RAM upgrade question

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Brianmp007, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Brianmp007 macrumors newbie

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    So I know theres probably a million topics dealing with this subject but I had a quick question about upgrading the RAM on my mid 2007 macbook.

    I have the black 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo macbook and was wondering if it would be a better choice to buy single 1gb stick and a single 2gb stick of ram or to buy the 2x2 GB sticks for the 4 GB.

    I know that this macbook can only support 3.3 GB and was curious about the pros and cons of these two options.

    I was also hoping someone could recommend a good site to buy RAM from

    thanks in advance
    brian
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Yes...there have been ~1.543 million threads on MacBook RAM upgrades...we do have a search button at the top for assistance ;)

    Pros to 2x2GB: Fully utilize 3.3GB available memory. Purchasing in pairs can be cheaper than buying two single DIMMS at times. Dual-channel support.

    Pros to 1x1GB, 1x2GB: None that I can think of other than saving a couple bucks.
     
  3. greatmaju macrumors member

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    I thought that in macbooks, you had to have RAM in pairs. to 2X1GB or 2X2GB RAM. Could just be for different versions of macbook.

    I have a quick Q whilst we are on the topic:
    I have an early 2008 (polycarbonate) macbook, with 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM.
    Do I have to buy the same type (so 2X2 GB 667Mhz DDR2 SDRAM?)
    And, I did look and came across ValueRAM. do you have to buy the same make of RAM? (Company I suppose as well) or would any that is listed in Google Shopping do?

    I realise, that might be a bit confusing.
     
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  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    That should work fine. You may want to see what Crucial offers, even via Newegg pricewise. Crucial tends to be a trusted brand, I use them all the time for PCs.

    As for the post before yours, no you don't need matching pairs in the MacBook. The only benefit of them is dual-channel memory is only available when the DIMMs are matching. The benefit of this is pretty minor, and if you need the extra memory of non-matching, having more memory is a bigger performance boost than dual-channel matching.
     
  6. mcmanus7 macrumors 6502a

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    Personally i went with Mushkin perfect match ram for my macbook 2.16.... did the 2 x 2GB and wow upgrading from 1 gb of ram to the utilized 3.3 GB is a huge change....

    I know a lot of people who run the mushkin perfect match in macbooks/imacs and i've never heard of a problem...

    I believe newegg sells the 4gb kit for 66.99
     
  7. greatmaju macrumors member

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  8. mcmanus7 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think you'd notice a difference between 3GB and 3.3GB.... but for ram I almost always go with the MAXIMUM... maybe someday apple will figure out a way to address the other .7GB or ram...
     
  9. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    I think the 3.3GB limit is a hardware limitation with the memory controller...not positive though.
     
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