The difference in these ram and why one would work and others would not.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by scrace89, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. scrace89 macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2010
    They are all in the same category of ram on neweggs site but in the reviews some people say they work for the MBP and others say they do not.

    I have the newest 2010 MBP 17 i5. I'd like to spend the least amount of money but have great performance and quality.

    This is what I have been looking at.

    8GB (4gb x 2) 204pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500)


    G Skill:


    I know the crucial would be reliable and costs ~$230. the G.Skill is $180 and running a promo for $20 off so $160 which is considerably less expensive for the same thing. Which leads me to my question why would the G.Skill not work or perform slower/worse than the crucial ?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    There is only one review saying it doesn't work with Macs but there are plenty stating that it will work fine. It should work, Macs no longer use NVidia chipset so they aren't as picky with timings etc as they used to be
  3. scrace89 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2010
    so the G.Skill will work just as the crucial does?
  4. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2010
    Southern Ontario
    looking at the reviews, the reason the ram did not work was because the ram was faulty not because the macbook did not want to use it.
  5. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    I have 8gb of the G Skill and it works just fine 8 months now.
  6. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    I'm in the market for an 8gb RAM upgrade. This deal looks incredible. So I have to ask just as the OP did - what's the catch?

    why is some RAM so much cheaper and others much more expensive? What is the difference? Some more compatible with MBP's than others? Some faster than others? More reliable than others? I mean, they all come with a lifetime warranty - so what's it matter.
  7. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010
    Chicago IL
    I have the Crucial in my MBP 17" with 2.66 i7 and it works perfectly.
  8. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2009
    Shout out to Mushkin.

    I have the 8GB dual channel memory kit from Mushkin. Works great!
  9. scrace89 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2010
    I ordered the G.Skill. the increase in price may be due to name brands and so on, where you are paying a premium for a name brand.

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