What RAM to buy for Macbook Pro? Where to buy it?

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  1. JellyFish macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I just got a new 15 inch macbook pro (love it so far!) and I want to raise the ram from 2GB to 4GB.

    What ram do I need to buy? And where can I get it? I have an account at newegg.com but I do not know which ram there to pick for a new macbook pro.

    Anybody know? Thank you in advance. :)
     
  2. entropy1980 macrumors regular

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    Hit up crucial.com it'll give you all the info as to what ram type max amoutn supported etc., that's what I always do...
     
  3. JellyFish thread starter macrumors regular

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    BTW, I don't want to buy it from Apple as theirs is around $750 and that seems way too high to me.
     
  4. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    You shouldn't have to pay any more than $250. I'm not sure where from, but I'll look. Yes, Apple rips you off with their upgrades.
     
  5. JellyFish thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great tip, thanks! But unfortunately they don't have any more right now. They're all out. :eek: :(

    Any other good sites to buy from?
     
  6. JellyFish thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, nevermind. I just placed an order with https://eshop.macsales.com. Hopefully I'll get it in the next two days.

    Thank you all for your responses. I got it for $219.
     
  7. JellyFish thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ha ha. I cancelled my order and got a better deal somewhere else! Woohoo! :D :)
     
  8. entropy1980 macrumors regular

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    Where'd you find a better deal? Do share :)
     
  9. brbubba macrumors 6502

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    I think he meant to pull the info off of the site and then go find it on newegg or somewhere else.

    Here are the matched pairs on Newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...10525+1309221136+1309121118&name=4GB+(2+x+2GB)

    Here are the single sticks on Newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...381+1052910525+1309221136+1309121116&name=2GB

    I went with two single sticks on my Macbook, so they shouldn't necessarily have to be matched. Although it looks like pricewise going the matched route is cheaper.

    P.S. - Not that I would need it, but I assume here that the Macbooks can't handle 4GB since apple doesn't offer that as an option in the store???
     
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  11. shawmanus macrumors member

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    $90 for 2GB DIMM is amazing. So for $180 u can have 4GB in your laptop(Even less if u can less old memory in EBAY). The big question is do we need 4GB in a laptop?
     
  12. heatasmallhouse macrumors regular

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    but is it crap?

    Has anyone really tried this Patriot RAM out yet? Does it perform or is it b-grade crap?

    Feel free to post a link to a different thread. I searched but I seem to have missed the discussion.
     
  13. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    Patriot is name-brand up there with Corsair. It uses Micron chips, same as Crucial. Great brand.

    As for other posts:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=313666
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=310969
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=310746
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=310480
     
  14. heatasmallhouse macrumors regular

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  15. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Interesting about the Patriot RAM, I have a 1GB patriot SD card that I got for $12 at Fry's, but wasn't sure about the quality (and 4GB of RAM for a high-end computer isn't anywhere near a 1GB flash card).
     
  16. JellyFish thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yup! That's the one that I ordered after I cancelled my other order! Woohoo! I saw it in the other thread. :D
     
  17. JellyFish thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I will be running Linux and Windows via Parallels so I want as much ram as I can have. They do okay with 2GB but I prefer to have more than that as I don't want to choke my OS X apps by not having enough ram to spread around between operating systems.

    Plus it just seems so cool to have so much ram. Makes me feel important! :p ;)
     
  18. Ludaru macrumors member

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    Kingston 4096MB DDR2 PC5300 KIT
    667MHz, CL5, non-ECC

    Is this the correct configuration for MBP memory? And is Kingston OK for the MBP?
     
  19. brbubba macrumors 6502

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    As long as its a SODIMM, yes. We posted enough links for ya, just compare the specs to one of those.
     
  20. eb3604 macrumors member

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    Enough with these ram posts. They're multiplying like rabbits. Right after the mbp was released I compiled a list of ram dealers inc. prices and warranty. it needs to be sticked.
     
  21. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Patriot uses Micron chips on third party boards, just the same as OWC and DMS. The difference is that Patriot and Outpost do not state compatibility or support Mac, so its up to the purchaser to do the research and take the risk of incompatibilty -- which may be small, but there are no guarantees that the build of that generic module will not change in the future.

    My concern as always, is that most Mac owners, newbies especially, can benefit from a seller who knows and supports Macs specifically, rather than a PC discounter.
     
  22. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    More mac-compatibility trolling.

    As I said before, find me new RAM that doesn't work in the MacBook / MacBook Pro and you'll have some sort of point, otherwise... it's getting old.

    Patriot guarantees that their RAM works, and since there is no distinguished difference between the Apple motherboards (other than EFI and the TCM) there is no reason to flaunt "mac compatible" everywhere, since it's a non-issue.
     
  23. nicklad macrumors 6502

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    Please please stop posting using emotive language in an authoritative tone, talking from ignorance.

    RAM is made to a specification.

    In this case, Apple state themselves at http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305614 :

    Apple are using Intel standard parts, present in an order of magnitude more PC's than Mac's.

    For the SR MBP, Apple are using Intel's 965 Express Chipset.

    Benefit how exactly?!?
     
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