8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 11, 2006 12:33 AM by Kappy
Alexander Chan1 Level 1 (20 points)
Hey everyone, I'm thinking of purchasing a Macbook (2 ghz white) in the near future. I'm thinking of putting in 2x1GB RAM inside myself.

My question is, in your guys' experience, does the brand of RAM make any difference in speed/dependability? The difference between buying generic RAM and having Apple put it in is as much as $300...I'd like to just get some cheap generic ones, but not if it's going to cause problems. Thanks in advance.

iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4)
  • Kappy Level 10 (265,900 points)
    Not really. The main differences between cheap and expensive are the warranty and the brand name. Buy from a reputable dealer who has a decent return policy.
  • Scott Radloff Level 6 (14,490 points)

    Per Kappy's advice, look here.

  • dwb Level 7 (22,615 points)
    We all have our favorite vendors and/or brand. Crucial Technologies has always been one of my favorite vendors, as has OWC. New Egg has also been one of my favorite spots - most of my home built PCs have contained a goodly number of components from them. One nice feature of New Egg is its customer rating system which can often clue you into something to avoid or take a closer look at.
  • Eric Kracinski Level 6 (15,925 points)
    As long as the reseller guarantees Mac compatibility and has a lifetime replacement warrantee you are as safe as you can be.

    That said, I have used OWC - MacSales.com - and it worked well. I currently use Patriot RAM in both my first gen G5 iMac and my BlackBook and no problems with either one.
  • stooma Level 1 (95 points)
    I went with 2 Gigs of Patriot RAM from New Egg on my Macbook and I have had no problems so far (~2 months).
  • Modelno15 Level 1 (10 points)
    In the world of RAM, there are two companies that stand out the most. Crucial and Corsair memory. Both of them have vary low flaws rate and competitive pricing. Crucial is best for there warranty and there nice tech help. They are most recognized with home consumers and some IT people. Corsair is best for there performance with memory, and quality. They are best know in the programing and computer building world, since they have ram made for ALL gaming computer systems, along with motherboards and video cards.

    These are the best companies that I can recommend, there are alot of other out in the world, that are just as good... but you won't need to know about them. So for now it just comes down to what company can give you a better price point. I personal use both, and have been since i can remember.
  • Alexander Chan1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Great, thanks everyone!

    I think I'll see what the cheapest ones are, and then compare their return/warranty policies to see how they compare. Thanks again
  • Kappy Level 10 (265,900 points)
    I think you got some very useful help. If you agree then:

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