RAM, any difference in brands?

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  1. jlanuez macrumors 6502

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    We are buying a 24" iMac with 1GB RAM, then buying 2x2GB RAM after market (see choices below) to replace the 1GB of :apple:RAM. This should save us $600! :D

    QUESTION:
    Is there any difference in QUALITY of these?
    The Micron & Samsung both say "Factory Original"

    1) DMS $198
    2) OWC $180
    3) Techworks $195
    4) Micron $210
    5) SAMSUNG $296

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    I was thinking about going with the MICRON @ $210
    just because it was "factory original" and made in USA.
     

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  2. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    I usually always go with the cheapest, but read the reviews on newegg to make sure they've had a good experience with them. As far as my understanding goes. All RAM is pretty much the same. But there are reasons why the more expensive ones are priced that way.

    I know there are others that know a lot about this subject, so I'll let them handle that.

    I've always bought well reviewed "cheap" RAM and have never had a problem.
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Probably the most important thing is how they handle bad memory ...
     
  4. jlanuez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    #2-5 were all from OWC and most said "Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty"
     
  5. MacinDoc macrumors 68020

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    Yes, they are called mark-up and marketing.

    Now, some of the more expensive RAM offers a higher bus speed, but this is not relevant for Macs, because their bus speeds are usually not customizable.

    As long as you buy from a manufacturer that has established a good reputation, you should be OK. OWC has been around longer than the mainstream internet, specializes in Mac upgrades, and is a good choice.

    Also, avoid any RAM with spacers. It will likely not fit in your iMac.
     
  6. Nermal Moderator

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    That's because Apple uses both brands in their systems.
     
  7. jlanuez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sold!


    DONE. I'm buying the MICRON @ $210.
     
  8. solvs macrumors 603

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  9. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    in desktop pcs at least..good expensive ram is better for overclocking..

    since this is a laptop and you can't really overclock it anyways..i don't think it matters all that much
     
  10. solvs macrumors 603

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    It's an iMac, but you're still right, overclocking doesn't come into play.
     
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    That isn't what I meant, I'm talking about how the companies you buy it from handle bad memory.

    Restocking fees, pay to return, etc. or none of the above.

    I didn't click on the links, but typically that'll be the major difference in quality -- customer service.

    Edit: other than that. Since we don't overclock memory on the Macs ... as long as it works without kernal panics, we see little difference in memory.
     
  12. oldMac macrumors 6502a

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    Don't buy the cheapest unless you enjoy returns

    My experience says never buy the cheapest. I've gone that route and grown tiresome of returns. Yes, that includes the cheapest from OWC, MacSolutions, etc.

    These days, I go with the cheapest reputable brand available and buy from a Mac-focussed seller with a good return policy. I've had very good luck with Kingston and Samsung.

    Definitely go with a Mac-focussed seller as the RAM they're selling is more likely to have been tested in Macs. (Which sounds obvious, but there is a lot of RAM on the cheaper end that just doesn't work in Macs regardless of how the specs line up.)

    Also, use your installer CD to run a hardware test after you install it. Sometimes memory will initially look okay (boot) but actually have some problems that will exhibit as system crashes later.
     

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