RAM for my macbook also

reaganjh

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Jul 31, 2008
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could someone please tell me how much ram my macbook can support?

Model Name: MacBook
Model Identifier: MacBook3,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
Boot ROM Version: MB31.008E.B02
SMC Version (system): 1.24f2
Serial Number (system): W8743F3LZ64
Hardware UUID: 10757387-BD16-5A75-9189-E5465DEE9BCE

it's the black "late 2007" model? what generation is that exactly?

sorry if this is a common/dumb/annoying question. i really did search around before posting. i just need to know the generation before i buy from the apple store.
 

stridemat

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Off the top of my head its 4GB, but thats probably wrong.

Go to the crucial website and run the system scanner. It will tell you how much and of what type of ram you need.
 

tkermit

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Mactracker says 6.0 GB (actual), 4.0 GB (Apple), while Apple-history simply lists 4 GB as the maximum amount of RAM. Might want to research a bit more to see if you can squeeze 6 GB in there (if you're interested in that)... :) Since identical pairs will give you optimal performance due to the system's dual-channel mode, I'd probably prefer installing a matching 4 GB configuration (2x2GB).

EDIT: Relevant Crucial link for your model
 

tkermit

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thanks for that crucial website. i ran the test and it says 4GB. i had also already downloaded mactracker but i never noticed that memory part... i see it now, though. what does "6GB (actual)" mean?

i think i'm going to get 4GB. but i can't find 2x2GB :S only 2x1GB

i still don't know the generation also?

http://store.apple.com/au/browse/home/shop_mac/mac_accessories/memory?mco=MTM3ODc4MzU

i am looking at ram here
The 'actual' part from Mactracker probably means that your Macbook is capable of using 6 GB, but that it is not supported or specified that way by Apple.

here. I personally wouldn't buy directly from Apple. Their memory prices are insane. You also seem to be right in that they only seem to be selling 1 GB chips for your laptop :confused: ...
 

reaganjh

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at first i sort of wanted to get it from apple regardless of the price... idk, just so i'm certain it will be ok. but you're right; they are way too expensive, and since they don't have 2x2GB.. i might look elsewhere now.

thanks for your help!
 

tkermit

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OK i'm going to buy this http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=C599448AA5CA7304

what do you think? i see they recommended crucial in the other ram thread. this is a good brand? i've never bought ram before. this is so much cheaper! any reason why apple ram is so expensive?
Good choice. As far as I know Crucial have a very good reputation, although I personally use Kingston's ValueRam, which hasn't ever given me any problems either (*). Don't let Apple's high prices in this case fool you into thinking that you are more likely to get your money's worth from them. The reason that Apple's RAM is so expensive is simply their tendency to allow for a greater than usual profit margin. Good if you're an AAPL investor, bad if you're the consumer.

(*) EDIT: I should add that apparently compatibility with Kingston's valueRAM series is not guaranteed.
 

stridemat

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I have crucial ram in my macbook and it works flawlessly. Never had any problems with them, but if you do the return and warranty is top notch.
 

reaganjh

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As far as I know Crucial have a very good reputation, although I personally use Kingston's ValueRam, which has also never given me any problems. Apple actually use somewhat cheap chips, which admittedly should not be noticeable in actual use. Don't let their high prices in this case fool you into thinking that you are more likely to get your money's worth from them. The reason that Apple's RAM is so expensive is simply their tendency to allow for a greater than usual profit margin. Good if you're an AAPL investor, bad if you're the consumer.
thanks again! i just bought the crucial.
 

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