5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2009 3:05 PM by not oakie
Martijn Samsom Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
Who makes the RAM Macbook/MacbookPro ships with? I don't want to mess around with third party RAM that may or may not work. The threads on which RAM works indicate it is pretty much a roll of the dice trying to find RAM that works. Only exception being the RAM the computer ships with or the RAM you get from Apple. Who makes that RAM? I can't find this information anywhere. Seems like a logical solution to just buy what Apple buys. System profiler says the manufacturer is: 0x80CE
Can't figure out who that is. Can someone crack that code?

Macbook 2.4g Aluminum, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (26,600 points)
    There is no code. All RAM is the same. It is all manufactured by a few companies to about the same quality standards. The difference is that each chip has a specific set of specifications. Not all specifications are appropriate for all computers. All those manufacturers sell to the same set of retailers. So, the only thing really meaningless about RAM is the name brand.

    I don't know the details of which specification work with which Macs. The easiest thing to do is just buy it from a reputable retailer that will guarantee the RAM will work in your Mac. Decent retailers will check those specifications and ensure it works before selling it. That is why RAM from Apple (which is identical to any other RAM) always works. If you don't want to pay Apple prices, I recommend OWC Their prices are as cheap as you will find anywhere, and it will work.
  • aliciar Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    My 2.4ghz macbook came with samsung ram. When I installed 4gb of Kingston I had issues. I have since bought 4gb of Samsung ram from Ebay and it is working fine.
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,715 points)
    Who makes the RAM Macbook/MacbookPro ships with?


    The lowest bidder?
  • Martijn Samsom Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Thanks for getting me up to speed on this. I just assumed Apple works with one supplier. I guess I'll just take my chances and see what happens. I can always put the 1 gig sticks back in. Hopefully the problems aren't as wide spread as it seems from reading all the posts.
  • not oakie Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    my late 2008 macbook 2ghz came with Micron modules, 1gb each stick, DDR3 1066mhz with a CAS Latency of 7.

    I just replaced them (about 20 minutes ago) with modules from Ramjet... 2 x 2gb DDR3 1066mhz CAS Latency 7 modules manufactured by Transcend, chips by Samsung (SEC).

    i had read extensively about problems with RAM upgrades on these machines so I went with Ramjet, which was the only supplier that no one mentioned anything negative about. i was going to go with Crucial or OWC, except a few had mentioned using them and having issues, oddly enough.

    the unibody macbooks seem to be really, really finicky. i'm keeping my fingers crossed (and my original sticks close).