RAM question

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by jaykub, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. jaykub macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2004
    ok I've heard that some 3rd party RAM can screw up your computer..... I have a G5 with a gig of ram, I just bought another gig (PNY.....2 x 512 chips)

    I havent put it in yet but some people told me I should have bought apple ram because it will be better all around for my G5 and that most of the time 3rd party ram sucks and causes more trouble than its worth..... so should I return the PNY ram and get some apple ram?

    I do alot of audio/video production and the last thing I want is some faulty ram slowing things down.... thanks
  2. pdpfilms macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    I have 2gb of extra RAM installed, all non-apple. Things work great, I've never had an issue. Apple charges buttloads for their ram, and you can get the same product for much cheaper. Crucial is a suggested brand, and i've heard some so-so comments about PNY.

    Lets see what everyone else has to say...
  3. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Whoever told you that is wrong. During the manufacturing process there is bound to be a few bad chips, and Apple is no exception with their supplier. The vast majority will simply work, provided it meets the specifications required by Apple.
  4. jaykub thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2004
    so basically PNY is ok but not the best..... should I return it for some crucial ram?

    anyone have any experience spcifically with PNY ram? any horror/success stories?
  5. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I got some Mushkin memory from Newegg for my PowerMac and it works great. And much cheaper than buying directly from Apple. Don't buy cheap ram, but don't overpay for Apple's either. There are plenty of good RAM brands out there, like Mushkin, Corsair, Crucial and Kingston to name a few.
  6. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    I have had some bad experiences with PNY in the uni's macs. Personally i bought 2 512mb sticks of RAM from a reputable RAM company, trying to save a few dollars over Crucial. The first two sticks the reputable RAM company sent me were bad, as were the two they sent as replacements. I got my refund and bought 2 sticks from Crucial, and have had zero problems from them.

    That said, where ever you decide to buy the PNY RAM from, make sure they have a decent return policy!

    I have heard good things about Data Memory Systems but have not dealt with them. I highly recommend Crucial.
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Fan of crucial RAM here. In fact, I just ordered another gig of Ram from them tonight for my Power Mac G5.
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    First thing, or course, Apple RAM is third party RAM -- just sold by Apple.

    The difference between buying PNY brand or any other PC Generic RAM from BestNewTigerEggCompBuyCity.com; vs. RAM from a Mac-knowledgeable vendor, is that the PNY is neither tested not guaranteed compatible with your Mac. It may work, it may not, and it may work until the next OS upgrade, then stop. It all depends if it has been manufactured and programmed to the correct settings for your PowerMac. It's down to luck and your tolerance for testing it yourself and possibly returning.

    A good Mac vendor will test and ensure that the RAM's Serial Presence Detect settings are correct, will provide a guarantee of compatibility, a lifetime warranty and a no-cost return if it doesn't work.

    In the USA, I second the vote for Data Memory Systems .

  9. jaykub thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2004
    I picked it up at compusa the other day..... I think I'm gonna return it and go for some crucial ram
  10. uaaerospace macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    Several months ago, I added to my G5 PM a gig from Crucial. No problems.
  11. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    I put in a 512 stick of non "apple" ram last week and i haven't had a problem. My PB is sooo much snappier now!

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