Finding the Right Mac RAM

Last updated on August 26th, 2015 at 05:30 pm

Apple Computers are standardized, much more then PCs are. Each Apple is designed to work with Mac RAM, and only that one type of memory. This provides both advantages and disadvantages for their owners. For one thing, Apple computers are less likely to have quirky issues that PCs can sometimes develop due to the multitude of different manufacturers, for every type of component. This also means that the correct type of RAM is also fairly easily to find, at least from Mac-centered stores. However, it is also the source of two disadvantages that are related. First, since each computer has specific RAM needs, it will only work correctly with that specific Mac RAM. This leads to the second disadvantage – price. Because Apple is the most convenient source of these upgrades, they can also charge what they wish for memory and expect their consumers to pay.

What do I mean by this? Looking at the Apple Store, a 2GB memory upgrade for a PowerMac G5 desktop costs $400. However, we have the exact same model of RAM for approximately $170. Apple charges $230 more because it does not expect the majority of its consumers to be go out and find Mac RAM elsewhere. A similar 2GB upgrade for an iMac with Core 2 Duo costs $350, but the same type of memory is available here for less than half the price. These differences are primarily because Apple is the easiest source for upgrades for their computers, and do not expect their customers to shop around for upgrades.

Apple does provide excellent support guides to their users however. If you go to Apple’s website and click the Support tab in the upper-right, you’ll find a link to ‘Request Repair or Parts (DIY). Clicking this link brings you to a new screen, where you find a drop-down list on the right for installing DIY (Do it Yourself) parts for many different types of Apple desktop and laptop computers. Clicking on the model of your computer brings you to a final page where they offer guides for installing various types of components, including the new Mac RAM you purchased for your computer. This guide gives step by step instructions for opening your computer, installing the RAM and closing the computer up again properly. This is very useful for users looking to do their own upgrades, especially laptop owners, where the compactness of the design makes it more difficult to install upgrades.

If you’re looking for RAM, the most important things to know is how much RAM you need and what type of Mac RAM your computer takes. For office or school use, your Apple computer doesn’t need much RAM unless you plan to run Boot Camp and run Windows XP as well. Apple’s OS X ‘Tiger’ only requires 256MB to run, so 512MB or 1GB of RAM is probably enough. If you plan to run Windows XP, 1GB or more is a good idea, due to XP’s higher memory requirements. For developers who use their Mac professionally for graphic creation, rendering or such, you want as much RAM as they can afford to help speed up these sorts of programs and their tasks. At least 2GB of RAM is recommended, if not more. This is where knowing about your computer is important before you beginning buying Mac RAM. For example, in the G4 500MHz Macintosh computers , only 1.5GB of memory can be installed, but four slots are available. If you did not check the maximum memory your computer can take, you might try installing four 512MB RAM modules, only to have the last module not detect properly, wasting your money and time returning that module. Others in the Apple product line have specialized product requirements, such as installing your RAM in pairs, even if that type of memory can normally be installed singly in every other type of computer.

To find out what type of RAM your computer needs, you can use Apple’s website for their current lines, such as the G4 and G5 series. For older computers however, Apple no longer sells RAM through their website. That’s where our website and others like it can be helpful.

We offer Mac RAM for many older types of Apple computers, such as the G3 laptops and desktops, as well as the most current models Apple sells. Choose the type of computer you own, and the speed of your computer, and you can find what type of memory we carry for your computer.

You can also enter the model of your computer in our memory configurator to find a specific page for your model of computer, listing the sockets available, the maximum amount of RAM, what type of RAM is already normally installed and more. This sort of information can help you make an informed decision about how to upgrade your computer in the most effective and cost-effective fashion.

Finally, if you’re looking to replace a damaged stick or add more memory, enter the manufacturer part number for your Mac RAM module into the last field and it will bring you to the correct page for that type of RAM.

So if you’re interested in purchasing memory for your Macintosh computer, take a look at what we have to offer and compare it with what Apple offers through their web store. Like Apple, we offer a 100% guarantee that our memory will work with your system, and a lifetime warranty on the RAM to back up our guarantee. Even if you aren’t interested in purchasing Mac RAM at the moment, take a look around – we have flashmemory of all types, such as Compact Flash, Secure Digital, MMC, XD and more.

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