Whats the best RAM to buy right now?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dailydoseofk, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. dailydoseofk macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2008
    Hey guys I just got a new MBP 2.4ghz with 2gb ram and wanted to upgrade to 4gb ram. Whats the best deal going on for ram?
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
  3. dailydoseofk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2008
  4. ashon3611 macrumors member


    Aug 8, 2004
    id check out bensbargains.net, newegg.com or fatwallet.com's forums to look around... I bought some from newegg.com 9 months ago when the previous iteration of mbps came out, they have people who comment on there about compatibility with different laptops. i think mine was patriot, it was about $200 for 2 x 2gb, its alot cheaper now but i didnt want to be thinking.. "can she[my mbp] be running faster?" gl!
  5. BikeSDP macrumors newbie


    Nov 18, 2006
    Longmont, CO
    I just bought 4GB direct from crucial.com the other day for barely $100 (seems too cheap). A couple members of this forum indicated some complaints about their biz practices, but I personally don't have any less recent experience than last weekend with buying RAM to agree/disagree with that. I don't have the RAM or the MBP to put it in yet, so I can't talk about the quality/compatibility. I just installed 3GB in a late '06 iMac and that RAM was Corsair from Newegg. It seems to be working fine, but it's only been a few hours. As an aside, the late '06 iMac will only see 3GB.
  6. macsean macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2008
    Just bought G.skill 4gb RAM from Newegg. I bought the latency 4 as opposed to the slightly cheaper latency 5. Not sure if the Macbooks take advantage of this, but xtra few bucks was minimal.

    Working wel, Windows XP on Boot camp is alot quicker than my 5 year old desktop PC.


    $79.00 for 4GB. lifetime warranty and latency 4 thrown in for good measure...hard to beat.

    Was looking at the Apple specific Corsair "high-performance" 4gb RAM (also latency 4), too much for me to justify the expense especially with similar G.skill for much less.

    MacBook (white), 2.4Ghz, 320gb HD (Western Digital), 4GB RAM (G.Skill)
  7. edcoche macrumors regular


    Nov 2, 2007
    I have a Blackbook 2.2 and I am in the market for some new ram. The 2x512 it came with is not doing it for me. What is the difference b/w CL4 and CL5 ram? I was thinking about buying some from Crucial's website for $97 shipped but then I read macsean's post. Does CL4/CL5 make any difference on a macbook 2.2?? Please advise. :confused:

  8. macsean macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2008
    I don't know too much about the Latency. What I do know is that Latency 4 can potentially yield better performance than Latency 5. With that being said, I have not been able to read anything definitive that the Macbooks or Macbook Pros can take advantage of Latency 4.

    In PCs it possible to set-up the BIOS to recognize Latency 4. But not sure if there is an option on the Mac to do this or if any of that sort of thing is done automatically.

    I do know that Corsair has come out with an Apple Performance Ram that uses Latency 4 along with some other tweaks to increase performance over regular 4GB Ram. But I know of nobody that has tested this to be true...its a new product, so may have to wait and see.

    For me, the $9 difference between the Latency 5 and 4 made it no brainer. They both work and who knows, maybe performance is a little better. Right now I have no reason to complain.

    MacBook (white), 2.4Ghz, 320gb HD (Western Digital), 4GB RAM (G.Skill)
  9. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Personally, I love OWC (www.macsales.com).

    But as far as the BEST place, it's any place that guarantees their RAM. There are many reports of the macbook pro being finnicky about what memory it likes and doesn't like. Do yourself a favor and get a place with a nice guarantee just in case you get bum RAM. Avoid eBay.
  10. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Latency 4 is faster than 5,but you won't notice it,shows only on benchmark, I used it in my 2.2 Blk MB,came with 1Gb, now has 4Gb-Flies!!!!!
    Mine was Kingston w/ lifetime warranty,$119 shipped. Lastly your MB will recognise and use CL4,4.5 or 5:apple::apple:forever
  11. Enzo macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2008
  12. scott9s macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2008
    I did the same thing. for having latency of 4, newegg's g.skill memory is worth the extra few bucks to buy over the Corsair.
  13. msft138 macrumors newbie


    Mar 24, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    I just bought the 4GB kit from crucial and it was around $115 after shipping. I installed them a couple weeks ago and so far so good.
  14. Nate4747 macrumors regular

    May 7, 2006
  15. pinktank macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2005
    fry's has a 2gb for 18 + shipping, ends today
  16. mstens macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2008
    I've had issues in the past with Fry's ram. So I'm always wary unless it's name brand from them.
  17. Pukey macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2008
    How on these sites such as OWC, Crucial, etc. do you find the latency of the RAM? On Newegg I clicked on the link to the G.Skill site and was able to find the latency there. However, for OWC I searched at their page for MBP 4GB RAM and couldn't find any info on latency. Anyone have any suggestions?
    Also I've heard people like DMS.
  18. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    You can take it for granted, today anyway, that ALL 667 MHz SODIMMs are CL5 unless they are specifically the Corsair or G.Skill low latency modules.

    The effects of CL4 seem to be minimal, based on Corsair's own testing (which is neither unbiased or scientifically rigorous). The improvement using 4 GB - 4 GB comparisons were 0.5% - 9%, with one result coming in at 19%. I have yet to be convinced of the real world benefit, but its an option for those who want to eke out every last advantage.
  19. pinktank macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2005
    ermm frys ram is not oem I think it's crucial or corsair, at least the one on sale is
  20. Achiever macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2008
    +2. I am a big proponent of OWC. Their customer service and knowledge of the Mac is second to none in my opinion.
  21. chrisbeebops macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    I recommend either Crucial or OWC. Go with which ever one is cheapest on that day. Both sites let you find the right memory by computer model, so it is guaranteed to be the same specs as the memory Apple puts in the machine.
  22. random818 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    I bought two of the 2gb sticks from Frys. They are Crucial brand and a samsung sticker is on the sticks. I am going to install them later today.

    4gb for under $50 :D
  23. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
  24. fredrickyoon macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2008
    Seoul, South Korea
    All I've used is Crucial memory with no issues whatsoever so far.
  25. MARTB macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2008
    Barrington Illinois
    I purchased 4gb direct from Crucial last week. Had no problem at all. 4gb with tax was $99. Shipped in four days with free shipping. Installed it in my new Penryn MBP 2.4 and works great.

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