upgrading memory question

AdamL

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I'm looking into buying memory for my Mac Book Pro. I was looking on newegg for some and I noticed there's laptop memory and then mac memory. Is there really a difference between the two? Thanks.
 

chrisdazzo

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I'd recommend going to Crucial.com to buy memory. It's relatively cheap, and you can choose exactly the right memory stick(s)/kit you need for whatever Mac or PC you have. Works well for me.
 

L3X

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I'd recommend going to Crucial.com to buy memory. It's relatively cheap, and you can choose exactly the right memory stick(s)/kit you need for whatever Mac or PC you have. Works well for me.
I prefer OWC (other world computing) - it's cheaper than Crucial and you can still select your notebook pretty easily
 

mgargan1

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I'm looking into buying memory for my Mac Book Pro. I was looking on newegg for some and I noticed there's laptop memory and then mac memory. Is there really a difference between the two? Thanks.
to answer your question, not really. Just make sure you're buying ram from a reputable source... and that the specs match exactly what apple's standards are.
 

profBIll

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Just checking, but in buying memory for the macbook pro (mine's the new one, 2.4GHz SR), it should be:

  • pc2-5300 or pc2-5400. As far as I can tell it doesn't seem to matter
  • a ddr2 667 so-dimm 200 pin module
  • no ECC, Cas Latency (CL) is 5
  • I'm guessing it should not have a heat shield as that would make fit a problem

Anything else I should know? Prices vary, but at newegg for a 2Gb that module is running a little over $100. Depends on the vendor. OCZ is $122, Patriot $116, Corsair $130.

Also, anyone want to opine how much difference 2Gb vs 4Gb makes for Parallels running Vista? I tuned Vista to not run Superfetch, Search or Index which makes it just usable, but has anyone actually experienced the difference between 2Gb and 4Gb? Just curious. Thanks.

--bill