11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 15, 2013 6:50 AM by Ralph Landry1
Kayla6277 Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

Are these actually different or do both work with the MBP? Are they just trying to make some extra money cos it's Apple?

 

Both are Crucial DDR3 1600Mhz PC3-12800 SODIMM 204-pin 16GB (8GB*2) RAM

The only differences in the specs I can find are these: (Mac to the right)

"Part number"

CT3327432 vs. CT2KIT102464BF160B

"Upgrading type"

System specific vs. Industry standard

 

"Designed for"

iMac and MBP vs. *Empty*

 

"Voltage"

1.35 / 1.5V vs. 1.35V

  • 1. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,675 points)

    Crucial RAM is an excellent brand. I would purchase what they recommend. If you go to the Crucial website and use the System Scanner, you'll be presented with the RAM upgrade that is right for your particular machine. That's what you should buy.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Clinton

  • 2. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    Kayla6277 Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Yes I know, that wasn't really my question tho... I was wondering what the difference is, if there is any? Here in Sweden the Mac RAM costs more, at Crucial they cost the same, which is why I was wondering if they were just trying to make a few extra bucks or if there really is a difference.

  • 3. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,675 points)

    At the US Crucial website, both kits sell for $127.99 at the Crucial website - where are you shopping?


    Clinton

  • 4. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    Kayla6277 Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    I'm in Sweden, here the Mac RAM is 1.199:- and the other one is 899:- + 59:- for shipping. (not Crucial website)

     

    If I order from Crucial I have to order it from the UK, than both are 122,49Euro with VAT and shipping.

    122,49Euro = 1.022:- so not really worth it. ($127,99 = 824:- to give you a hint on the money)

  • 5. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,515 points)

    Clinton's point is correct, there is no quality difference between the ram Apple sells (which they do not make themselves but buy off the market) and what you can get from sources like Crucial and OWC.  When I bought my MacBook Pro in September 2011, Apple was using ram made by Samsung, OWC was offereing three brands, one of which was Samsung, for much lower price than Apple.  You cannot just walk in an Apple store and buy ram, they have to install for you.  Part of their price, then, is the installation time.

     

    When buying and paying shipping, customs duty if it applies, and currency conversions, you have to make the decision about are you saving enough money or is it more cost-effective to just have Apple install the memory for you.  That question we cannot answer.  Technical questions about the ram, yes.

     

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  • 6. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Kayla6277 wrote:

     

    Here in Sweden the Mac RAM costs more

     

    Apple supplied RAM always costs more.

     

    Crucial is Micron and they make the RAM themselves.

     

     

    Are they just trying to make some extra money cos it's Apple?

     

     

    Exactly, it's called a "markup". To make a profit on handing it and dealing with returns/exchanges etc.

  • 7. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    Kayla6277 Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Clinton's point is correct, there is no quality difference between the ram Apple sells (which they do not make themselves but buy off the market) and what you can get from sources like Crucial and OWC

    I know, but that has nothing to do with my question, I've already decided to get Crucial RAM for my MBP. I was wondering if there was a difference between the Crucial RAM specificly made for Mac and the other one made for everything else. The specs on both the RAM is close to identical except for the "for Mac" written on one if them.

     

    You cannot just walk in an Apple store and buy ram, they have to install for you.  Part of their price, then, is the installation time.

     

    Never said I was... why would I pay someone else to do something I'm more than capable of doing by myself?

     

    ... or is it more cost-effective to just have Apple install the memory for you.

     

    8GB installed by Apple = 980:- or 16GB installed by me = 998:- (found another company that sell Crucial here) so Apple will not be installing anything on my MBP

     

    Technical questions about the ram, yes.

    So back to my original question, is there a difference or am I paying extra for the words "for Mac"?

  • 8. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,515 points)

    As a general answer, yes it does make a difference when the ram is stated to be for a Mac.  Macs are extremely sensitive to their ram...must match the specs as closely as possible  When sources like OWC and Crucial sell ram noted for Macs, they are sell ram that has been tested to be sure it matches the Apple specs.  Other ram,. such as PC ram may or may not work in the Mac even though it seems to have the right specs.  Close doesn't count, has to be exact.

     

    So, yes, it is worth it to get "Msc" specific ram, save yourself the frustration you may have if the other ram doesn't work and you have to send it back.

  • 9. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    Kayla6277 Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Apple supplied RAM always costs more.

     

    Crucial is Micron and they make the RAM themselves.

     

    They aren't supplied by Apple, it's from one of our electronics stores since Crusial doesn't have a Swedish online store. All Apple products cost more in the Apple Online Store or Apple Store than in one of the Authorized Reseller stores here...

     

    Exactly, it's called a "markup". To make a profit on handing it and dealing with returns/exchanges etc.

     

    Okay that's what I thought, it's kinda weird tho... but I guess, anything to make an extra buck...

  • 10. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    Kayla6277 Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    As a general answer, yes it does make a difference when the ram is stated to be for a Mac.  Macs are extremely sensitive to their ram...must match the specs as closely as possible  When sources like OWC and Crucial sell ram noted for Macs, they are sell ram that has been tested to be sure it matches the Apple specs.  Other ram,. such as PC ram may or may not work in the Mac even though it seems to have the right specs.  Close doesn't count, has to be exact.

    But the specs are near identical except for the words "for Mac"

     

    So, yes, it is worth it to get "Msc" specific ram, save yourself the frustration you may have if the other ram doesn't work and you have to send it back.

     

    Since I found the RAM I want and it's the one Crucial recommends, for the price it should have, I'm getting that one.

    My whole point is I that I hate when they try to charge more because it's for Apple when Crucial sell them for the same price, that's why I wanted to know.

  • 11. Re: Question about Crucial RAM
    Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,515 points)

    Well, yes you have a point.  If you bought the less expensive PC marked ram and it worked, you would be happy.  If it did not work and you had to pay shipping to send it back and shipping for Mac marked ram I would expect you to be unhappy.  To me it is not worth the hassle that it may or may not work.  I have always been happy with the way Crucial and OWC ram has worked for me (I only buy the Mac-specific ram).