OWC Memory

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by autechre, May 18, 2007.

  1. autechre macrumors newbie


    Jan 30, 2007
    I have been reading through different threads about memory upgrades for the MB/MBP/iMac. I plan on getting an iMac as soon as I hear what Steve has to say. However, I want to get memory from OWC, which is the least expensive I have found so far.

    I am currently eyeing this bundle. When I compare it to the Micron original, the OWC branded stuff looks like it has the Micron print right on the chips. So, am I actually getting Micron RAM? If so, why is it so much cheaper than the "original" branded stuff? Is there any reason why I should avoid going the cheaper route? Also, do any of you know what exactly they mean by "Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty"?

    Thanks for your thoughts, guys! :)
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Micron Original means Micron chips on a Micron circuit board assembled by Micron.

    Micron on Third (as sold by OWC and many other brands) means Micron chips on a third party circuit board assembled by a third party.

    If the circuit board is well designed, and the seller stands behind it with a guarantee of compatibility, then there is not much difference to worry about between Micron original or Samsung original, or Micron or Samsung on third. They will have exactly the same specs and performance inside your Mac.

    Thats where the reputation of the seller comes into play, you are trusting them to do the testing, and to offer good quality modules, not iffy ones. OWC has an excellent reputation, and is one of the most-recommended US sellers here, along with Crucial and Data Memory Systems.

  3. autechre thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 30, 2007
    Thanks, Trevor! That answers my question perfectly! I really appreciate your response!:D
  4. mwp98223 macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2007
    Conway Washington
    Warranty ok?

    Does replacing ALL of the original Apple memory void the warranty on the unit or just Apple support on the memory? The bundle cited by the OP is a great price for 3GB of memory, but it means totally swapping out all the Apple memory.
  5. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    Replacing ram will not void the warranty. If you have an issue and are concerned about it, you can always swap the old ram back in, assuming you don't break anything, which you won't, unless you're hamfisted, in which case you should have bought a windows machine.

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