RAM Sizes?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by eowl, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. eowl macrumors member

    eowl

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    Hi all,

    First of all, I do apologise if this has been asked before, but I have searched on here and on google to find the answer before I asked and couldn't find the answer anywhere.

    I'm going to buy a MacBook Pro today and I am going to upgrade the RAM to 8GB, so was going to buy Apples RAM at about £150, but it has just come to my attention that Crucial sell some cheap RAM thats compatible and is well spoken of at much cheaper prices.

    So heres my question, I found the model I am going to buy on their website and I have 2 options, the 8GB Kit (2x4GB) at £34.79 or the 8GB which is £99.59.

    Why is there such a price difference between the 2, and assuming the more expensive one is better what would you recommend me to buy?

    Thanks for all the help so far!
     
  2. theSeb macrumors 604

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    2 sticks of x RAM is cheaper than one stick with 2x RAM. In other words: 2 x 4 GBs is cheaper than one 8 GB stick. This is because smaller capacities are cheaper. By that token 2x2GB is cheaper than one 4 GB stick.

    If you buy the 2x4 GB kit, then you're stuck with 8 GBs of RAM and will have to throw away/sell when you decide to upgrade to 16 GBs. If you buy the 8 GB stick, then you can upgrade to 16 GBs in the future (or now) if you feel that 8 GBs of RAM is not enough. However, considering that £35 is not even a night out and a couple of pints, I would just get the 2 x 4 GB kit and if you find yourself needing more in the future, upgrade then because memory prices on the larger capacities keep dropping.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Linking them would help since we can't know the difference from the price. Most likely the more expensive RAM is faster (1600MHz or 1866MHz) but that negligible in real world. Just get the cheaper kit.
     
  4. eowl thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, here is the link for the memory: Link!

    Thanks for the replies :)
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    So it's 2x4GB vs 1x8GB, hence the price difference. Just go with 2x4GB because 8GB is plenty for most users and the price of 8GB modules will keep dropping.
     
  6. eowl thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your very quick replies theSeb and Hellhammer!
     
  7. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I know the crucial UK website quite well. He is referring to these:

    http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT2KIT51264BC1339

    http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT102464BF1339

    They are both 10600. The 12800 2x4 GB kit is nearly 4 pounds more

    http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT2KIT51264BC1339

    Cheapest 8 GB sticks that I can find in the UK are:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-...)-204-pin-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-15v

    £63.36 each
     

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