RAM Upgrade: Aftermarket or Apple?

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RAM: Apple or Aftermarket?

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  1. Lloydehhh macrumors member

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    Right, what do you think? I want to get a 13" MBP i7 for on-the-go video editing. Id like 8GB of RAM but is it better to get it aftermarket? Is Apples ram more reliable? Or is this just a myth?
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    Buy aftermarket from Newegg or OWC without question.

    Gskill, OWC, Nuram, crucial, ect are all great brands.
     
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    "Apple RAM" is the same stuff you can get from any electronics store. Definitely get from aftermarket.
     
  5. Mik3F macrumors 6502

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    Aftermarket as it is cheaper and works just the same
     
  6. Floodly macrumors newbie

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    Having had 6 Apple laptops over 8 years, I've never had a problem with either Apple or OWC RAM. For the last 3 Macbook Pros, I bought OWC ram and have been pleased with their performance.
     
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    Check out crucial.com, they will have what you need.
     
  13. iSPARC macrumors newbie

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    I can confirm that they work, and work very well. I ordered them at the ShellShocker price and installed them last night. I haven't had any problems and for the price, it's probably one of the best upgrades I've done.
     
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    As long as the specs are correct, it should work.
     
  15. Whitelightning macrumors regular

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    Which is generally better, GSKILL or Crucial? I heard Corsair's are better in quality, but it seems most people either have GSKILL or Crucial.
     
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    I don't think you can say that X is better than Y. There is always a number of defective units, no matter what brand we are talking about. This means there are always people who say X sucks because they got a bad unit but there is a group of people who will say the same about Y.

    Personally, I always go for the cheapest RAM as long as it's from a name brand (i.e. a brand I've heard before and is sold by other resellers as well), has lifetime warranty and has good reviews.

    If G.Skill is the cheapest, go for it. RAM rarely fails anyway so the point about quality or reliability is moot.
     
  17. iSPARC macrumors newbie

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    Keep in mind that most memory manufacturers do not make their own RAM chips, so much much like SandForce SSD drives...they're all pretty much the same. What changes from company to company is their QA and binning process. I was involved in testing engineering samples of GSkill RAM and SSDs for years and I can assure you that they hold both of the above mentioned qualities in high regard.

    You can't go wrong with either. It doesn't matter who you buy from or how much it costs, there's always a potential for it to arrive DOA or die an early unexpected death. All of the above companies will gladly take of any issues you have and usually do it in a very timely manner.
     
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    One is PC3-10600 while the other one is PC3-10666 (no difference, just different ways to name it). Model numbers are the same so they are the same, just listed twice.
     

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