upgrading memory question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AdamL, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. AdamL macrumors member

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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.
     
  2. chrisdazzo macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  3. L3X macrumors 6502a

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    I prefer OWC (other world computing) - it's cheaper than Crucial and you can still select your notebook pretty easily
     
  4. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  5. profBIll macrumors newbie

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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
     

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