Why is "official" Apple RAM so expensive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by DaBorg, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. DaBorg macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking at upgrading my Mac Mini to 8GB of RAM (from 4). I checked out the Apple store (eeek, I know) and it was around $600 CDN for the 8GB of RAM!!!!

    Question, though...based on what I know of the type of RAM in the mini, I can purchase some non-Apple branded RAM form my local computer store for about $100.

    I know Apple is over-priced, but this is insanely over-priced. Am I missing something or risking anything if I go with the non-Apple RAM?

    Specifically, the RAM I'm looking at getting is this one:
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_309&item_id=033394
     
  2. wpotere Guest

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    I use Crucial...

    www.crucial.com

    Apple has always been high priced with their products. You won't miss anything by going with another vendor.
     
  3. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    There is nothing wrong with buying ram from a 3rd party. Check out OWC.
     
  4. neko girl macrumors 6502a

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  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Even that link you posted is overpriced. You don't need to look for apple-specific memory, you just need DDR3 1067MHz 204-pin SODIMMs
     
  6. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    I've used OWC for ages, but I've been through two of their NuRAM sets for my Mini and have had serious problems (kernel panics, memtest errors, etc).

    I just picked up an 8GB G.Skill pair from newegg for $70. Here's a list of DDR3 PC8500 ram.
     
  7. ozred macrumors 6502

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    Apple prides itself at charging the highest prices of all.
     
  8. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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  10. vincenz macrumors 601

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    All RAM purchased from Apple is blessed by Steve Jobs. I thought everyone knew this.
     
  11. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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    Not with holy water, I hope.
     
  12. Detosx macrumors regular

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    Thanks, torbjoern, as we know all computers raise concerns but less so Macs, your holy water comment made me laugh! I hope Steve is receiving blessings and good care and he is in my thoughts and prayers.

    I ran some technical inquiries past OWC and found them helpful. It is a pity they don't have a store in the UK. Unless I am wrong on this and I don't know about the Mini, Samsung (and possibly Hynix) seem to be the only wholly reliable brand at 16GB in the 2010 iMac, which further cements my generally good view of Samsung. I will probably have to order from OWC and absorb the shipping/customs.
     
  13. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    Official Apple anything is expensive.
    Never buy memory/HDD upgrades etc. from Apple, that logo on the box will add about 75% to the real price.
     
  14. Hans Brix macrumors 6502

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    All companies mark up the price on RAM upgrades.
     

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