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My younger sister is in the market for a new computer, and like seemingly everyone else these days, she’s looking for a Mac. So as a good big brother, I’m helping her figure out what to get. While pricing out the new Intel iMac and MacBook […]

My younger sister is in the market for a new computer, and like seemingly everyone else these days, she’s looking for a Mac. So as a good big brother, I’m helping her figure out what to get.

While pricing out the new Intel iMac and MacBook Pro, the RAM prices caught my attention.

  • 2x512mb = $100
  • 1x1gb = $100

That alone is pretty cool. So I went over to Crucial to do a little comparison shopping. (Right now, Crucial’s the only memory shop that I saw that lists Apple’s new Intel models.) Their upgrades look like this:

  • a 512mb chip = $109
  • a 1gb chip = $140

So for probably the first time I’ve ever heard of, your memory upgrades through Apple are cheaper than doing it yourself after the fact! Thanks Apple!

On the MacBook Pro, the 2x512mb upgrade is also $100 compared to Crucial’s $109. However, Apple is asking $200 for a 1x1gb upgrade, whereas Crucial’s is still only $140.

  1. Would it be too cynical to say it sounds like a mistake to me?

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  2. Yeah – will have to keep an eye on it. But take advantage while you can!!

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  3. I bet you can find it cheaper still on Newegg. All you’d need to lookout for is DDR2 667 (PC2-5300) RAM.

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  4. Nick – you are not looking at the prices correctly.

    The prices quoted on the Apple Store are for the *DIFFERENCE*, not the price of the actual chips.

    Through Apple’s store you have two choices for 1GB of RAM, either you choose two 512MB (whih takes $100 off the price of a single 1GB) or you choose a single 1GB (which adds $100 to the 2x512MB price.

    The cost of the RAM chips is *NOT* $100, that’s just the difference between the two options.

    Now check the price difference between selecting the 1x1GB SODIMM and 2x1GB SODIMM options.

    The price difference is $300 – IE you are being being charged an *ADDITIONAL* $300 for an extra 1GB SO DIMM.

    Compare that price to the $140 for a 1 GB DIMM from Crucial and you can see that $300 for that 1GB DIMM from Apple is expensive.

    In fact, it’s so expensive that you could buy a MacBook Pro with 1 512MB SO DIMM (different in price to 2GB is $400), but 2x1GB DIMMs from Crucial and you would still SAVE $120 *AND* have a 512MB SO-DIMM to sell on eBay for your trouble.

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  5. It is a good deal to pay the $100 for the extra 512MB and get it as one stick.
    But that is where it ends.
    I got a gig of memory from http://www.datamem.com/AMM16.asp for $115 with free shipping.
    The 512MB stick is $59.

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  6. Chris Brummel Friday, January 27, 2006

    What’s with your #s? The last paragraph contradicts the numbers you list. Apple is asking $100 for a 1x1gb upgrade in one spot and $200 in the next? For a single chip of 512, it’s $109 at Crucial, but then you compair the price to Apple’s 2x512mb deal as equal.

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  7. Martin – so the DIFFERENCE in buying 2×512 from apple is $100. If I just get the base 1×512 from apple, and then order 1×512 from crucial, it’s gonna cost me $109 shipping.
    The DIFFERENCE is $9 shipping more than I’d be paying apple…

    Am I being dense here?

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  8. Chris – the last paragraph is talking about the MACBOOK PRO memory upgrade pricing, not the iMac. The pricing differs for the 2 models.

    2×512 upgrade for both the iMac and the MacBook Pro is $100
    but the 1x1gb upgrade pricing differs between the iMac and the MacBook Pro. Go to Apple.com and see for yourself in the store if you don’t believe me.

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  9. you aren’t being dense, but you can get a name brand so-dimm ddr2 from newegg.com for $48. so that doesn’t seem too cheap to me.

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  10. Hi Nick,

    No, I apologize – I didn’t look at the low end model (which has a 512MB option, the higher model has 1GB or 2GB options only.

    So you are right – and yes, on comparison to Crucial, it does look like a good deal, but Crucial’s price also seems artificially high anyway. $120 for 512MB and $140 for 1GB seems very odd. I don’t expect the price to be half, but less than 20% difference is strange.

    I suspect you could still get that 512MB from another supplier and still beat Apple’s price.

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