Upgrading from 4 to 8 GB of RAM - Apple direct versus third party?

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  1. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    Upgrading the 15" or 17" MBP's to 8 GB of Ram costs $350 directly through Apple and apparently close to $1,000 on newegg. Are there any alternatives? Last time I did a RAM upgrade it was significantly cheaper to do buy crucial or other RAM. Thanks.
     
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  3. kny3twalker macrumors 65816

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    You can buy 8 GB of GSkill Ram from newegg from 199.98 with free shipping.
     
  4. aeboi macrumors 65816

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    yup^^^
     
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  6. kny3twalker macrumors 65816

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    $239.99 if you need newegg to send them in one nice little package and like paying a premium for newegg listing them as apple memory. But if you can imagine just for one second that there is no such thing as apple specific memory and if you are willing to order the ram as two single sticks, then you can save $40.01.

    I think anyone willing to waste the extra $40.01 is a MORON. :eek:
     
  7. akramer macrumors member

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    I slapped this exact RAM into my i7 MBP a couple days ago - works great so far. Hard to beat $199 and free shipping...
     
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    I have the same GSkill from NewEgg in my 13" uMBP and it has been working great. I ran the hardware diagnostics after installing to test and got no errors. I usually do this when installing new ram just to check. On the newer uMBP's you can just press F2 when booting and skip running it from the disc.
     
  9. demonsavatar macrumors regular

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    Regardless Apple's price is ridiculous for the 8GB upgrade. I ordered my MBP last week and just got the standard 4GB. I am waiting for DDR3 prices to drop, looks like they should be falling over the next few months. Then I will hopefully grab some high quality stuff for less than $200.

    Lowering DDR3 prices article: http://techreport.com/discussions.x/19277
     
  10. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thank you all very much for the information! Yesterday I did a quick google search and came up with some 4 GB stick for Macbook Pro's for over $400. I obviously should have searched harder.
     
  11. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    8GB is great for virtual machines and such. But most programs don't address anywhere near that much and it takes a lot of open programs to get beyond 4GB. As always, SSD might be a better place to put your money.

     
  12. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    Hey Warrena,

    I just ordered the same kit from NewEgg (well not really a kit, bought two 4GB SODIMMS individually to save some cash). I wanted to ask what your experience is with the RAM. Some of the reviews on NewEgg seem to indicate that these sticks may not work with the 2010 MBP?
     
  13. warrena macrumors member

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    I have them in a 2010 2.4 13" uMBP with no problems. I think they will probably work fine. You can do a memory test after installing to check, I typically just do the basic test (press F2 when booting to enter the hardware diags). I also use Rember (free utility) to test within OS X. Just quit all programs so it will test as much as possible. Like any memory, it is possible to get a bad stick but I have not had any issues so far.

    If you look at the ratings on NewEgg - the single stick got higher ratings overall (all 4 and 5's) than the 2 stick set - although it is the same memory.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231265
     

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