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Question about Crucial RAM

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Kayla6277 Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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Mar 14, 2013 2:17 AM

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

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,780 points)
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    Mar 14, 2013 2:50 AM (in response to Kayla6277)

    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

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,780 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 3:07 AM (in response to Kayla6277)

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


    Clinton

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 4:12 AM (in response to Kayla6277)

    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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  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 4:12 AM (in response to Kayla6277)

    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.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 6:20 AM (in response to Kayla6277)

    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.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 6:50 AM (in response to Kayla6277)

    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).

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