Don’t get stiffed on the RAM, again


About this time last year, with the announcement of the Mac Mini, I advised everybody to stay away from Apple RAM because it was too expensive.

With the new Intel based Macs the situation unfortunately has not changed.

The new MacBook for example is available in a 1GB, with one SO-DIMM, configuration. You can upgrade that to 2GB by adding another SO-DIMM. Apple will charge you 210GBP, including VAT for the DIMM. Crucial (a branch of Micron Technology who make lots of OEM RAM) already have the new MacBooks in their system.

Crucial charge just under 87GBP, inc. VAT. For the same additional 1GB SO-DIMM.

Apple are charging almost 2.5 times the price for the same RAM!

As always, it always pays to shop around…


Chris Holland

i’ve found some good deals for powerbook ram on,,, and more recently from Omni

I totally agree it definitely pays to shop around for RAM. Well worth the effort of looking-up the precise RAM chipset your Mac needs, and plugging it every online hardware marketplace you can get your paws off.

You’ve gotta be careful though. Months ago, i went thru 3 bad ram chips from Omni technologies as they were still working through known kinks and kept sending me bad chips. They eventually gave me a similarly priced chip from another vendor.

Depending on which RAM slot a bad chip lives, problems may occur sooner or later. If the chip lives on a slot that’s used first, you’ll see your system freeze, crap out during or shortly after booting. If your bad chip lives on a RAM slot that’s used later in the chain, you might not start seeing any problem until you start opening more applications and/or doing more memory-intensive stuff.

I drove myself batty last year with my first bad RAM chip which I hadn’t right-away recognized as a bad chip. My system was seemingly randomly misbehaving, applications would crash and/or quit on me after a while, i couldn’t understand what was going on. I even ran a diagnostic tool that supposedly probed my RAM but failed to recognized it as faulty.

But it was faulty.

Anyway, not the end of the world, when you mail-order RAM from vendors, you’ve just gotta be mindful that the chip they send you might be bad. Test your system right-away, open-up a bunch of applications, do memory-intensive stuff, and make sure everything is stable.


I generally shop for Apple OEM RAM at, which has always had great, competitive prices on it so I don’t have to worry about incompatibilities nor break my wallet (though the latter would be hard to do). It’s a little slower to update with new models, but again, the prices are great.


Yep, agree with last poster – Dell charge double and then some for memory upgrades. You could argue they’re margin is so small on the boxes that they can charge extra for these niceities but for Apple it doesn’t quite make same sense!?? Good advice though, shop around :)


This is not a Apple only thingie dell, fujitsu-siemens and others do the same thing.

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