there but still much cheaper than Apple RAM.
     
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    Sorry this post just reminded me of the 1800 Contacts commercial. “MY BRAND!”

    I got the Kingston hyperx stuff but I was just grabbing whatever was cheapest.
     
  9. Fantola macrumors member

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    Why? I just bought 32 gigs of those ?? :(

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    Doesnt it have to be 11 CL? arcording to owc its cl 11!
     
  10. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    No, it can be CL9, or even CL 7, but that would most likely only be available at 1333MHz. The SODIMMS contain a table containing the latencies for various clock speeds. The CPU's memory controller reads the info, and sets its frequency at the highest speed that both it and the SODIMM can handle. It then sets the the RAM's CL timing for that speed according to the table info.
     
  11. Hexley macrumors 6502a

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    Kingston HyperX
    KHX16S9P1K2/16
    16GB (2 x 8G)
    DDR3 1600
    Cas Latence 9
    Voltage 1.5V
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104317&Tpk=KHX16S9P1K2/16

    It's the only memory of this FSB and size with the lowest Cas Latence of 9.

    It works with 2012 Macs.

    Priced at $145 for 16GB so you'll be spending $290 for 32GB.

    In my case I got G.SKILL F3-1600C10D-16GSQ as it's the cheapest Cas Latency 10 memory at $70 for 16GB so I'll be spending $140 be spending $140. It works with 2011 and 2012 Macs.
     
  12. Fantola macrumors member

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    So why is it better to have a lower CL?
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAS_latency#Effect_on_memory_access_speed
     

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