Worth it?

KA2357

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Jul 2, 2005
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I've got a G3-800 iBook with 128MB of RAM, running OSX 10.3. The iBook runs well, though slow, and I'm wondering if people think adding 256MB (bringing it to 384) would be a worthwhile investment. I can get a 256MB SODIMM for <$70.

I only use the iBook for simple web browsing and word processing w/Word. What do you think... worth it?
 

yellow

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Oct 21, 2003
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Yes, worth it!

I am of a mind that more RAM is almost always worth it. In this case, you will DEFINITELY notice a difference, so I say, GO FOR IT! :D
 
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PlaceofDis

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Jan 6, 2004
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get that, or even more ram if you can, you will notice a huge difference

i have tiger on my 876mhz powerbook, i was running with 256 for a while, i upped it to the max 640 or so and its a totally different world
 
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KA2357

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Jul 2, 2005
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OK, sounds like people are saying that a RAM upgrade is worth it, even on this older iBook. I've been looking at memory and see that I can get a Kingston 512MB PC100 SODIMM for about $175 vs. a Crucial 512MB PC133 SODIM for about $120. Both SODIMMs are supposed to be for my iBook, which has a system bus of 100 MHz. Do I need to spend the extra for the Kingston unit that's also at 100MHz, or will the Crucial SODIMM at 133 be fine -- again, both companies state their unit is compatible.

Which to get?
 
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dmied

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Jul 25, 2005
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Go for it

I have a G3 500mhz iBook maxxed out to 640mb and I runs 10.3.9 just fine. If you're only using your iBook for e-mail and the like, then absolutely go for it. The 133mhz RAM will work in your computer; it will run at 100mhz. The rule for RAM is this: faster speeds will slow down to your maximum speed but slower speeds than your computer supports won't work. You will notice a good change in speed with a extra 512mb under the keyboard.
 
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Xeem

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Feb 2, 2005
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As long as you're name brand (Corsair, Kingston, Crucial, Mushkin) you'll be fine.

Edit: almost forgot to actually recommend that you upgrade; you will notice the difference.
 
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KA2357

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Jul 2, 2005
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Thanks to everyone... you've convinced me to go with 512MB and I'll get the Crucial SODIMM, since it's guaranteed and is $50 cheaper than Kingston. Thanks!
 
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